How Teams Obtained Their Opening Day Starters

You can define a No. 1 starter in any number of ways, but in one respect, managers around the game have already done the work for us. Here's a list of the pitchers who got the Opening Day nod this year and how their current teams acquired them:

Draft Picks (15)

  • Luke Hochevar, Royals – Selected in the first round of the 2006 draft (1st overall).
  • David Price, Rays – Selected in the first round of the 2007 draft (1st overall).
  • Justin Verlander, Tigers – Selected in the first round of the 2004 draft (2nd overall).
  • Tim Stauffer, Padres – Selected in the first round of the 2003 draft (4th overall).
  • Ricky Romero, Blue Jays – Selected in the first round of the 2005 draft (6th overall).
  • Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers – Selected in the first round of the 2006 draft (7th overall).
  • Mike Pelfrey, Mets – Selected in the first round of the 2005 draft (9th overall).
  • Tim Lincecum, Giants – Selected in the first round of the 2006 draft (10th overall).
  • Jered Weaver, Angels – Selected in the first round of the 2004 draft (12th overall).
  • Jon Lester, Red Sox – Selected in the second round of the 2002 draft.
  • Yovani Gallardo, Brewers – Selected in the second round of the 2004 draft.
  • Trevor Cahill, Athletics – Selected in the second round of the 2006 draft.
  • Josh Johnson, Marlins – Selected in the fourth round of the 2002 draft.
  • C.J. Wilson, Rangers – Selected in the fifth round of the 2001 draft.
  • Mark Buehrle, White Sox – Selected in the 38th round of the 1998 draft and later extended.

Free Agent Signings (8)

  • C.C. Sabathia, Yankees – Signed a free agent contract worth $161MM over seven years in December, 2008.
  • Derek Lowe, Braves – Signed a free agent contract worth $60MM over four years in January, 2009.
  • Ryan Dempster, Cubs – Signed a free agent contract worth $52MM over four years in November, 2008.
  • Carl Pavano, Twins – Signed a free agent contract worth $16.5MM over two years in January, 2011. The Twins originally traded for him in 2009, but Pavano has since hit free agency.
  • Kevin Correia, Pirates – Signed a free agent contract worth $8MM over two years in December, 2010.
  • Brett Myers, Astros – Signed a free agent contract worth $5.1MM for one year in January, 2010 and later extended.
  • Livan Hernandez, Nationals – Signed a free agent contract worth $900K for one year in February, 2010 and later extended.
  • Chris Carpenter, Cardinals – Signed a free agent contract worth $500K for one year in December, 2002 and later extended.

International Free Agent Signings (3)

  • Felix Hernandez, Mariners – Signed as an amateur free agent in July, 2002.
  • Ubaldo Jimenez, Rockies – Signed as an amateur free agent in April, 2001.
  • Fausto Carmona, Indians – Signed as an amateur free agent in December, 2000.

Trades (3)

Waiver Claims (1)

  • Jeremy Guthrie, Orioles – Acquired from the Indians in a January, 2007 waiver claim.

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