Mix a feeble crop of free-agent starters with a never-ending need for pitching throughout baseball and what happens?
Average pitchers sign ridiculous contracts, and teams like the Milwaukee Brewers are left with the decision of taking a risk by shelling out big money or staying patient.
This offseason, Brewers general manager Doug Melvin's decision has been pretty easy. With the club looking to trim payroll from 97.6 million to somewhere in the 80 million range, Melvin's hands were tied, especially since recent deals with Jeff Suppan and Randy Wolf leave him hesitant to commit more than two years to an older pitcher.
Of course he could have made an offer to a veteran such as Ryan Dempster, but it wasn't going to be nearly as competitive as the two-year, 26.5 million deal the right-hander eventually took with the Boston Red Sox. With plenty of young pitching talent on the current roster, signing a top-line starter at a premium price simply wouldn't have been a smar...