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?


  1. I agree: no long term contracts for free-agent pitchers. I'd stick w/ our prospects like Jacob Turner.

  2. Scratch Brandon Webb. Rangers just picked him up.

  3. Interesting coverage in today's Dallas Morning News. In the press conference to introduce Webb, they said they "really didn't expect anything out of him."

    An interesting strategy for a $3 million investment.