Originally Posted by frazod
Lynn? I'd say a pitcher who can only pitch reliably for half a season is somewhat overrated as well.
Yeah, let's give up on a kid that couldn't throw 200 innings in the bigs in his first shot as a full-time starter after throwing as a reliever the year before.
He was great in April, May and September. He was very good in July. There's no question that he struggled in June and August, before clearly hitting a wall in October, but these things happen to young pitchers.
Lynn is built like a horse and has a good power arsenal. He's essentially Aaron Harang at a hair over the minimum.
If you call him an ace caliber starter, yeah you're overrating him. If you call him among the best #3 starters in baseball, you're not. He's more valuable throwing 200 innings with a 3.50 ERA than Asdrubal Cabrera is playing Jeterrific defense and providing hollow offense. Given their respective financial obligations, it's not even close.