The Diamondbacks are looking for a pitcher, but reportedly only have about four million dollars left to spend. The Diamondbacks would like to add a pitcher that could fill in at the bottom of the rotation, but need a cheap upgrade. Here are a couple guys they could go after:
Kris Benson, Free Agent: Kris Benson told me in December that he was healthy, but plans to be on a slower throwing program as a precaution. He is throwing for teams in the next week and will likely sign a minor league deal. While he is a risk, he could give you 9 or 10 wins.
Mark Mulder, Free Agent: Mulder said his arm is the best it has ever felt and has been training in Arizona, which means he could work year long with his trainer if needed.
Rich Hill, Cubs: The Cubs will try and trade Rich Hill, but will probably wait to see if they designate him for assignment. If that happens, they could pick him up and see if a change of scenery will turn his struggling career around.
Michael Bowden, Red Sox: The Red Sox will probably have to deal Miguel Montero for him, but after signing Chris Snyder to an extension, he is expendable. Adding Bowden and a free agent under four million dollars annually would really improve their pitching.
Feel free to leave any other options you think would work.
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