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Lance McCullers

Discussion in 'Houston Astros' started by jim1961, Feb 28, 2021.

  1. Air Langhi

    Air Langhi Contributing Member

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    seems like a lot given he hasn't pitched over 140 innings, but if he stays healthy it is a good deal.
     
  2. sealclubber1016

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    Certainly surprised the Astros were willing to guarantee that much to him. I figured 50-60 million over 4/5 years would have been the absolute ceiling. I'm hoping this means they really love what they've seen in camp.

    A ton of risk to the deal, but also lot of upside. He has the potential to be a dominant front end type guy if he can just stay healthy.
     
  3. Sep11ie

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    Such an overpay. That money should have gone elsewhere.
     
  4. Nook

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    McCullers has "real" movement on his pitches..... unlike half the league that is using substances..... the league is cracking down this year on substances and it appears that they won't even require pitchers to be caught red handed, so I suspect that pitchers with real movement will be at a premium.
     
  5. AznH-TownFan

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    Be nice to have umps checking on pitchers hats every once in awhile. Would be interesting.
     
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    Unless he stays healthy.
     
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    Interesting gamble on McCuller's. I hope it pays off. He's definitely a TOR starter when healthy.
     
  8. DVauthrin

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    It’s a gamble for sure, but if Lance gets back to the form he displayed before having Tommy John Surgery, he would have got a bigger deal in free agency. The Astros also had a glaring need in their starting rotation for next season with Verlander, Greinke and McCullers all scheduled to be free agents.
     
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    He's good enough to spend some cash on, but we didn't shop at Aldi's. This one cost us.
     
  10. Sep11ie

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    If he stays healthy, a big IF, it's still an overpay.
     
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    What $/WAR are you basing this on?
     
  12. rockets1995

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    Lance McCullers Jr. Agent is Scott Boras.

    I think it is a Discount. And with Lance being in his Prime.

    He looks more Physically Stronger. All the Best to him.
     
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    For people complaining about the price tag, would you rather have MadBum? Stroman? Ryu? Gausman? Keuchel? Eovaldi? Those are comparable AAV contracts to pitchers who are in their early 30’s. Keuchel, stroman and ryu run 18-20MM. Lance has had his health issues, yes, but he is 27, meaningfully younger than those folks. We can nit pick but this was a reasonable price.
     
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    very much this. He looks like he’s in the best shape of his career.
     
  15. Mr.Pringles

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    Pitchers who grow their hair long are guaranteed 3 all-star seasons
     
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  17. rockets1995

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    He looks more like a Bodybuilder, he was throwing long toss with his undershirt.
    Lance is ripped.
     
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    From what I've read, they're going to keep a random sampling of balls that are taken out of play and send them to a lab for analysis. Seems they are very serious about it.
     
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    They are very serious. They also do not need concrete evidence but can use circumstantial evidence. They directly referenced spin rate as a primary thing they will look at.
     

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