Here in DC, Jim's scrap heap finds were a little less charmed. Instead of all-stars and Cy Young candidates, we got Tim Redding and Odalis Perez. Technically Dmitri Young appeared in an all-star game, but only because no one else was any good on Bowden's third team in DC. Still, with few resources he found a few guys here and there who were worth the time.
Since Mike Rizzo's taken over, he's had more than a fair chance to show his own dumpster-diving skills, having inherited a disastrous roster--especially the bullshitpen.
So how's he doing? Pretty good, I'd say. Here are the tRA* numbers (subtract 0.40 and think of this as "deserved ERA") on the Rizzo scraps:
Kip Wells: 4.51OK, so Kensing was a bit of a clunker, although he has a respectable 4.16 tRA* going in AAA. And it's not like any of these guys are going to make people forget about Jim's legendary waiver-wire home runs during his salad days in Cincy.
Mike MacDougal: 4.37
Ron Villone: 4.51
Julian Tavarez: 3.97
Logan Kensing: 7.31
Still, grabbing 4 out of 5 above replacement-level guys for basically nothing ain't easy. The sample sizes are small, but so far Rizzo's showing a bit of a nose for free talent.