Braden Looper (Cardinals) - Looper's 4.94 ERA and dismal strikeout rate in his first year as a starter suggested that he'd have a hard time lasting another season in the rotation in 2008, but he was able to improve for the Cardinals, finishing 12-14 with a 4.16 ERA. That's enough to insert him into the Jason Marquis class of starters and potentially land him another three-year deal as a free agent. The top teams probably won't be after him, but clubs looking for a guy to eat innings could see considerable value in his durability. It'd be for the best if he stays in the NL.
Previous prediction: Nationals - three years, $21 million
New prediction: Reds - three years, $21 million
They also have the Reds in on Oliver Perez and Jon Garland. No thanks on Garland and Looper. Perez has great stuff but is inconsistent and will demand too much money. I'd rather go after a guy like Randy Wolf.