Perhaps enthusiastic to make certain he's committed to the league and its machinations, genius went on a spending spree last night:
$250 for M-Cab
$130 for Baumgarner
$61 for Darwin Barney
Kudos to genius on making a statement that he's not to be trifled with, but what now? That's $440 for two infielders and one starting arm. 44% of his payroll. Let's compare his purchases with a couple others:
$250 Miguel Cabrera: 330/393/606 and A-/C- on defense
$92 Adrian Beltre: 321/359/561 and A/C- on defense
$29 Pedro Alvarez: 244/317/467 and D/B- on defense
Of course, Cabbie has the Trip Crown and the WS visit. Alvarez has the future. I won't editorialize on Beltre, since those are my nine-deuce bones headed his way.
$130 Madison Bumgarner: 208 IP/1.11 WHIP/.234 OAV
$56 Chad Billingsley: 150 IP/1.29 WHIP/.257 OAV
$23 Joh Beckett: 170 IP/1.33 WHIP/.264 OAV
Madison's the best. But Billingsley's rounding into form on a team with a bright future. Beckett is a mid-rotationer this year, but with a strong LA team, he could again become a 1 or 2 starter at a tremendous discount. Hope the commish doesn't get too many more deals like this.