Quality pitchers at overpriced premium

Boras carried a list of 20 questions with him. He told Yahoo.com's Tim Brown that he hoped for an hour, maybe two, and got five.

"I walked on his stage," Boras said Wednesday, after learning of Miller's death. "And I realized where my wings came from. … He was amazing. It was kind of like Disneyland for me."

Michael Weiner, the executive director of the players' union, says it's "a travesty'' that the man who led the baseball union into the modern era isn't in the Hall of Fame. Boras agrees.

"This is the largest thread of the fabric of baseball in the last half-century,'' he said of Miller. "You could not exclude Marvin Miller from the Hall of Fame. It's wholly unethical to be on those committees and let personal bias get in the way of the history of the game."

Early praise: The Cubs' signing of Scott Feldman was smart, according to Fangraphs' Dave Cameron. He previously had written about Feldman's appeal, calling him "a poor man's Brandon McCarthy,'' and believes the Cubs got two bargains in signing Feldman and Scott Baker to fill holes in their rotation.

"Feldman might not have the reputation of a quality starter yet, but he has shown the skills necessary to become a perfectly acceptable middle-of-the-rotation innings eater,'' wrote Cameron, who said Feldman's metrics compare to Kyle Lohse, Ryan Dempster, Edwin Jackson and Dan Haren. "He doesn't have the same track record of success as those guys, but he's going to cost a fraction of the price, and offers the same (ratios and skill set).''

The Cubs believe Feldman will benefit from switching leagues and getting away from the hitter-friendly Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, and Cameron agrees.

"In a more friendly home ballpark and with better results at stranding runners, Feldman projects to be something not too far from a league average starting pitcher in 2013,'' he wrote. "And, while he's going to be labeled a stop-gap type of signing, he doesn't turn 30 until February, so there's no reason to think the Cubs can't extract longer term value from him if he pitches well in 2013. With Feldman and Baker, the Cubs have added a couple of pieces to their rotation who aren't just pump-and-dump guys, but could be solid pieces to build future rotations around as well.''

The last word: "After a couple of days of letting it all soak in, it kind of has become real to me and I'm accepting it with open arms. I'm liking what (GM Alex Anthopoulos) is doing with the team. … On paper, you have to like your chances of getting to the playoffs.'' — Buehrle on being traded to the Blue Jays.


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