Pirates just signed Francisco Liriano. I know his numbers have not been great since coming off Tommy John surgery, but he has shown some some flashes since. He threw a no hitter in early 2011. Plus, I think a lot of guys have a tendency to produce a little more here because there is basically no pressure on them. Everyone expects them to lose anyway.
But the main reasons I like the signing, other than needing a leftie in the rotation, are:
1) It shows that Nutting is starting to open up the pocket book for players
2) It's only a 2 year deal, rather than 5 like a lot of FA starters get
3) Hopefully now we won't need to trade Hanrahan for a starter, like originally planned. And if we do trade the Hammer, hopefully we can get a proven vet to fill some gaps in the field. But while I think Grille could be a good closer, I would just as soon like to see Hanrahan back here this year.
I think in the end you will be happy. The pitcher you guys got will never be MLB material but Sands can swing it.
Hanrahan has electric stuff but he walks too many guys, especially pitching that late in a game.
Rockies signed Jeff Francis!
70 wins here we come!
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Peyton Freaking Manning