No long winded prose here. Just wanted to put down some post-hype buy-low candidates who could help this team for next year. All three people mentioned in the title were highly regarded prospects who ran into injury troubles and/or ineffectiveness, were picked up on the cheap, and then regained their lost luster and turned into quality/great players.
If anyone knows of any players who they feel meet the criteria, or would just be good buy-low pick-ups, feel free to chime in.
Matt Murton: The poster boy for this list. He's mashing in AAA (again), is blocked, and plays a decent outfield.
J.R. Towles: Former catcher of the future for the Astros, failed to catch (hehe, pun) on in his first go of it, and returned to the minors. Since then the Astros have sunk a first round pick into Jason Castro, who has done a good job and appears to be the new heir apparent to the throne. He can undoubtedly bash lefties and more than a few people have remarked he can still be a quality big league back-stop.
Ricky Nolasco: Ricky Nolasco is awesome. He also has a god-awful ERA, which is driven by a terrible BABIP and LOB%. Everything else about his game is spot on. I can't imagine the Marlins giving him away; he's still arb-controlled for three years. But it's not out of the question that they might be souring on him some, and his salary is only going up. I would trade legitimate prospects for him.
Manny Parra: While the thought of him and Ollie in the same rotation is vomit-inducing, the idea has some merit. Parra still has legitimate stuff. His BABIP/LOB% have betrayed him this year, and despite his awful numbers, he has a 4.66 FIP. The walks are ugly, and the declining strikeouts are a bit concerning, but there is still plenty of potential there.
Anyway, those are four I've thought of for now. It's really fun to get excited about acquiring them and then realizing it's not going to happen and you're going to get stuck with Bengie Molina.