If the St. Louis Cardinals think Max Scherzer is too expensive, perhaps they are ill-prepared to live in a world where Justin Masterson is worth $9.5 million a season and Jake Peavy can command a two-year, $24-million contract.
Peavy, an oft-injured pitcher who contributed mightily to the Boston Red Sox' disappointment last year with a 1-9 record and a 4.72 ERA, apparently impressed the San Francisco Giants enough to entice them to give him a two-year pact.
San Francisco management must have been looking at Peavy's 6-4 mark with a 2.17 ERA in 12 regular season starts more than it factored in his 0-2 record with a 12.79 ERA in the World Series when it decided to pass out that contract. Or maybe the front office folks were still a little loopy on champagne when that deal was hatched. But I guess that's up to them.
Inexplicably Masterson was hotly pursued by several teams after the Redbirds traded a top outfield prospect for him in July only to see the former Cleveland Indians opening day starter put up a 3-3 record with a 7.04 ERA in 7 starts.
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That reclamation project was too intimidating for even the dumpster diving Cardinals. So they let Masterson walk without an offer.
Masterson's seven wins earned him $1.357 million per victory in his new contract with Boston while Peavey will get $1.714 million from San Francisco in 2015 for each of his seven 2014 wins. If Scherzer gets $25 million a year, he'd make $1.389 million for each of his 18 victories last year with the Detroit Tigers.
Personally, I'd rather see the Cardinals offer Scherzer $25 million a year for Cy Young Award quality pitching than dole out four million bucks here for Kip Wells and $7.5 million there for Joel Pineiro. But that's just me.