Presented in alphabetical order following the jump.
|Edgar G Gonzalez||48||83|
Hey Arizona, has anyone ever told you how beautiful your pitching staff is? No, really? Well it is quite wondrous. It starts at the end for the Diamondbacks. Chad Qualls was a suitable replacement for Jose Valverde and at a far more efficient financial rate. Dan Haren, Brandon Webb, and Randy Johnson were only three of the seven (!) pitcher with 120 or better FIP+ over at least 50 innings. Webb and Haren were exactly who we figured they would be, but who saw Johnson being that good this season? Jon Rauch's time in Arizona was derailed by the long ball, but I would expect that to regress back at least a bit. Scherzer has surreal potential and showed the ability to get swinging strikes last season as a starter and reliever, he should replace Doug Davis in the rotation. Speaking of relievers that induce hacks; Juan Cruz is going to be a very nice addition to some team's bullpen next season, and dare I say a better value than Francisco Rodriguez.
|Jorge De La Rosa||130||112|
|Valerio DL Santos||8||69|
Speaking of reliever value, Brian Fuentes is going to be paid handsomely and deservedly so. Ubaldo Jimenez and Aaron Cook carried the rotation while Manuel Corpas was pretty decent out of the bullpen. How many people knew Jason Grili or Taylor Buccholz before this season? Actually, who knows them now? Both were very solid for the Rockies. Disappointingly, Jeff Francis and Gregory Reynolds, two pieces of the rotation puzzle, were below average, with Reynolds being a complete and utter abomination of a pitcher. I am all for trying to find a bargain, but the problem is the Rockies seemingly are unsure of what separates pitchers from being undervalued and being unemployed. I am almost sure the reason Livan Hernandez was brought in had something to do with "eating innings" rather than "being good". Glendon Rusch was a bargain because he is not a bad pitcher and sat out a season, Kip Wells? Meh. There is definitely some work to be done here.
Los Angeles Dodgers
|Chan Ho Park||95.3||102|
Here we see a tale of two starters encroaching on free agency. Derek Lowe probably earned himself a very sweet contract, meanwhile Brad Penny stupidly pitched through injuries and finished with an awful season. Perhaps he still gets paid a good amount, but my goodness his agent must hate him. Takashi Saito, Jonathan Broxton, and Hong-Chih Kuo might be the best 1-2-3 relief punch in the league, although perhaps I should re-label them as a 1-2-1 punch. Chad Billingsley was quite solid and Hiroki Kuroda turned out to be a very astute move by the Dodgers. Greg Maddux and Chan Ho Park weren't too bad either, but Esteban Loaiza was. Clayton Kershaw will soon be a superstar and a glutton of other young Dodger pitchers like Ramon Troncoso, James McDonald, and Cory Wade performed above average.
San Diego Padres
|Cha Seung Baek||111||100|
Injuries to Chris Young and Jake Peavy, and just general ineffectiveness lead the Padres to use 32 pitchers for at least three innings. Amazingly only 13 of those were above average and only seven posted a FIP+ over 120. It appears Peavy might be dealt while Trevor Hoffman will finish his career as a Padre. Randy Wolf was spun off for Chad Reineke and despite a small sample size Reineke actually slightly outperformed Wolf in his San Diego stint. I've sang Cha Seung Baek's praises for a while now, and I should probably do the same for Mike Adams and Justin Hampson. There's some hope for a few pieces being serviceable next season (Haeger, Leblanc, ect.) but with Peavy likely on his way out I'm not sure whether it will be enough.
San Francisco Giants
You know, I actually expected the Giants to use quite a few more pitchers than they really did. Lincecum is perhaps the most under appreciated pitcher in the league. His team won't be in the playoffs for the foreseeable future and the Giants minus-Bonds don't seem like a ratings draw anymore. Sergio Romo is probably not as well known as Tony, but was pretty damn good. Interesting to note that Brad Hennessey (awful), Kevin Correia (not good), and Tyler Walker (average) were all released. Keiichi Yabu was actually okay, and Matt Cain/Jonathan Sanchez were good as expected.