Thursday, February 28, 2013
Veteran arms available in June?
By Jason A. Churchill
With Javier Vazquez's knee surgery scaring teams off this spring there could be three viable starting pitchers available to contenders in June or July. Vazquez could change his mind once he's healthy.
Free agent Kyle Lohse still may prefer to sign before the seasons starts but the draft-pick compensation attached to his price tag falls off after the draft in early June. Roy Oswalt, if he returns to pitch at all, is likely to repeat his mid-season comeback from 2012.
The Washington Nationals have been linked to Lohse and Vazquez and the Mets have been linked to Oswalt, but both clubs went in other directions: Washington signed Dan Haren and Chris Young, and the Mets went for Shaun Marcum. Once June rolls around, if all three veterans arms still are available and are interested in continuing their careers, some contender is likely to strike, perhaps including the Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees.