One-year wonders

How to turn an injury-plagued pitcher into a top commodity

Originally Published: April 9, 2013
By Peter Keating | ESPN The Magazine
Keating IlloMiraRuido for ESPN"If you stitch those red flags together, you get great value," says Keating.

AMONG STARTING pitchers with new contracts, I can't tell you exactly who will provide his team (and maybe your fantasy club) the most bang for the buck in 2013. But I can say that he will come from the following group: Bartolo Colon, Dan Haren, Shaun Marcum, Jason Marquis, Andy Pettitte and Joe Saunders. These hurlers are all coming off injuries and have signed deals for just one year. And if you stitch those red flags together, you get great value.

Peter Keating is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, where he covers investigative and statistical subjects. He started writing "The Biz," a column looking at sports business from the fan's point of view, in 1999. He also coordinates the Magazine's annual "Ultimate Standings" project, which ranks all pro franchises according to how much they give back to fans. His work on concussions in football has earned awards from the Deadline Club, the New York Press Club and the Center for the Study of Sport in Society.