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Heading into the offseason, the Diamondbacks' rotation for 2010 is shaping up as five right-handers - Brandon Webb, Dan Haren, Max Scherzer, Billy Buckner, and Kevin Mulvey, with last year's AAA pitchers (Bryan Augenstein, Cesar Valdez, Hector Ambriz, and Tony Barnette) also in the mix. Webb's health is obviously a concern, and there are clearly questions about the #4 and #5 slots. The team should have at least $10-15M to spend on new acquisitions, and a free agent pitcher is likely a priority. Unfortunately, this year's free agent pitching class is one of the weakest in recent years, with most of the high-quality pitchers coming off injuries. The Diamondbacks could offer arbitration to Doug Davis, who made $8M last season. Davis has managed decent ERAs despite very poor peripheral stats. Other LHP options include Randy Wolf, Erik Bedard (coming off injury), Aroldis Chapman, and Jarrod Washburn. Here is a look at this year's free agent class. Almost every pitcher on the list has some question marks. Stats shown are Wins-Losses, ERA, WHIP (Walks+Hits per Inning), Innings Pitched, Strikeouts/9, Walks/9, HRA/9, ERA+, and Quality Starts/Total Starts. 1. John Lackey, LAA (31, RHP) (Type A) - $9M salary in 2009 2009: 11-8, 3.83 ERA, 1.270 WHIP, 176.1 IP, 7.1K, 2.4BB, 0.9 HR, 118 ERA+, 16/27 QS, 2008: 12-5, 3.75 ERA, 1.231 WHIP, 163.1 IP, 7.2K, 2.2BB, 1.4 HR, 119 ERA+, 16/24 QS 2007: 19-9, 3.01 ERA, 1.210 WHIP, 224 IP, 7.2K, 2.1BB, 0.7 HR, 150 ERA+, 24/33 QS John Lackey is the best free agent pitcher in the market this year, but even he is coming off two consecutive years with time on the disabled list. Before that, he had had five straight years with over 200 IP, including 224 IP in 2007 with a league-leading ERA of 3.01. Lackey is expected to get a multi-year deal averaging over $10/season. 2. Randy Wolf, LAD (33, LHP) (Type A) - $8M 2009: 11-7, 3.23 ERA, 1.101 WHIP, 214.1 IP, 6.7K, 2.4 BB, 1.0 HR, 122 ERA+, 24/34 QS 2008: 12-12, 4.30 ERA, 1.377 WHIP, 190.1 IP, 7.7K, 3.4 BB, 1.0 HR, 92 ERA+, 18/33 QS Randy Wolf had suffered through injury-plagued seasons in 2005, 2006, and 2007, but has put together back-to-back 200+ IP years. In fact, Wolf is coming off his best season, finishing with career highs in IP, QS, ERA+, and WHIP. At this point, he may be the most reliable starting pitcher available. 3. Rich Harden, CHC (28, RHP) (Type B) - $7M 2009: 9-9, 4.09 ERA, 1.340 WHIP, 141 IP, 10.9K, 4.3BB, 1.5 HR, 110 ERA+, 14/26 QS 2008: 10-2, 2.07 ERA, 1.061 WHIP, 148 IP, 11.0K, 3.7 BB, 0.7 HR, 211 ERA+, 14/25 QS Harden has the best stuff of any pitcher available, with a career strikeout rate of 9.4K/9 IP, and only allowing 7.2H/9 IP. The downside has always been Harden's health, as he has only thrown over 150 IP in a season once in his career, and that was way back in 2004. Last year with the Cubs, Harden also showed a tendency to give up too many walks and home runs, and only managed to go beyond 6 IP in 5 out of 26 starts. Most teams will be afraid to give Harden a long-term deal, but he may get a large one-year offer. 