Pitching pickings slim
With Jon Lieber and Jason Jennings signing, the thin starting pitching free agent class is a bit thinner.
Let's see: Kyle Lohse, Livan Hernandez, Josh Fogg, Freddy Garcia, Bartolo Colon, Kris Benson, Brett Tomko and Steve Trachsel are still out there.
Signing any of them isn't going to cause a rush on the ticket window at Great American.
I think Lohse will be too expensive. I wouldn't sign Garcia or Colon because of health issues. Signing a veteran who's not ready on Opening Day defeats the purpose because you'd have to begin the year with one of the young pitchers in the rotation any way.
That leaves Hernandez, Benson, Fogg, Tomko and Trachsel. Benson has healthy issues of his own, but he's thrown for scouts and is apparently healthy. Fogg, who went, 10-9 with 4.94 ERA for Colorado has the best numbers of the bunch.
I know the answer but I'll ask anyway: Would you sign any of the above, or go with the young guys?