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11-14-2012, 03:00 AM
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Originally Posted by The Nemesis View Post

He was good as a starter until he fell apart toward the end of the season. After not having had anywhere close to a full-time starter's workload to that point in the year. And having had the exact same thing happen to him in the previous year too. Therein lies the problem with Villanueva: Can you justify paying starter money and promising a starter's job to a guy that's had 2 cracks to prove that he can such an assignment and couldn't even break 130 innings before starting to fall apart, let alone getting to 180+ that you'd have to realistically expect out of even a back-end starter?
Why pay a guy when you have a cost controlled guy like Happ around? Happ had a great k rate when he came over, over 10 per 9 innings which points to a guy who can more than start if need be. He's also shown he can pitch 140+ innings a year which is really all you ask from a number 5.

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