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If pitchers can hit, 99% of the time they become more valuable as not-pitchers. Babe Ruth and Stan Musial are rather your exemplars in this genre.
Zimmermann and Gio can hit a little bit too. I'm not sure what their offense was relative to the league, but Davey probably bunted his SP less than other teams, and seemed to get the big hit quite often.
I often wonder why teams don't spend a little more time training their pitchers to hit. Seems like an easy way to pluck some proverbial low-hanging fruit.
If by hit you mean hit like Babe or the Man, then yes they will alway be more valuable as position players.
I've often wondered though about taking position players who have a good work ethic but are about to wash out and trying to make them a knuckleballer.
I still don't see this. They already have Beckett, Billingsley, Kershaw, Harang, Capuano and Lilly (if the arm still works) under contract. Obviously "too many" starters is an easy problem to solve but it's not a logical landing spot.
Aren't position player to pitcher conversions a lot more commonplace than the other way around? Although it's more in the cases of great arm (not necessarily velocity, but it does help) with good control, but can't hit over .200 in the low minors....
Kenley Jansen, Jason Motte, Yhency Brazoban, Brian N. Anderson, Travis Schlichting, Matt West, Billy Rowell.
I can think of a number of position player to pitcher conversions (Pedro Strop, Sergio Santos, Doolittle, one of the Tony Penas, probably more) but in the other direction, not as many.
If they were willing to have Haren for 1/$13, I can't see why they wouldn't take the risk of Jackson accepting 1/$13.
Carlos Marmol, Tim Wakefield, and D.J. Carrasco, too.
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