Royals just don't spend their money wisely
In handing out $55 million to Gil Meche, the Royals showed they were short-sighted in spending the new-found money they have.
It might. But if you bet a lot of your money on mights, you're going to lose a lot of your money. Here's the bottom line. If Meche becomes a good pitcher, a pitcher who averages 180-200 innings per season and posts an ERA right around the league average, this becomes a defensible contract. But there is little objective evidence to suggest he will do those things. In the last four seasons, which included no serious injuries, he's averaged 160 innings and posted two (ballpark-adjusted) ERA's close to the league average, and two substantially worse than league average.