Originally written on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 3/14/12
These days, teams almost always carry a minimum of 11 pitchers.  There have been more and more cases of teams carrying 12 and even 13 pitchers at a time too. The latter seems a bit high for the Mariners, so I’ll stick with 11. These are subject to change due to injury of course. Starting Pitchers 1. Felix Hernandez. Thank God I’m here to tell you that, right? Because you never could have figured it out for yourself… Felix makes over $15 million per year. He is about to turn 26. He has 1,200 career strike outs, and has averaged well over 200 innings the last 6 years. Enough said. 2. Jason Vargas. This 29-year-old is set to make almost $5 million this year. He has quietly ate up almost 400 innings for the M’s the last two seasons with a combined ERA of around 4. His value doesn’t really stem from dominance, wins, or even consistency. However, he is a very reliable inning eater. Vargas is the glue that will hold a good rotation together and every team needs one. His stuff doesn’t ...
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