One last bit that's interesting, and less dependent on averaging. If you just use NormalizedCorreia to make 29 starts and knock out out Blackburn and Marquis's starts, you're left needing 2 Swarzak starts which were pretty much all 4 inning 4 run affairs, so we can say that's 9.1 innings of 8.1 ERA. Then we mostly are using actual starts that actually happened (apart from the computer starts that NormCor made). The only issue would be rest, but since were just trying to place value, we can forgive some of these slight inaccuracies.
This gives the starting rotation 896 inning allowing 491 runs. This means NormCor is worth 37 runs to last year's rotation. That's almost 4 wins (18.5 Million in FanGraphs dollars). This contract is NOT that outrageous.
Um, I was not, and never would, talk about pitcher wins. I thought it was clear I was talking about the likelihood a team wins. Does not really matter anyway.
Did no one read the part where I said the precise definition is debatable? Not sure how I could have made that more clear. I have completely lost interest in this topic.....
How is it that they didn't sign Paul Maholm last year?
He wanted to stay in the NL.