Say what you want about the ridiculousness Gil Meche's contract, but the guy is actually having a pretty decent year for the KC Royals, posting a record of 7-6 with a 3.63 ERA and 1.29 WHIP. In fact, he's a having a much better year than the recipient of perhaps the most outrageuous deal handed out this past offseason--Barry Zito. $10 million for 7-10 and a 5.00 ERA. Maybe the Royals don't look so bad after all.
But's Steve's point about the increasing fiscal irresponsibility of MLB owners makes one see the logic in Terry Ryan's refusal to let anyone pry his prized pitching prospects from his vice-like grip. If I'm the guy spending the boss's money, and the options are getting yourself locked into horrible contracts for mediocre pitchers or dealing with the ups and downs young, cheap hurlers, I might go the latter route as well. And while it appears someone in Kansas City did their homework on Gil Meche, in the end he's still only a middle of the rotation starter, and that team is a long way from competing.
And speaking of prized pitching prospects, check out the season Nick Blackburn is having at Rochester. Maybe his emergence will make Ryan a little more willing to deal an arm for a bat.