Remaining Free Agent Starters By Innings Pitched

A glance at MLBTR's Free Agent Tracker confirms the commonly-held belief that there's just not much starting pitching remaining on the free agent market. If we assume that Andy Pettitte is only an option for the Yankees and keep in mind that Jamie Moyer will miss the upcoming season, the list shrinks even more. At this point, only four free agent starters could be considered dependable options for a rotation (2010 innings totals in parentheses):

Only two of those pitchers finished the season with an ERA below 5.00 and Garcia (4.64 ERA) and Bush (4.54 ERA) both posted marks above 4.50. The alternatives to those starters pitched less in 2010 and many of the free agents below dealt with injuries last year: 

Teams looking to sign free agent starters are probably not impressed with the options remaining. But clubs looking to trade starters could take advantage of the shallow free agent pool and send their arms elsewhere for salary relief and a prospect or two. The Phillies (Joe Blanton) Tigers (Armando Galarraga) and Braves (Kenshin Kawakami) would all deal pitchers for the right return, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see one or two more trades for starters before the season begins.

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