I just posted my absolutely correct opinion that the Phoenix Suns made a huge mistake signing 35 year old Steve Nash to a two year extension that will run out when he’s 38. 38, is 214 in point guard years, especially when you’ve played in the Phoenix speed it up offense.
So, why then do I think Roy Halladay at 32 is worth everything you can throw at Toronto to get him?
It’s simple. Pitching is an elusive art and betting on pitcher development is complete crap shoot. I grew up a Mets’ fan. I’m in my 40s (although still super sexy). I lived through Generation K.
For anyone younger and less sexy than me, Generation K was a nickname given to three can’t miss prospects of the Mets back in the long ago 1990s. All three guys were supposed to be future aces and the future looked damn bright on the mound at Shea. Only something happened on the way to glory. Not one of the three made it as a big league starter. Injuries and ineffectiveness doomed all their careers.
Jason Isringhausen went on to have the biggest career of the three, but it wasn’t as a starter.
Anyway, the point is that predicting how pitchers mature is next to impossible. So, as much as I tend to always favor youth when my teams are looking to make personal changes, for pitching I tend to take a bit different view. For ace pitchers in particular, I’ve got a whole other mindset.
When Johan Santana was available. I couldn’t believe the hated Yankees didn’t go stronger after him. The Yankees held onto their allegedly talented young pitchers rather than dealing for the 30 year old and far from done Minnesota ace. Where did it get them? Out of the playoffs last year.
And that’s why for a team in contention, Halladay at 32, is worth whatever Toronto can be persuaded to take for him. Whether a team in contention is built just for today or for the long run, there should be no hesitation.
Roy Halladay is the real deal. He’s going to be an effective pitcher for years who may be able to put you over the top now.
What about that amazing prospect or prospects you’ll have to give up? Well, if they’re pitchers, I wouldn’t worry too much.
After all, I’m a Mets’ fan and even I can’t recall the names of the other two members of Generation K….
PS – OK, yes I can. I just wanted to make a point and end with something snappy. Why am I cursed with such a memory for sports?! The other members of Generation K were Bill Pulsipher and Paul Wilson.
Here’s a bonus picture of them in case you thought I was making it all up: