I can't speak for which free agents will come here. My thoughts on that are that they would all come here if we paid them. In 96/97 our rotation consisted of Mussina, Erickson, Jimmy Key, Scott Kamieniecki and a revolving door for the 5 spot. Out of the pen we had Orosco, Benitez, Rhodes, Randy Meyers. A good mix of youth and veterans, talent from within and from free agency/ trades. What would that rotation cost in todays money??? The answer is way more than we are willing to spend. A young Mussina alone would be a 5year/$100 million type deal. Tampa Bay can contend without buying arms because they scout and develop well. We don't. So the way I see it is we can buy the arms or we can continue to wish and hope that our young pitching all clicks at the same time.
There is a nice list of veterans available this off season that would compliment our struggling youth:
Maine, Buehrle, Duke, Francis, Harden, E. Jackson, Kazmir, oswalt, O. Perez, cj Wilson. Papelbon, broxton, capps, zumaya, prior, Madson.
kinda got away from the topic, yes this probably is the worst season ever in my opinion. I had hope that we would improve on last years record.