We begin our offseason player tracker with the position that every good team should build around: starting pitching. Seeing as it is only late-January there are still a few quality arms left out there in free agency such as Jeremy Bonderman, Freddy Garcia, John Maine and Justin Duchscherer.
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Zach Greinke’s move to the NL should have fantasy players everywhere salivating. We have seen an obvious trend in recent years of quality AL pitchers coming over to the senior circuit and dominating.
Heck, Cliff Lee took less money to play, and probably finish his career, in Philadelphia rather than the AL East. This is also true for Matt Garza who also leaves the power hitting AL East and will toll the rubber for the NL Central Cubs. It wouldn’t surprise me a bit if Garza isn’t in Cy Young contention this season, mark my words.
Under the Radar
I like Aaron Harang moving to the flyball friendly PetCo Park. Also, Padres manager Bud Black has proven that he can resurrect the careers of starting pitchers such as John Garland as well as develop and mentor young prospects like Mat Latos and Clayton Richard.
Black has moved ahead of Dave Duncan, Don Cooper and Mike Scioscia as the most influential pitching instructor in all of baseball. Thus, as excited as I am about Harang, I am equally not enthusiastic about Kevin Correia moving to Pittsburgh or even Garland’s move to the Dodgers.
The one guy who could be a big factor this year though is Chris Young, who will be relied on heavily by the Mets this year and should be able to post some good numbers if he can somehow stay off the disabled list.
Please don’t get fooled this season by the name Brandon Webb. He was a Cy Young Award winner in 2006 but since has missed most of two seasons while recovering from shoulder surgery.
His move to the AL along with his new ballpark in Texas does not help Webb’s ability to post Cy Young quality numbers in 2011 if ever again. There are plenty of prospects and other starters out there to draft in the later rounds so leave Webb off of your team and let somebody else in your league deal with the headaches he will surely cause this season.
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