Ken Rosenthal had a very interesting segment in a recent post:
Jon Garland/Doug Davis/Jarrod Washburn — The Brewers almost certainly will sign one of those three; the Mets, Dodgers, Cardinals and Angels could be in the mix for the others, along with the Nationals and Orioles.
At the beginning of the offseason DM promised us 2 new pitchers and with the deferring of the Wolf contract to 2010 to free up $4 million coupled with the slow market for pitchers this offseason it would appear he may hold up to that promise. While all three pitchers are roughly the same in terms of quality and age which one would you want most on the team?
My vote goes to Jon Garland as he is 30 and a RHP (we don't need 3 LHP in our starting pitching) with Washburn second although its clear to see last year was probably the best of his career and at 35 his best is almost certainly behind him though his age and offering him a chance to play close to home could lower the cost compared to the other 2 (he has stated in Fall he wants to end his career with Minnesota or Wisconsin).
Here are some stats:
Jon Garland - 30 yrs old, RHP, 204 IP, 1.40 WHIP, 4.01 ERA (made $6,250,000)
Doug Davis -34 yrs old, LHP, 203.1 IP, 1.5 WHIP, 4.12 ERA (made $8,750,000 in '09)
Jarrod Washburn - 35 yrs old, LHP, 176 IP, 1.19 WHIP, 3.76 ERA (made $9,850,000 in '09)
Here is Hunt's opinion on the subject: Hunt's Article