Saturday, December 02, 2006

Why Not Take the Risk(e)?

Sorry, I apologize for the pun already, but it seems like it was my last chance to cash in on it.

Looks like David Riske is no longer a South Sider. Riske was not offered arbitration, which cuts him loose and makes him a relatively attractive target on the free agent market.

As much as I hate to doubt him, I think Kenny may have made a mistake here. As The Cheat brought up in the roundtable discussion, David Riske is a Type A free agent, meaning he would have netted us a compensation draft pick had he joined another club. In a worst case scenario, we would have offered Riske arbitration and re-signed him for somthing around $2.5 million; best case scenario he would have walked and we would have gotten another draft pick.

I don't see why Kenny didn't take the small calculated risk (I swear, that wasn't a pun); if worst came to worst, we'd have a serviceable right hander, who could give us some innings out of the 'pen. It's not as though the Sox are strapped financially; we did just set all sorts of attendence records this past year, so there should be some money in the bank. The only way this is permissable is if Kenny has some blockbuster trade in the works that requires us to pick up a lot of salary.

4 Comments:

Blogger Jake Berlin said...

I agree with you, especially since I value draft picks more highly than I probably should, and because the worst-case scenario is that you've got Riske in your 'pen again. My guess is that given the addition of Aardsma, K-Will doesn't feel we need another righty. That's assuming, of course, that MacDougal stays healthy, which is a dicey proposition. If he does, though, I'd feel OK giving that fourth bullpen righty slot to whichever youngster performs well in spring training, saving us a few mil in the process. But how the hell could we possibly know that in March? Hence: we should have offered arbitration.

12/02/2006 10:48 AM  
Blogger jamesmnordbergjr said...

it did seem like a no-brainer call...he could be a front end bull pen guy, but maybe $2.5 million seems expensive for someone of so little use (not value)...KW tries to be as fiscally responsible as possible

12/02/2006 11:30 AM  
Blogger Jeeves said...

Welcome Jake!

Hope to see you around here.

12/05/2006 4:22 AM  
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12/13/2006 3:35 PM  

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