Last week I went into the “good” pitchers that are going to be available this offseason. I remain convinced that despite holes at first and in the outfield, starting pitching is what needs to be dealt with more than anything else. I think it is interesting to take a list of everyone who is available, just to see what options are out there. I took this list directly from Cot’s Baseball Contracts, which is a great reference site.
* – player whose current contract includes 2011 option
Bronson Arroyo * (1675 2/3 IP, 1118 K, 509 BB, 4.19 ERA) The Reds have an $11M option, GM Walt Jocketty said it will be picked up.
Erik Bedard * (822 IP, 801 K, 325 BB, 3.71 ERA) The Mariners have an $8M option which they won’t pick up. He has pitched well whenever he’s been healthy, which has amounted to 30 games over the last 3 years. He’s mounted a few unsuccessful comeback attempts, but a bad shoulder hasn’t gotten better, and there’s no telling whether it will. The M’s may well renegotiate with him anyway, as he’s expressed a desire to stay.