Per SOSH, Fat Albers supposedly added a cutter
around midseason 2010 when he was still with Baltimore.
Since then, he's thrown 112.1 innings in the AL East, with a 4.14 ERA, 100 K and 45 BB. Not great, but despite the walks and even counting his horrible late season of 2012, that is a useful reliever that you don't want to just give away. In fact, if you move that guy from the AL East to the NL Central, he probably puts up numbers at least as good as what Melancon put up going in the other direction, IMO.
I don't think we need to hurry to get rid of Albers right now to make room for Melancon-- the organization is better off with control of both of them than just one of them. I doubt either will be really good in the long run, but both should be decent.
Albers doesn't appear to be, um, a paragon of fitness, so he will probably get worse later in the year, like he did last year. But so far he is doing the job. Sure if some other team wants to give you something useful for him then you absolutely need to think about moving him. But that's different than just cutting him and letting him go for nothing.
Despite my skepticism when we signed him, I think the post-July 2010 Matt Albers has shown that he's a significantly better pitcher than the really useless pre-July 2010 Matt Albers. He's not that good, but considering the context of his pitching in the toughest division in baseball in recent years, he's really not that bad either. He's not someone you just cut to make room for a guy who might not be that much better.
Also, given the organization needs, Wilson should be moved back to Pawtucket's rotation now. With Melancon, Mortenson and Tazawa on the shuttle as relievers, he is not likely going to be able to help our bullpen this year. We're better off with him stretching back out as a starter and being our #7 starting pitcher than being our #11 reliever. It's better for him to throw more innings this year, and he can always go back to relieving if needed, but it takes time to go from relieving to starting.
Edited by The Gray Eagle, 16 May 2012 - 11:44 PM.