Mid-rotation innings eaters don't necessarily grace ticket stubs and souvenir programs the way a Clay Buchholz or Felix Hernandez might. But most teams rely on veteran starters to provide steady innings, not to electrify the fan base. Once the offseason begins, GMs will bid on innings eaters as they look to fill out their rotations.
Rodrigo Lopez, Jon Garland, Bronson Arroyo, Jeremy Bonderman, Dave Bush, Bruce Chen, Doug Davis, Freddy Garcia, Aaron Harang, Hiroki Kuroda, Ted Lilly, Kevin Millwood, Vicente Padilla, Javier Vazquez and Jake Westbrook all fit the description to an extent and all could hit free agency this winter. Here's a preliminary look at which teams might be in the market for innings eaters in the 2010-11 offseason:
- Twins - Minnesota figures to offer Carl Pavano arbitration and if he turns down their offer, they could go after an innings eater.
- Reds - The Reds could pick up Bronson Arroyo’s 2011 option.
- Cubs - The Cubs’ interest in free agent pitchers depends on whether they trade Carlos Zambrano.