Come on. Just look at the guy's numbers. A combined 2.82 ERA from 2003-2008. That's extraordinary, isn't it? Problem is, he's pitched in ONLY 412. Just one word. Injuries. Injuries. Injuries. This guy has had a lot of those. Out of everyone on this list, I think he is the best choice to rebound next season given his talent.
Obviously his issue hasn't been his performance on the field, which has been great, but staying on the field on a consistent basis is the problem. Teams shy away from injury prone players, but in most cases, there is a high reward to go along with the high risk. This is yet another case. Most teams should at least take a flier on Duchscherer given his potential.
One thing they'll look at is his 2008 season, where he had a 2.54 ERA in 22 starts and was selected to the All Star team. Duchscherer would miss the following season with shoulder surgery and only pitched in 28 innings in 2010. He may be injury prone, but why wouldn't anyone take a gamble on someone who's as talented as this? Bottom line is that his numbers in limited action are fantastic and there's always a chance he could finally stay healthy over the course of a season. He isn't going to be an expensive pitcher anyway. According to several reports, there already are several teams that are interested in the right-hander, such as the Pirates and Red Sox. Talent like this is definitely worth taking a shot on.