4. Aroldis Chapman, CUBA (21, LHP) 2009 (CUBA): 11-4, 4.03 ERA, 1.445 WHIP, 118.1 IP, 9.9K, 4.7 BB, 0.5 HR 2008 (CUBA): 6-7, 3.89 ERA, 1.243 WHIP, 74 IP, 9.6K, 4.5 BB, 0.4 HR Aroldis Chapman is a 21 year LHP who defected from Cuba last year, and throws over 100 MPH. He's young, and there have been questions about his maturity, but he has a great arm from the left side. He may not be ready to help a major league club in 2010, but he should get a multi-year deal. 5. Tim Hudson, ATL (34, RHP)- $13M 2009: 2-1, 3.61 ERA, 1.465 WHIP, 42.1 IP, 6.4K, 2.8 BB, 0.9 HR, 114 ERA+ 2008: 11-7, 3.17 ERA, 1.162 WHIP, 142 IP, 5.4K, 2.5 BB, 0.7 HR, 133 ERA+ 2007: 16-10, 3.33 ERA, 1.221 WHIP, 224.1 IP, 5.3K, 2.1 BB, 0.4 HR, 131 ERA+ The Braves have a $12M option for Tim Hudson in 2010, but are expected to negotiate a new multi-year contract with him. Edit: Hudson and the Braves have agreed to a 3 yr, $27M deal: Link. 6. Andy Pettitte NYY (37, LHP) (Type B) - $10M 2009: 14-8, 4.16 ERA, 1.382 WHIP, 194.2 IP, 6.8K, 3.5 BB, 0.9 HR, 103 ERA+ 2008: 14-14, 4.54 ERA, 1.412 WHIP, 204 IP, 7.0K, 2.4 BB, 0.8 HR, 98 ERA+ Andy Pettitte is a free agent, but will almost certainly re-sign with the Yankees if he pitches in 2010. 7. Erik Bedard SEA (30, LHP) (Type B) - $7.75M 2009: 5-3, 2.82 ERA, 1.193 WHIP, 83 IP, 9.8K, 3.7 BB, 0.9 HR, 154 ERA+, 6/15 QS 2008: 6-4, 3.67 ERA, 1.321 WHIP, 81 IP, 8.0K, 4.1 BB, 1.0 HR, 115 ERA+, 7/15 QS 2007: 13-5, 3.16 ERA, 1.088 WHIP, 182 IP, 10.9K, 2.8 BB, 0.9 HR, 146 ERA+, 21/28 QS Erik Bedard has been a good pitcher when healthy, but is recovering from a torn labrum, and will probably not be ready for opening day. Returning to the Mariners is a possibility, as is pitching for the Blue Jays in his native Canada. 8. Jon Garland, LAD (30, RHP) (Type B) - $6.25M 2009: 11-13, 4.01 ERA, 1.402 WHIP, 204 IP, 4.8K, 2.7BB, 1.0 HR, , 111 ERA+, 23/33 QS 2008: 14-8, 4.90 ERA, 1.505 WHIP, 196.2 IP, 4.1K, 2.7BB, 1.1 HR, 91 ERA+, 18/32 QS Jon Garland has shown excellent durability in his career, racking up double-digit victories and logging over 190 IP for eight consecutive seasons. He pitched well for the Dodgers last September (2.72 ERA), but the Dodgers declined his $10M option, choosing instead to have the D'backs pay his $2.5M buyout. Garland's low strikeout rate is worrisome, but he seems to be a lock to give a team 30 starts with a league average ERA. 9. Jason Marquis COL (31, RHP) (Type B) - $9.875M 2009: 15-13, 4.04 ERA, 1.380 WHIP, 216 IP, 4.8K, 3.3BB, 0.6 HR, 113 ERA, 21/33 QS 2008: 11-9, 4.53 ERA, 1.449 WHIP, 167 IP, 4.9K, 3.8 BB, 0.8 HR, 102 ERA+, 12/28 QS Much like Jon Garland, Marquis is a low-strikeout pitcher who manages a league average ERA with good durability. Marquis had an excellent 1st half with a 3.56 ERA, but faded in the 2nd half to 4.56, and only threw 1 IP in the postseason. The Mets have been rumored as a possibility. 10. Ben Sheets (31, RHP) $11M (2008) 2009: DNP 2008: 13-9, 3.09 ERA, 1.150 WHIP, 198.1 IP, 7.2K, 2.1 BB, 0.8 HR, 136 ERA+, 18/31 QS 2007: 12-5, 3.82 ERA, 1.238 WHIP, 141.1 IP, 6.8K, 2.4 BB, 1.1 HR, 116 ERA+, 14/24 QS Sheets is coming off a torn flexor tendon, and missed all of 2009. When healthy, he was one of the best pitchers in baseball. He expects to beready to go in 2010. 