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LH Free Agent Relievers

Name (Age) Option FA type    IP K/9 BB/9 HR/9 SV FIP
Damaso Marte (34) 6/.25 A 167.0 9.97 3.99 0.65 5 3.23
Brian Fuentes (33) A 185.3 9.86 3.30 0.73 77 3.29
Darren Oliver (38) A 210.0 6.47 2.57 0.99 0 4.07
Alan Embree (39) 3 B 176.7 7.95 3.11 0.76 17 3.42
Dennys Reyes (32) B 121.0 7.51 3.64 0.52 0 3.50
Joe Beimel (32) B 181.0 4.77 3.23 0.40 3 3.64
Brian Shouse (40) B 136.3 5.81 3.04 0.59 5 3.65
Jeremy Affeldt (30) B 229.3 6.63 4.36 0.98 1 4.53
Arthur Rhodes (39) NA 122.3 9.49 4.19 0.29 6 2.69
Will Ohman (31) NA 158.3 9.09 4.09 0.68 2 3.47
Trever Miller (36) 2/.4 NA 136.0 9.26 3.71 0.99 3 3.85
Scott Eyre (37) NA 136.0 9.66 4.76 0.99 0 3.90
Mark Hendrickson (35) NA 417.7 5.84 2.97 1.06 0 4.41
Eddie Guardado (38) NA 104.3 6.73 3.02 1.29 17 4.52
Ron Villone (39) NA 170.3 7.61 5.44 0.95 1 4.63
Horacio Ramirez (29) NA 209.0 3.88 3.44 0.86 0 4.79
Casey Fossum (31) NA 243.7 6.17 3.84 1.33 0 5.23

List courtesy mlbtraderumors.com, stats from fangraphs.com (with some rough calculations by yours truly) (current as of 9/15/08) Special Note: These are Three Year totals and averages.

It seems to be a general consensus that the Cardinals need a left-handed reliever this offseason. I thought I'd list what was available.

If Marte's option is declined, he would certainly be the best "impact" option for next year (although we lose draft picks and he would cost lots of money/years). He would probably be cheaper than Fuentes, because Fuentes is a "closer."

Out of the type B guys, I kind of like Beimel. Seems to be a Duncan-esque pitcher.

And, if Ohman does continue to stay out of the type B range, he does seem to be the best option, though. Solid strikeouts, kind of young. He'll probably cost some money, but we do have some to play with this year.

What does everyone think? Was this post helpful? I was thinking of doing something similar with the MI and SP holes (though it would have to include trade options as well, which would get confusing).

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