Originally Posted by siberian khatru
Yes. And I'd rather go 5 years on Sanchez than 3 on Dempster.
Yeah. Sanchez is a better version of Gil Meche in terms of risk, I think. 5 years, $75 million would be a big dip for him (not sure if they can get him for that, but it matches his demands for 6 years). But...
He would be 29-33 over the years of that contract, which are still pitching prime years for most guys. He has been consistently durable since the torn labrum. He is a solid No. 2 with the stuff to be a very good No. 2. And he's good enough to be a Game 1 starter in a playoff series.
The other reason I think this would be a nice upgrade... Sanchez can take that "No. 1" role like Meche did, and take some pressure off the younger pitchers as they come up. If KC pulls this off, Jake Odorizzi no longer comes up needing to be the savior. Same with Duffy when he comes back from TJ, Paulino, Lamb, Zimmer, etc.
We all saw how much better Greinke was once that pressure was removed...
I also think the signing sets you up nicely to bring up the young pitchers (Ventura, Odorizzi, Zimmer, Lamb, etc) that are 1.5-2 years away from the majors. Being brought up gradually, as a piece rather than the answer...