11. Justin Duchscherer, OAK (32, RHP) (Type B) - $3.9M 2009: DNP 2008: 10-8, 2.54 ERA, 0.995 WHIP, 141.2 IP, 6.0K, 2.2 BB, 0.7 HR, 163 ERA+, 15/22 QS Justin Duchscherer also did not pitch in the majors in 2009. He started out on the DL with an elbow problem, but did throw 11 scoreless innings during a minor league rehab in August. He then was diagnosed with clinical depression, and was shut down for the season. He could be a good bargain in 2010. 12. John Smoltz, STL (43, RHP) - $5.5M 2009: 3-8, 6.35 ERA, 1.449 WHIP, 78 IP, 8.4K, 2.1 BB, 1.3 HR, 69 ERA+ 2008: 3-2, 2.57 ERA, 1.179 WHIP, 28 IP, 11.6K, 2.6 BB, 0.6 HR, 164 ERA+ 2007: 14-8, 3.11 ERA. 1.182 WHIP, 205.2 IP, 8.6K, 2.1 BB, 0.8 HR, 140 ERA+ John Smoltz will be 43 next year, and did not have very good results in Boston. However, he pitched better in St. Louis, and did maintain very strong peripherals all season. I think he still has something left. 13. Vicente Padilla, LAD (32, RHP) (Type B) - $12M 2009: 12-6, 4.46 ERA, 1.425 WHIP, 147.3 IP, 5.9K, 3.3 BB, 1.0 HR, 100 ERA+, 11/25 QS 2008: 14-8, 4.74 ERA, 1.462 WHIP, 171 IP, 6.7K, 3.4 BB, 1.4HR, 94 ERA+, 12/29 QS After being released by the Rangers, Padilla found himself with the Dodgers, going 4-0 with a 3.20 ERA down the stretch. He even started three games in the postseason, moving ahead of Chad Billingsley in the rotation. He was called a horrible teammate while with the Rangers, and it's not clear if he salvaged his reputation in LA. 14. Brad Penny SF (31, RHP) - $6M 2009: 11-9, 4.88 ERA, 1.396 WHIP, 173.1 IP, 5.7K, 2.6 BB, 1.1 HR, 94 ERA+, 16/30 QS 2008: 6-9, 6.27 ERA, 1.627 WHIP, 94.2 IP, 4.8K, 4.0 BB, 1.2 HR, 66 ERA+, 5/17 QS 2007: 16-4, 4.33 ERA, 1.376 WHIP, 208 IP, 5.8K, 3.2 BB, 0.4 HR, 146 ERA+, 26/33 QS Brad Penny had his mid-90s fastball back in 2009, but it didn't help him much in Boston, as he struggled to a 5.61 ERA. After his trade to the Giants, he somehow improved to 2.59, although his strikeout rate was only 4.3 per 9 IP. With his injuries, fitness issues, and shaky performance, most teams will be unwilling to offer a multi-year deal. 15. Jarrod Washburn DET (35, LHP) - $10.35M 2009: 9-9, 3.78 ERA, 1.188 WHIP, 176 IP, 5.1K, 2.5BB, 1.2 HR, 116 ERA+, 17/28 QS 2008: 5-14, 4.69 ERA, 1.458 WHIP, 153.2 IP, 5.1K, 2.9 BB, 1.1 HR, 90 ERA+, 14/26 QS Jarrod Washburn had an outstanding half-season with the Mariners, going 8-6 with a 2.64 ERA. After the trade to the Tigers, Washburn fell apart, posting a 7.33 ERA. For the three previous seasons, Washburn had been a league average pitcher. Maybe a return to Seattle would work. 16. Doug Davis ARZ (34, LHP) (B) - $8.75M 2009: 9-14, 4.12 ERA, 1.505 WHIP, 203.1 IP, 6.5K, 4.6 BB, 1.1 HR, 111 ERA+, 22/34 QS 2008: 6-8, 4.32 ERA, 1.534 WHIP, 146 IP, 6.9K, 3.9 BB, 0.8 HR, 108 ERA+, 14/26 QS Doug Davis is another soft-tosser who has shown excellent durability. It's amazing that Davis keeps putting up better than league-average ERAs despite walking over 4 batters per game and allowing over one hit per inning. The Brewers are rumored to be interested in bringing him back. 17. Joel Pineiro, STL (31, RHP) (B) - $7.5M 2009: 15-12, 3.49 ERA, 1.145 WHIP, 214 IP, 4.4K, 1.1 BB, 0.5 HR, 118 ERA+ 2008: 7-7, 5.15 ERA, 1.446 WHIP, 148.2 IP, 4.9K, 2.1 BB, 1.3 HR, 83 ERA+ Pineiro had the best control in the NL in 2009, walking only 1.1 batter per 9 innings. Is Pineiro a Dave Duncan success story, or was 2009 a fluke? 