As far as the Tigers are concerned, Freddy Garcia was not on the roster on August 31 and therefore was not eligible for the rankings. Kenny Rogers also failed to qualify for Type B status after struggling down the stretch. Let's take a look at these free agents to see if any are worth signing.
- John Lackey (A): The Angels have an option on him and will probably use it. He's still a very good pitcher and worth persuing if for some reason he's available.
- A.J. Burnett (A): Has an opt-out clause. With all of the injuries in his history, I'd have a hard time giving up the pick and the money for this guy. He's due for a break down.
- Andy Pettite (A): I don't think he'll do anything other than retire or stay with the Yankees. Wouldn't be worth the draft pick at this stage in his career.
- Mike Mussina (A): Had a fine rebound this year. A Hall of Famer in my book, it may be worth seeing if he has anything left in the tank, especially if the Yankees neglect to offer arbitration. Random fact about Mussina, he hasn't walked more than 50 guys in a season since 1999 and the only time he walked more than 60 was 1996.
- Tim Wakefield (B): Has the infinitely recurring option. If the Red Sox let him go, he could be a solid innings eater for a team that needs it. Yes, the Tigers may need it.
- Jon Garland (B): He's been hovering below 5 K/9 the past two years. Honestly, unless the Tigers improve the defense, this is a disaster waiting to happen. On a cheap short term deal? Sign him. If he wants more than 2/$10M, no way.
- Paul Byrd (B): Like Garland, only worse. The only benefit to signing him is that he would never be able to pitch against the Tigers with him on the team.
- Curt Schilling (None): He's dellusional if he thinks he can pitch again. No thanks.
- Kenny Rogers (None): Will either return to the Tigers or retire. Hopefully he retires.
- Bartolo Colon (None): A guy on the rebound, could be worth a shot on a minor league deal.
- Sidney Ponson (None): An awful pitcher and a worse person. Pass
- Carl Pavano (None): Seriously, buy low. He's coming off of Tommy John surgery last year and could be in line for a rebound in '09. It honestly can't hurt.
- Jason Jennings (None): A guy who was a pretty good pitcher before elbow injuries the past two years. If he will agree to a minor league deal in the hope that he recovers to innings eater form, it can't hurt to give him a try.