hi, i'm new here wrote:Resigning Cordero would have been a huge waste of money. 4 years? He's proven to be a mediocre closer, as he was in Texas. As a brewer fan, I'm very glad Cincy one-upped the Crew on the offer.
Not that spending $10 million on Gagne was smart, but it's a one-year mistake versus a four-year mistake.
I agree that pitching is important, Jeff, but the closer spot (and save statistic) is way overrated.
Both may be overrated when it comes to longterm contracts, but not when it comes to short-term winning. Especially in the playoffs and the pennant race. When you're beating up on the Pirates, its easy to overlook relief pitching. Not so much against the Mets or Cubs (or the AL). As the fan of a team that often tried the closer-by-committee tack during the Duquette era, its not usually something that works, and it definitely does not work in the postseason.
Coco was a bit overvalued, but you can bet he is better than what they have now and could be a difference maker in a playoff series. They could have also signed a free agent closer. I think the club has done great with their moves this year, this is one area that may end up hurting them.