Rick Hahn, executive of the year.
OK, maybe not yet, but the new
Signing Jake Peavy for only two years and a option at the going rate for a top-of-the-rotation pitcher is a great deal for the Sox, even at $29 million. The option is based on Peavy's pitching like Peavy, who threw a remarkable 219 innings this season. Peavy only has to get into the same area code as his 2012 season, and the man with the bionic right latissimus dorsi is someone the rest of the staff can follow.
Peavy was a stud this season.
Yet, yet he never showed frustration with anyone other than himself. Can you imagine
Hahn also picked up the option on
It seems incomprehensible that Planet Gavin went 12-11 while Peavy was under .500, but Floyd has won in double figures each of the last five seasons, something few AL pitchers can say. In this world of an evolving new normal with numbers and metrics, wins aren't the barometer they used to be, but Floyd's win-loss total pretty much reflects whether he was good or bad.
Floyd’s option was worth $9.5 million, which is fair value for even a bottom-of-the rotation pitcher for a team that plans to compete. This is different than a bottom-of-the-order pitcher for the
But anyway, back to the Chicago team that has a chance next year.
Hahn sees the same team we see, much like
With Hahn, it’s not as obvious of a stretch. Truth is, its not a stretch at all regarding starting pitching. That’s what wins. See the Giants and
Hahn looked at the immediate choices from the roster he inherited. He faced decisions on Peavy, Floyd,
Youkilis staggered out of Boston and immediately legitimized the Sox lineup. The
Myers was versatile and solid in any of the last three innings, but those innings don't mean anything unless you have someone who can pitch you there in Nos. 1-6.
Hahn chose starting pitching, as he should've. This might not be a news flash, but it's good to see. You don't know what a new guy will do until he does something. For starters, Hahn did the right thing.
Now don’t screw it up by talking about