Right. But Paxton pitched zero innings this year. It was a complete waste of money.
This was a gamble that Bloom didn’t have to take. People keep saying that these signings added depth but I think that these signing took away depth. One is okay, two is pushing it and three is just folly.
Wacha turned out to be good. Hill not so much. And Paxton was a complete nonfactor. I completely understand Bloom’s thinking here but I think it wasn’t really that great.
Bloom bet that these three pitchers were going to be healthy and effective. Of the three only one was consistently effective and none of them were healthy. IDK, I feel like you could see this coming a mile away.
I guess the question is who was available that Bloom could have signed that would have been healthy and effective all season long?
Just looking at the list of FA pitchers signed last winter (in descending order by total contract value):
Max Scherzer, 60 days on IL
Robbie Ray, 0 days on IL
Kevin Gausman, 0 days on IL
Eduardo Rodriguez, 27 days on IL, 68 days on restricted list
Marcus Stroman, 42 days on IL
Jon Gray, 64 days on IL
Justin Verlander, 18 days on IL
Carlos Rodon, 0 days on IL
Steven Matz, 112 days on IL
Anthony Desclafani, 146 days on IL and counting (60-day IL, out for year)
Nick Martinez, 0 days on IL
Alex Wood, 5 days on IL and counting (out for season)
Noah Syndergaard, 0 days on IL
Alex Cobb, 26 days on IL
Clayton Kershaw, 56 days on IL
Zack Greinke, 44 days on IL
James Paxton, all year on IL
Andrew Heaney, 95 days on IL
Tyler Anderson, 0 days on IL
Corey Kluber, 0 days on IL
Jordan Lyles, 0 days on IL
Michael Wacha, 54 days on IL
Michael Lorenzen, 68 days on IL
Michael Pineda, 88 days on IL, released on 9/7
Garrett Richards, 10 days on IL
Drew Smyly, 41 days on IL
Matt Boyd, 151 days on IL
Dylan Bundy, 13 days on IL (COVID)
Rich Hill, 40 days on IL
Zach Davies, 37 days on IL
Martin Perez, 0 days on IL
Chris Archer, 25 days on IL and counting (likely out for season)
Johnny Cueto, 0 days on IL
Danny Duffy, all year on IL
Chad Kuhl, 22 days on IL
Matt Moore, 0 days on IL
Jose Quintana, 0 days on IL
Steven Brault, 45 days on IL and counting
Jhoulys Chacin, 25 days on IL
Not many that have been healthy all season, were expected to be healthy (i.e. no question marks), would have been desirable or an improvement, and would have been reasonably priced. And that's not even getting into whether they'd have wanted to sign.
It's a crap shoot. Injuries are always a crap shoot.