I found this horse the other day and I’m not sure if it’s quite dead, so I’m going to beat it some more.
Boyer threw kinda hard in 2007 and was really good. He threw significantly harder in 2008 and wasn’t very good. Now he’s back down to 2007 velocity levels but he’s mixed in the 2008 results. Plenty of people have chronicled the trade and I don’t really care to rehash the positives and negatives of Boyer.
What’s amazing to me, for all the kerfuffle that Perdomo’s claim by the Padres created, no one seems to blinked at the acquisition of Boyer. Whither Matt Scherer? Do the Cardinals believe they’ve acquired a legitimately better arm than the other in house options (Thompson, Scherer, Boggs, etc) represent out of the pen or are they going to wait out the season and make Scherer a casualty of a 40-man roster crunch?
I’m still perplexed by this. If the Cardinals thought Scherer was worth protecting that would seem to imply that they view him as a major league caliber prospect. One has to wonder what the requirements are for him to finally make the major league team amidst a plethora of relievers who can’t seem to record outs.
The trade, in and of itself, does little to excite or disappoint me. What it does do, is further illustrate the poor management of the 40-man roster this offseason. I’m also guessing that the Cardinals are missing this guy right about now.