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Potential Free Agents for 2007: Starting Pitchers

10/26/06 in MLB   |   Jared   |   respect

If you are like me, you have no real stock in who wins the World Series and your team has been sitting for a while.  What else is there to do but speculate?

 

It's never too early to look into who your team might be able to pick up this off-season to help improve.  Here is a list of a few starting pitchers that I can see either 1) taken early in free agency or 2) causing the inevitable bidding war between clubs:

 

Barry Zito  Barry Zito, LHSP

14-13, 3.86 ERA, 228.1 IP, 171 K

Zito has been the focal point for many a trade rumor over the past few seasons.  With all of the other "Big 3" gone with FA and trades it seems only fitting that Zito tests the market.  He is a solid ace that eats up innings and can rack up K's with his great curve.  He needs to be more consistant though. 

 

Jason Schmidt Jason Schmidt, RHSP

11-9, 3.59 ERA, 213.1 IP, 180K

Schmidt is a bonafide ace.  He pitches innings, almost always gives his team a chance to win, and is a veteran.  Started somewhat shaky this season due to some injuries but finished strong.  He is getting up there in age (33) but he still has plenty left in the tank.

 

Mark Mulder Mark Mulder, LHSP

6-7, 7.14 ERA, 93.1 IP, 50 K

Injuries plagued Mulder this season giving him his lowest win, innings pitched, game starts, strikeout totals, and highest ERA of his MLB career.  However, Mulder is still a solid pitcher.  At 29, he is still young and hasn't shown a propensity at injury until now.  He may have to work back up to "Ace" status but would be a great addition as a #2.

 

Andy Pettitte Andy Pettitte, LHSP

14-13, 4.20 ERA, 214.1 IP, 178 K

Yet another lefty makes the list.  No, Pettitte may not be the ace he once was in NY but he is still quite effective.  The Astros was among the league leaders in wins after the All-Star break and Pettitte was a big part of that.  A good fit as a #2, Pettitte will give you innings and even a gem or two as the season goes along.  At 34, he is getting a little long in the tooth.

 

Vicente Padilla Vicente Padilla, RHSP

15-10, 4.50 ERA, 200 IP, 156 K

I know what you are thinking...Padilla?  What?  Let me start this by saying that MLB pitching has been diluted for years and even mediocre pitchers are getting PAID these days.  I belive Padilla is far from being mediocre.  At one time, the Phillies believed that he was going to be their ace of the future...but things don't always go as planned.  He is a solid pitcher though and still young at 29.

 

Jeff Suppan Jeff Suppan, RHSP

12-7, 4.12 ERA, 190 IP, 104 K

There is nothing spectacular about Suppan's resume that should put him among some of the other pitchers listed here but he does have one thing going for him...a great post-season.  Each year a couple of players buy themselves a payday with good post-season play...and that is what Suppan has done.  Surprisingly enough, he does have 7 double digit win seasons under his belt and a team could do worse in a #4 starter.

 

Jason Marquis Jason Marquis, RHSP

14-16, 6.02 ERA, 194.1 IP, 96 K

Yet another Cardinal making the list.  Marquis isn't that good but, as I have said, pitching is at a premium.  Someone will overpay and either get the Jason from 2005 or 2006...I'm betting somewhere in between.  He's young at 28 and can work through some innings for a club in need of a #3 or #4.

 

The next pitcher has a team option that could keep him at home or packing to another destination:

 

Mark Buehrle Mark Buehrle, LHSP

12-13, 4.99 ERA, 204 IP, 98 K

Buerle saw his wins, innings pitched, and strikeouts plummett while his ERA soared.  For much of the season his pitches were flat and he had trouble keeping the ball in the ballpark.  He is still a good young (27) pitcher with a good to great arsenal at his disposal.  I promise that if the White Sox don't exercise their option on him, he will not wait long for another suitor.

 

Granted, these aren't all the free agent pitchers out there but it is a taste of what is to be had.  If your team, like mine, is looking for some starting pitching help then these are some of the guys I would be targeting.

 

 

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10/26/06   |   Nick

Seth wrote:
Well, they definitely need a quality starter, and since I think Zito went and signed with Scott Boras, the Mets now are one of the few teams willing it match his price.

