Padres sign Scott Karl for
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
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TripleSteal Rating Scale:
Grand Slam - A
can't miss move; automatically makes the team
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.