The pirates paid Quintana $2 million?
Quintana and Lyles had bad ERAs, 6.43 and 5.15 respectivley. But Quintana had a 3.75 xFIP. Lyles was 4.73. The only difference is that Lyles pitched 180 innings and Quintana pitched 63.
I don’t get how that costs $5 million more.
I expect Lyles to be around a 6-7 ERA by the end of the year, maybe eat some innings but he hasn’t really done that much in his career so it’s not something I’m going to count on. They could’ve paid a lot less looking for players who want the opportunity to prove themselves and gotten very similar results.
I understand the notion that Baltimore has to pay more for free agents, especially right now. But that doesn’t mean you give $7m to Jordan F’ing Lyles. Elias has done wrong here, IMO.