We’ve gone over this about 1,378 times already, but guys like Wallace Matthews insist on saying that Joba Chamberlain would be more valuable in the bullpen than he would be in the rotation. Thankfully, Jason takes him to task, once again deploying the principle behind the name of his blog to good effect:
With all due respect, I think Matthews is nuts. There are so many ways to dissect this, but I will stick to my basic mantra: Follow the money.
Top starters signed this off-season:
CC Sabathia, NYY, 7 years, $161 million
AJ Burnett, NYY, 5 years, $82.5 million
Derek Lowe, ATL, 4 years, $60 million
Top closers/set-up men signed this off-season:
Frankie Rodriguez, NYM, 3 years, $36 million
Kyle Farnsworth, KCR, 2 years, $9.25 million (sorry, I had to include him)
Follow the money. If closers (or, gasp) set-up men were so valuable, they’d be signing the big contracts. But it’s the horses in the rotation that pull the sled and are paid accordingly.
I suppose Matthews’ response to that could be the same: “Why do I continue to write the same column over and over despite the fact that its thesis has been refuted time and time again? Hey, it’s about the money, stupid.”