There are a number of big-time pitchers that have the potential to become free agents at the end of the year.
One of those pitchers is right-hander John Lackey. Lackey has been a workhorse over the past few seasons and should earn a pretty nice contract. Something like a four-year, $30 million deal isn't all too far-fetched.
Lefty Rich Harden is a head scratcher. This guy has all the talent in the world. He has the stuff to be a bona fide ace. But he has a long history of injury problems and has not been able to stay on the mound for any extensive time. He has yet to reach 200 innings in any season of his career.
The Phillies picked up lefty Cliff Lee at the non-waiver trade deadline and now hold an $8 million option on him. Given his time in Philadelphia thus far, it appears he could receive a multi-year contract and would be a nice piece for any rotation.
The New York Mets are in dire need of a No. 2 starter to go behind Johan Santana, and any one of these arms would solidify that position. The Marlins could use a legitimate ace on their staff as well. One would have to imagine that the Texas Rangers will also be in the market for some starting pitching.