A potentially great pitching market is threatening to become almost nonexistent.
This whole market could turn up stiff.
If Bedard's shoulder doesn't loosen up, it's possible the best starting pitchers on the market could be Seattle's
Washburn (3-5, 3.30 ERA) has pitched well this season, but is far from a star and carries a hefty $9 million salary. Penny (5-2, 5.32) hit 95 mph on the radar gun in a recent start against the Yankees, but scouts say he has been less than stellar this year and has a reputation as a somewhat-difficult clubhouse presence.
The Red Sox have received offers for Penny, but none to their liking. The Phillies, Cardinals and Mets are believed to have checked in, but Penny's value spears less than spectacular.
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The Phillies, Dodgers and White Sox are searching for a starting pitcher, and the Twins, Rangers, Tigers and Mets may pursue one, as well. So the demand should easily exceed the supply.
Right now, the supply is exceedingly sparse. Halladay never was never likely to go anywhere -- though some GMs understandably dreamed of a repeat of last year's
The Mariners are still on the fringes of the race to make the playoffs, but assuming they become a seller, they could actually control about half the supply of viable starters. Bedard threw on the side Tuesday after skipping last Saturday's start. He's penciled in to pitch either Friday or Saturday versus Arizona.
But while Bedard's talented, the shoulder question and personality issues could limit his value. Phillies GM
The Indians are still awaiting the return of
While Nats bosses like
Acta was said to have gotten a couple-days reprieve Monday, and while no one is talking publicly about the touchy situation, there's a great suspicion he still may get fired when the team returns home.
It's possible Nats management doesn't want the new manager -- foxsports.com reported that Nationals bench coach
Kasten won't comment on anything. But one GM said of the idea of the Nationals hiring Valentine, "They should do it. But they won't do it. They're too cheap.''
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