This year there seems to be many of those risky pitchers that have some injury history but have put up some good numbers in the past. Three names come to mind. Brandon Webb, Chris Young, and Rich Harden. All 3 are very similar. They are within one year of each other (29-30 years old) strike out a lot of people and are all 1 pitch away from not pitching again the rest of the season. But this is who the Royals need, a guy who has been good and maybe just a little unlucky with injuries. Sign him cheap, sell high.
A quick look at the stats.
Chris Young: The Good: Came back this year and pitched 4 great starts with 20 IP had a 0.9 ERA. Has a career 3.80 ERA and a WHIP of 1.21.
The Bad: Hasn't pitched more than 20 games in a season in 3 years. Last year posted a 5.21 ERA in 14 starts.
Brandon Webb: The Good: Had been healthy for 6 years in a row. Two years removed from a 22-7 3.3 ERA 1.2 WHIP season. A former Cy Young winner.
The Bad: Pitched 1 game in two seasons. Fastball was clocked at 83 MPH in October during rehab games.
Rich Harden: The Good: Incredible SO stuff. Had a 1.77 ERA with half a season with the Cubs in 2008. Only once has had a lossing record.
The Bad: Hasn't pictched more than 150 innings but once in his career (2004). Had a 5.58 ERA with Texas in 20 games.
Overall you have interesting cases with each player. Webb is the best pitcher but has been out the longest. Young has crazy stuff, but can't stay healthy and Harden is coming off the worst season of his career. Are these guys worth a chance and if so, for how much?