Plenty of Pitching Prospects for Sale
O.K. Lee is gone, Greinke is gone.
But there's still some good pitchers to be had by purchase, or trade. Unless I missed some news in the last few days, here's a summary, and my thoughts:
Bandon Webb threw 227 innings per year for the Diamondbacks 2004-2008. He can't do that for long, but maybe a one-year contract?
Carl Pavano went 17-11 with a 3.75 ERA for the Twins in 2010, but word has it he wants a big multi-year contract. He's a fine pitcher, but he's 34 with a lot of innings on that arm. I wouldn't touch him on a long-term basis
Also available for trade are Ricky Nolasco and James Shields (no relations). As much as I like his name, I wouldn't give up prospects for Shields -- too many innings on his arm.
I heard a commentator the other day who said that long-term deals with free-agent pitchers rarely turn out well for the team. I guess if they put up the money, they want you to pitch...and perform, regardless of how your arm feels.
You guys know more than I do: what do you think?