January 18, 2007

IF THE ROYALS WERE SERIOUS ABOUT WINNING THEY'D SIGN GUYS LIKE HIM:

Dodgers reach deal with Tsao: Oft-injured righty gets fresh start in Los Angeles (Ken Gurnick, 1/18/07, MLB.com)

The Dodgers have acquired a right-handed counterpart to left-hander Hong-Chih Kuo.

On Wednesday, they reached agreement with Chin-hui Tsao, like Kuo, a native of Taiwan who signed for a whopping bonus only to have his career derailed by multiple injuries.

Tsao, once the top prospect in the Colorado farm system, was non-tendered by the Rockies after missing the entire 2006 season and most of 2005 with shoulder labrum and rotator cuff problems. He underwent arthroscopic surgery in May 2005 and hasn't pitched in a regular-season game since.


Folks like to complain that poor teams can't compete with rich, but then you notice that the rich teams take sensible risks like Tsao, Joel Piniero, etc., and you realize they're just run better.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 18, 2007 12:00 AM
Comments

Rich teams can afford to take risks. Poor teams can't.

Posted by: Brandon at January 18, 2007 10:32 AM

sensible risks .... Joel Piniero

Red Sawx fans, like those of Chicago's Northside team, can rationalize anything.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at January 18, 2007 11:20 AM

Piniero is a good fly, but Tsao? Very few pitchers ever recover from labrum injuries.

Posted by: pj at January 18, 2007 11:41 AM

There's no downside to either.

Posted by: oj at January 18, 2007 12:23 PM

What risk?

Posted by: oj at January 18, 2007 1:02 PM
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