What to like: Career 3.27 ERA and 9.0 K/9 rate. Consistently good for a long time, and only 28.
What not to like: Pitches in a pitcher-friendly park (3.84 ERA on the road). Hefty salary
Salary: $11M - 2009, $15M - 2010, $16M - 2011, $17M - 2012, $4M buyout for 2013
What to like: 2.48 ERA this year. 8.9 K/9. Was dominant in 2007, his last year with Baltimore. Seattle GM has ties to Milwaukee
What not to like: Injury history. Free agent after 2009. Might be the most sought pitcher in July.
Salary: $7.75M - 2009
What it would take: Jack Z knows the Brewers minor leagues like the back of his hand and would likely target a top prospect or two.
What to like: 2.31 ERA (3.61ERA career). Younger than Tim Lincecum. Inexpensive and signed through 2011.
What not to like: Very average K/9 (6.24) and BB/9 (3.66). 2nd place Giants may not be selling.
Salary: $2.9M - 2009, About $4M for 2010 and $6M for2011
What it would take: Giants need hitters including a 1B. From a position of strength, they would probably seek Prince Fielder
What to like: Strike throwing (11 K/9 2 BB/9) workhorse (9 straight seasons with 32+ GS) is back in the National league where he has had the most success.
What not to like: In 5 AL years before going to Atlanta, had a very mediocre 4.52 ERA. Is 32. Salary
Salary: $11.5M for 2009, and $11.5M for 2010.
What it would take: Atlanta has a surplus of pitchers with Hudson coming back. Need hitters including outfielders. Their good outfielder is RF Jeff Francoeur, but Corey Hart might still be a target. Better trade for the off season when guys can change positions.
Roy Oswalt could be on the move, but I can't imagine that he will be traded within the division