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2007 Free Agent Market: Starting Pitchers Part 1

As you may or may not know, MLBTradeRumors.com is your destination for all varieties of free agent info.  In fact, we've already begun (scroll down to see everything we've written on 2007 MLB free agents since February).   It's time to take a look at starting pitchers (which will require several posts).  I'll omit players who are highly likely to have options exercised or that I don't deem worthy of starting for any club.

2006 League Averages for Pitchers:
AL: 4.59 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 3.20 BB/9, 6.38 K/9, 1.14 HR/9
NL: 4.56 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 3.43 BB/9, 6.60 K/9, 1.12 HR/9

For league average, think your Jake Westbrooks and Kevin Millwoods of the world.

Tony Armas Jr. - The righthander turned 28 this season.  In his career, Armas has been a part of the Mike Stanley and Pedro Martinez trades.  I wouldn't say Armas has bounced back to his Montreal level of performance, but he did an OK job keeping the ball in the yard and limiting the free passes.  Health has always been a problem; Armas has never pitched 200 innings.  This year, it's been a forearm strain and back spasms.  He had shoulder surgery last September; it had bothered him for years.  Despite the concerns, I'm thinking something like two years and $8MM for him.

Pedro Astacio - The 36 year-old righty has tossed just 90 innings this year because of a strained forearm.  He might be able to snag a Major League contract somewhere; the Rockies offered him over a million last offseason.

Bruce Chen - Even Scott Boras can't make Chen's 2006 season look good.  Still, throw him in front of a capable outfield defense in a cavernous ballpark and he could be a bargain at the back of your rotation.  He did, after all, post a 3.83 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in 2005.  Jacobs Field or PETCO could make some sense.  The southpaw made about $4MM in 2006.

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I hope Glavine signs with the Braves. That would be nice to at least get Smotlz and Glavine back together for one season and to see him get his 300th wearing a tomahawk across his chest

*I can't see him with any other team in 2007.*

I hope you are wrong. Glavine is a hair away from turning into Steve Trachsel.

Chen might be a nice gamble for NL west teams except Arizona (aka the division that can't hit HR)

The Tigers R for real baby. #1. Pudge Rodriguez walk-off HR w/ 2 outs. Detroit Tigers 2006 World Series Champions!

That homerun was more a product of bad pitching than good hitting.

I think its safe to assume Mark Buehrle will be back with the white sox.

New banner action looks GREAT!!!

i think that this list is relatively weak. i know its part 1, but still.

btw, i really like the banner, but there's no color! does it cost more money to put color on webpages these days?

-go cubs

Off topic a bit:

Ken Rosenthal is reporting the D-Backs acquire Livan Hernandez for two unnamed minor leaguers.

Love the banner by the way.

Glavine will be a Met next year for several reasons:

1. They restructured his deal to max out his money in his last year.
2. The Mets gave him a good contract when no one else would and he will be loyal to them.
3. The Mets give him the best chance to get a championship.
4. The Mets would love to have him get 300 in a Mets uni for the PR and for the sheer spectacle.

To the guy that says "hope not" when asked if he wants Glavine back...you are dumb. Glavine is a leader, can teach our young pitchers the game, and will win 300 next year in a Mets uni. He's a "hair away from turning into Steve Trachsel"? Please. I'm not even going to argue that point because obviously you have not put much thought into it. Glavine has one more year left and won't be asked to be the #2 next year (probably #4 at best).

Hey Roto...can you post a link to anyplace that shows how long each player in on contract? (active or 40 man roster)

I am trying to see how many Mets are "locked up" and for how long...we might be looking at the beginning of a dynasty in the NL. Not trying to steal your thunder, this site is awesome and is a source of a lot of info for me, but this is just for my own fan knowledge since I am a huge Mets fan and want to know how long these guys are around for.

I think the mets core is locked up for at least the next 2 years. If they get someone like Zito or Schmidt on a 3 or 4 year deal... then I seriously see them as a dynasty threat for years to come.

I think the braves won't even attempt to go after Glavine. It would be nice, but no chance. Braves starting rotation will be Smoltz, Hudson, Ramirez, Hampton, and Davies... though the rotation may not quite be in that order.

Chris James ???

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