There are no sure things when it comes to starting pitching, but some teams are better-positioned than others for 2011. These nine clubs don't have to worry about Cliff Lee or any other starters this winter. As long as their pitchers stay healthy, they'll enter 2011 with strong rotations one through five.
These aren't necessarily the best rotations (or else you'd see the Cardinals here), they're the groups that will require the least maintenance this offseason. Also note that all the players below are under team control next year and that some of the teams below (Rays, Braves) have more than five viable options.
- Red Sox – Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, Josh Beckett, John Lackey, Daisuke Matsuzaka
- Rays – David Price, James Shields, Matt Garza, Jeff Niemann, Wade Davis
- White Sox – Jake Peavy, Mark Buehrle, John Danks, Edwin Jackson, Gavin Floyd
- A's – Brett Anderson, Trevor Cahill, Dallas Braden, Gio Gonzalez, Vin Mazzaro
- Angels – Jered Weaver, Dan Haren, Ervin Santana, Joel Pineiro, Scott Kazmir
- Phillies – Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, Cole Hamels, Joe Blanton, Kyle Kendrick
- Braves – Tim Hudson, Tommy Hanson, Jair Jurrjens, Derek Lowe, Mike Minor
- Cubs – Ryan Dempster, Tom Gorzelanny, Carlos Silva, Randy Wells, Carlos Zambrano
- Giants – Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Barry Zito, Jonathan Sanchez, Madison Bumgarner
- Honorable mentions to the Blue Jays, Astros and Marlins.