18. Brett Myers, PHI (29, RHP) - $12M 2009: 4-3, 4.84 ERA, 1.373 WHIP, 70.2 IP, 6.4K, 2.9 BB, 2.3 HR, 88 ERA+, 6/10 QS 2008: 10-13, 4.55 ERA, 1.379 WHIP, 190 IP, 7.7K, 3.1 BB, 1.4 HR, 96 ERA+, 15/30 QS Brett Myers had two nice seasons as a starter in 2005 and 2006, but has seen his strikeout rate drop from 8.7/9 IP to 6.4. He may end up back in the bullpen. 19. Carl Pavano, MIN (33, RHP) (Type B) - $2.8M 2009: 14-12, 5.10 ERA, 1.375 WHIP, 199.1 IP, 6.6K, 1.8 BB, 1.2 HR, 84 ERA+ 2008: 4-2, 5.77 ERA, 1.485 WHIP, 34.1 IP, 3.9K, 2.6 BB, 1.3 HR. 77 ERA+ Carl Pavano was finally healthy in 2009, and had decent peripherals. He may end up back with the Twins or Indians. 20. Randy Johnson, SF (46, LHP) (Type B) - $8M 2009: 8-6, 4.88 ERA, 1.333 WHIP, 96 IP, 8.1K, 2.9 BB, 1.8 HR. 90 ERA+ 2008: 11-10, 3.91 ERA, 1.239 WHIP, 184 IP, 8.5K, 2.2 BB, 1.2 HR, 119 ERA+ Randy Johnson missed most of 2009 with a torn rotator cuff, and might decide to hang 'em up. 21. Braden Looper * MIL (B) - $4.75M 2009: 14-7, 5.22 ERA, 1.490 WHIP, 194.2 IP, 4.6K, 3.0 BB, 1.8 HR, 77 ERA+ 2008: 12-14, 4.16 ERA, 1.312 WHIP, 199 IP, 4.9K, 2.0 BB, 1.1 HR, 102 ERA+ 22. Kelvim Escobar LAA - $9.5M 2009: 0-1, 3.60 ERA, 1.600 WHIP, 5 IP, 9.0K, 7.2 BB, 0.0 HR, 125 ERA+ 2008: DNP 2007: 18-7, 3.40 ERA, 1.267 WHIP, 195.2 IP, 7.4K, 3.0 BB, 0.5 HR, 133 ERA+ Escobar is hoping to pitch in the Venezuelan winter leagues during the offseason. 23. Jose Contreras COL - $10M 2009: 6-13, 4.92 ERA, 1.473 WHIP, 131.2 IP, 7.2K, 3.6 BB, 0.9 HR, 94 ERA+ 2008: 7-6, 4.54 ERA, 1.364 WHIP, 121 IP, 5.2K, 2.6 BB, 0.9 HR, 101 ERA+ Pitched well as a reliever for the Rockies; not so well as a starter for the White Sox. 24. Bartolo Colon CWS - $1M 2009: 3-6, 4.19 ERA, 1.444 WHIP, 62.1 IP, 5.5K, 3.0 BB, 1.9 HR, 111 ERA+ 2008: 4-2, 3.92 ERA, 1.385 WHIP, 39 IP, 6.2K, 2.3 BB, 1.2 HR, 118 ERA+ 25. Todd Wellemeyer STL - $4.05M 2009: 7-10, 5.89 ERA, 1.774 WHIP, 122.1 IP, 5.7K, 4.2 BB, 1.4 HR, 70 ERA+ 2008: 13-9, 3.71 ERA, 1.252 WHIP, 191.2 IP, 6.3K, 2.9 BB, 1.2 HR, 115 ERA+ After a disappointing season, Wellemeyer will probably not be back in St. Louis. 26. Mike Hampton HOU - $2M 2009: 7-10, 5.30 ERA, 1.554 WHIP, 112 IP, 5.9K, 3.7 BB, 1.0 HR, 79 ERA+ 2008: 3-4, 4.85 ERA, 1.423 WHIP, 78 IP, 4.4K, 3.2 BB, 1.2 HR, 87 ERA+ Hampton is not expected back in Houston in 2010. 27. Livan Hernandez WAS - $1.3M 2009: 9-12, 5.44 ERA, 1.563 WHIP, 183.2 IP, 5.0K, 3.3 BB, 0.9 HR, 76 ERA+ 2008: 13-11, 6.05 ERA, 1.632 WHIP, 180 IP, 3.4K, 2.2 BB, 1.3 HR, 71 ERA+ After two very poor seasons, no team would be considering Livan for their rotation in 2010, right? Still more options: Brandon Backe HOU, Tom Glavine ATL, Daniel Cabrera ARZ, Sidney Ponson KC, Jason Schmidt LAD, Odalis Perez WAS, Adam Eaton COL