Transaction Analysis

Padres sign Scott Karl for 1 year

Signing local lefty Scott Karl was a low-risk maneuver that should pay off for the Padres.  San Diego doesn't have much payroll flexibility, so picking up Karl now after a rough year split in between Colorado and Anaheim was a good move.  They probably aren't paying him much because of his struggles in 2000 and the fact that he's a native, but the bottom line is that Karl is a quality 4th/5th starter.  His lifetime ERA was 4.57 B.C. (Before Coors) and he'll add a little variety to a rotation that got exactly 11 lefty starts last year.  This was a solid, safe move for the Padres with a little upside.

Triple Steal Rating: Triple

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TripleSteal Rating Scale:
Grand Slam - A can't miss move; automatically makes the team considerably better.
Home Run -
A great move; will help the team now and down the road.
Triple -
A good move; plugs a temporary hole or will help in the future.
Double -
An average move; team will get what they paid for.
Single -
A head-scratcher; could help, but we definitely don't see how.
Out -
A panic move; tells fans "hey, we're trying..."
Double Play -
A disaster; will make fans angry just thinking about it.

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