Originally posted by Niners99:
Originally posted by sfgiantdave:
Look I wouldn't trade Stratton for an average rental, but I would do it for Norris who we control over for a couple additional seasons. At least we would have another sure starter in the rotation for the next couple of years while Stratton may or may not pan out.
Totally disagree. Chris Stratton is going to be at very least a solid 3 starter in the Majors. The Giants know their pitching prospects, and he was a mid first round pick just a year ago. I think the Giants view him in the same vein as Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner. They like well built pitchers from the south with good control and velocity.
He's just starting out as a pro, and to give him up for a mediocre SP like Bud Norris just because he hasnt shot through the farm system would be terribly short-sighted. Bud Norris is not that great. He'd stick in the rotation just fine, and be a good replacement for Vogelsong, Zito, or Lincecum in the coming years, but trading Stratton for him would be a huge mistake. I think the Astros would be over the moon if Sabean offered Stratton, and we'd get made fun of all around baseball for once again giving up a big potential SP so easily.
I wouldn't trade Stratton for Norris straight up either, but I'm not sure Stratton is viewed as a Cain/MadBum-type just yet. I'm sure the Giants (and us fans) hope he turns out like either of them (or even something close), but IMO it's too early to tell either way. What Stratton has going for him more than anything is perception....there's at least the perception that Stratton could be a quality arm in the majors, so given that, he could easily fetch something of better quality than Norris. I will grant you that.
Btw, Norris is better than mediocre. He's on a horrible team, but has a better ERA than CC Sabathia, Justin Verlander, Matt Moore and Jarrod Parker and has pitched more innings than any of those guys but CC. Plus he's averaged nearly 30 starts a year since 2010 so you know he's going to take the ball every 5th day.
What I like most about Norris though is that he's only given up 7 HRs this year, which is a crazy low number if you think about the park he has to pitch half his games in. By comparison, Cainer has given up 16, Vogey 11 and Timmy/MadBum have both given up 9.
The 2013 numbers show that Norris is actually an above average pitcher, and that's on a bad team in a HR-hitting park.