Free agent pitcher Brett Myers has been the source of plenty of rumors, but he still hasn't signed. He has been an effective enough pitcher to command attention, so he should have no trouble finding a team - if he understands his value. However, it seems Myers doesn't and is asking for too much money.
According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, Myers is hurting himself with his demands. Plenty of teams want him, but they do not want to overpay.
“The feeling is he’s been asking for too much money,” said a National League GM. “I think teams are waiting for the price to come down. He can certainly help a team. I think a lot of teams have him on a wish list.”
Myers, 32, is versatile. He could provide the team he signs with plenty of innings as a starter, or he can anchor a bullpen as a long-relief man. Myers performed both duties in his career. The last three seasons saw Myers exclusively pitch out of the bullpen. However, he spent much of his career as a full-time starter.
In 11 seasons, Myers has a 97-93 record with a 4.20 ERA. He is not going to be an ace anywhere, that's for sure. But he can add value to a team looking for a veteran pitcher. The San Diego Padres were interested at one point, but their interest has fizzled. Other teams will continue to take a look at him, but Myer will have to come down with his asking price.
In 2012, Myers made $11 million while pitching out of the bullpen in Chicago. That type of money is usually reserves for closers. Myers may have to take a pay cut to catch on somewhere.
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