No. 1 Starter: Brandon McCarthy, 29
2012 Stats (with A's): 18 G, 8-6, 3.24 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 111 IP, 115 H, 24 BB, 73 K
Injuries limited McCarthy to only 18 starts and 111 innings in 2012, but there's little question that McCarthy can hold his own against potent lineups around the game.
He's not a power pitcher and won't rack up gaudy strikeout totals. But his ability to keep the ball on the ground and in the park makes him an intriguing option for all teams, regardless of the ballpark that they play in.
His season ended early after getting hit in the head with a line drive, an injury that required emergency surgery. So McCarthy will need to prove he's still "got it" for teams in 2013 on a one-year deal.
With a salary around $10 million, McCarthy is a bargain if he's fully recovered.
No. 2 Starter: Shaun Marcum, 31
2012 Stats (with Brewers): 21 G, 7-4. 3.70 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 124 IP, 116 H, 41 BB, 109 K
A shoulder injury limited him to only 21 starts for the Brewers in 2012, but he still posted a solid 3.70 ERA and 1.27 WHIP over 124 innings of work, averaging three walks and almost eight strikeouts per nine innings.
From 2010 through 2011, Marcum averaged 198 innings per season, a 3.59 ERA and 1.15 WHIP, with similar walk and strikeout ratios: 2.3 BB/9 and 7.3 K/9.
A two-year deal in the $14-to-$16 million range makes Marcum a bargain.
No. 3 Starter: Joe Saunders, 31
2012 Stats (with D-Backs/Orioles): 28 G, 9-13, 4.07 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 175 IP, 195 H, 39 BB, 112 K
Every team needs a southpaw and Saunders is ours. He was much better with the Orioles than with the Diamondbacks, and in the playoffs, Saunders was excellent, allowing only nine hits and two earned runs over 11 innings of work, walking five and striking out nine.
He's durable, having logged at least 170 innings in each of the past five seasons. At an average salary around $7 million, Saunders is a bargain for a middle-of-the-rotation arm.
No. 4 Starter: Scott Baker, 31
2012 Stats (with Twins): Did Not Pitch
He missed all of 2012 due to Tommy John surgery and has signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Cubs for $5.5 million (with incentives that could bring the total to $7 million). But Scott Baker will prove to be a steal this winter.
In nearly 1,000 career innings for the Twins, Baker averaged 7.2 strikeouts per nine innings while walking only 2.1 per nine, pitching to a 4.15 ERA. In 2011, he threw to a 3.14 ERA and struck out more than eight batters per nine innings.
Baker needs to prove that he's fully recovered from surgery. But he's a quality starter who will thrive in the National League.
No. 5 Starter: Kevin Correia, 32
2012 Stats (with Pirates): 32 G, 12-11. 4.21 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 171 IP, 176 H, 46 BB, 89 K
Correia has won 12 games in three of the past four seasons playing for the Padres and Pirates, teams that don't offer great run support.
He's not a dominating starter by any means, doesn't strike out many batters and will surrender runs, but not too many that a quality team can't overcome.
As far as fifth starters with experience go, a one-year, $5 million deal for Correia makes him a bargain.