We were going to trade Milledge for him this season (which I now know we should have) but instead we kept Milledge (who I do not like one bit). Also, Zito to the Mets = Millions of dollars in Zito jersey sales (and I know I'm getting one).

 

10/26/06   |   Seth   |   301 respect

Nick wrote:

Mets 2007 Starting Rotation

1 Barry Zito (Count on it)

2. Pedro Martinez

3. Orlando Hernandez

4.John Maine

5. Mike Pelfry

Well, they definitely need a quality starter, and since I think Zito went and signed with Scott Boras, the Mets now are one of the few teams willing it match his price.

10/26/06   |   Nick

Eric wrote:
lol. You read all of those names... and then you get to Pelfry.....

LOL. I know. I don't think Tommy G will be back with us next year. Pelfry is pretty good. Pull up his stats this year with us, I think he was 3-1 or something like that.

10/26/06   |   Eric   |   239 respect

Nick wrote:

Mets 2007 Starting Rotation

1 Barry Zito (Count on it)

2. Pedro Martinez

3. Orlando Hernandez

4.John Maine

5. Mike Pelfry

lol. You read all of those names... and then you get to Pelfry.....

10/26/06   |   Nick

Mets 2007 Starting Rotation

1 Barry Zito (Count on it)

2. Pedro Martinez

3. Orlando Hernandez

4.John Maine

5. Mike Pelfry

10/26/06   |   kappafla211

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LMAO!!! its just like Grudzielanek.. next season i'm not telling ANYONE who i think is the hottest Cardinal player... that way they'll STAY!!

No just pick the player you want off the team half way throught the season and start saying he's hot. Then next year they get rid of him and you keep your hotties. LOL

10/26/06   |   kappafla211

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 Turn that frown upside down  Maybe Jason will sign with your Brewers.  

10/26/06   |   Eric   |   239 respect

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That's a really big weaping face.

10/26/06   |   kappafla211

Scott wrote:
Mulder and Marquis are gone and I think Suppan stays in St. Louis as a #2 guy behind Carpenter.  I would also think about bringing back Weaver as a possible #5 starter and have Reyes as the #4 guy.  The question remains will the Cards put Wainwright in the rotation or will he stay as the closer.  As for the free agents, I think Andy Pettitte would make a nice Cardinal

I think Andy  would be a good fit in a Twins uniform. Then again so would Zito.

 

1. Johan Santana

2. Francisco Liriano

3. Barry Zito/Andy Pettitte

4. ??????

5. Boof Bonser (Boof hahaha)

 

Wow three lefties as the top 3 in the rotation. hmmmmmm

10/26/06   |   Scott   |   49405 respect

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you just love saying that Marquis is gone ... dont you??

MARQUIS IS GONE... MARQUIS IS GONE... MARQUIS IS GONE... MARQUIS IS GONE... MARQUIS IS GONE...

 

 

10/26/06   |   Scott   |   49405 respect

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Mulder and Marquis are gone and I think Suppan stays in St. Louis as a #2 guy behind Carpenter.  I would also think about bringing back Weaver as a possible #5 starter and have Reyes as the #4 guy.  The question remains will the Cards put Wainwright in the rotation or will he stay as the closer.  As for the free agents, I think Andy Pettitte would make a nice Cardinal

10/26/06   |   Eric   |   239 respect

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i like him too.... he's pretty hot ;)

Well, that's not quite what I mean...lmao. Actually, that's nothing like what I meant.

10/26/06   |   Jared

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Boy, is this a weak free agent class.   From my perspective, the only true ace is Schmidt.

 

Teams that are looking to shore up their pitching are going to be disapointed...

 

As a Cards fa, I hope they can resign Suppan but that's it.  Mulder and Marquis?  Don't let the door hit you on the way out.

 

I agree totally.  Schmidt is the only true ace of the bunch.  I do think that Mulder and Zito are the next two in line. 

 

Mulder just had a bad year IMO.  If the injury bug goes away he is good for 200+ innings and 14-16 wins.

10/26/06   |   Eric   |   239 respect

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Boy, is this a weak free agent class.   From my perspective, the only true ace is Schmidt.

 

Teams that are looking to shore up their pitching are going to be disapointed...

 

As a Cards fa, I hope they can resign Suppan but that's it.  Mulder and Marquis?  Don't let the door hit you on the way out.

 

I like Marquis. I like his HR swing, but that's it.