A's right-hander Justin Duchscherer is a free agent after this season, but he hasn't thrown a pitch all year due to lingering elbow discomfort and suffered yet another setback on Friday. Heading into the '09 season, things were looking up for "The Duke of Hurl." The 32-year-old had a 2.54 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 95/34 K/BB ratio for Oakland in 2008 and was cruising toward his first major contract. What now?
I thought it'd be interesting to poll the readers. Can he still demand a hefty multi-year deal? Will A's GM Billy Beane try to deal him once he returns? What clubs are a good fit? Obviously a lot depends on his performance in the season's final few months, but let's assume he pitches as well as he did last year.
Take in the full MLBTR archive on Duchscherer right here.