From late-night boredom, a question
The article, written by Ben Reiter, contains an interesting detail, revealed to Reiter by Rays' GM Andrew Friedman, about the team's draft board in 2006.
Friedman reveals that Longoria was their first choice, but it's the next three names that I find interesting: Behind Longoria on the Rays' board were Brad Lincoln, Andrew Miller and Tim Lincecum.
Lincoln was taken 4th, by the woebegone Pirates, and has posted a 6-10 record with 94 Ks in 127.2 innings and a WHIP of 1.32. Lincoln will turn 24 this season, so he still has time to turn it around. So far, though, not very impressive.
Miller, along with Cameron Maybin, was one of the co-centerpieces of the trade that sent Miguel Cabrera to Detroit. He flashes ace-quality stuff at times but still hasn't quite put it together. He'll also turn 24 this season (four days before Lincoln, in fact), so the jury's still out.
Lincecum, well, we all know Tim Lincecum:
Last season, he:
- Struck out 265 batters.
- Was responsible for a quarter of his team's wins.
- Had a WHIP of 1.17 and an ERA+ of 167
- Allowed 72 runs. The rest of his team allowed 687.
So, the question here is: Knowing what you know now, would you rather have Longoria or Lincecum?
I'd take Lincecum simply because I believe an ace starter is the most important commodity in baseball. There are 30 teams and maybe half of them have true aces on their staff.
What do you think?