As expected, the free agent class of starting pitchers was pretty deep this offseason, although there were very few solid options.
|LH Starting Pitchers|
|Randy Wolf||LAD||MIL||3||$29.75 M|
|Andy Pettitte||NYY||NYY||1||$11.75 M|
|Erik Bedard||SEA||SEA||1||$1.5 M|
|Aroldis Chapman||CIN||6||$30.25 M|
|Doug Davis||ARI||MIL||1||$5.25 M|
Notable Remaining Free Agents: Jarrod Washburn (DET)
Of all the lefties, Randy Wolf probably did the best in terms of capitalizing on a good season. Milwaukee got a very good veteran starting pitcher for a reasonable price. Bedard signed an incentive-laden deal which could be worth up to $8.5 M total, and if he earns them all, the Mariners will be extremely happy with the results as well. The most unusual signing in my opinion was the Chapman signing. The Reds, not known for spending a lot of money necessarily, sign a pitcher who will be under contract for 6 seasons, and be paying him for as much as 10 perhaps, and will hopefully not be starting his career in the Major leagues.
|RH Starting Pitchers|
|Rich Harden||CHC||TEX||1||$7.5 M|
|John Lackey||LAA||BOS||5||$82.5 M|
|Brad Penny||SF||STL||1||$7.5 M|
|Joel Pineiro||STL||LAA||2||$16 M|
|Justin Duchscherer||OAK||OAK||1||$2 M|
|Ben Sheets||OAK||1||$10 M|
|Jon Garland||LAD||SD||1||$5.3 M|
|Colby Lewis||JPN||TEX||2||$5 M|
|Jason Marquis||COL||WAS||2||$15 M|
|Vicente Padilla||LAD||LAD||1||$5.025 M|
|Carl Pavano||MIN||MIN||1||$7 M|
Notable Remaining Free Agents: Braden Looper (MIL), Todd Wellemeyer (STL), John Smoltz (STL), Pedro Martinez (PHI)
Lackey was the big name on the market this offseason, and got the big contract that went along with it. I was a bit surprised at the time about this since I didn’t really think that the Red Sox were in the market for a starting pitcher. However, it looks now like he will be the replacement for Josh Beckett should he leave via free agency after 2010. The Angels did well to replace Lackey with Pineiro. Pineiro, while not the same quality pitcher as Lackey, will provide more stability to the rotation being led now by Jered Weaver and Scott Kazmir. Free agency was also littered with high-risk, high-reward types like Harden, Sheets, and Duchscherer. The most interesting signing for a right hander to me is the Rangers’ signing of Colby Lewis. Lewis is returning from 2 seasons in Japan where he was very dominant, and should be interesting to watch this season.
Tomorrow: Free agency review of relief pitchers