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The Under-Represented Middle Class Of Free Agent Starting Pitchers

I was actually thinking about writing about this, but Kevin beat me to it. A couple months ago, WTM wrote a couple posts outlining the typical market values of mid-rotation starters. This year, the market looks remarkably different. Just last offseason, Jake Westbrook got two years and $16.5 million from the Cardinals; after the 2009 season, Randy Wolf got three years and $29.75 million from the Brewers. This year, Paul Maholm, a younger but otherwise relatively similar pitcher in terms of overall value, got one year and $4.25 million. And a lot of other pitchers in his free-agent bracket have been fairly cheap as well. The Bucs took advantage of this trend by signing Erik Bedard cheaply, but I'd love for them to continue to push that advantage by signing someone like Jeff Francis, who at this point shouldn't cost much.

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