With Eric Milton headed for Tommy John surgery and the Dunn and Griffey trade talks heating up, I find myself wondering about potential saved cash. That leads me to wonder which FA starting pitchers the Reds might look at this off-season. Here is a provisional list of some players that might be on Wayne's radar come October:
Zambrano is pretty clearly the class of this group, and I'm sure the Yanks and Red Sox will be in a bidding war for his services. I guess I'd put Buerhle, Garcia, Colon and Pettitte on the second tier, although I'm not too firm on that. After that, it's pretty much a scrum, and I think Lohse comes out looking better than average.
I have a feeling Carlos Silva might end up a Red next year, just based on Wayne's Twins track record thus far. I'm not too upset about that either, since I think he'd make a decent #3 or #4. Steve Trachsel is also a name that sparks my interest, but I'm not at all sure why.
Of course, maybe Wayne will spend all of our money revamping the bullpen. Again.
Which of these starters (if any) would you like to see the Reds pursue? What do you think it would take to land them?