After catching a few innings of Rodrigo Lopez the other night, I decided to do a search on available pitchers for the 2012 season.

I think most of us can agree that the Cubs starting pitching is a weakness to describe it kindly.   The bigger problem is that we really don’t have any young substantial help in the pipeline, or at least anybody who will contribute next season. 

Starting pitching is important (understatement of the year) and it is one area where I would not mind seeing the Cubs make a few big signings in the coming years.   In other words, if they have money to spend…..SPEND IT ON PITCHING!!!!!

Below is a list of available starting pitchers who will be free agents in 2012.  This list comes courtesy of Cot’s Contracts.  It’s a great site for all sorts of contract information.

 * means player or team has an option for 2012

Mark Buehrle CWS
Chris Carpenter STL * (Re-upped)
Bruce Chen KC
Aaron Cook COL *
Kyle Davies KC
Ryan Dempster CHC *
Justin Duchscherer OAK
Zach Duke ARI *
Jeff Francis KC
Freddy Garcia NYY
Jon Garland LAD *
Aaron Harang SD
Rich Harden OAK
Livan Hernandez WAS
Edwin Jackson CWS
Kenshin Kawakami ATL
Scott Kazmir LAA
Hiroki Kuroda LAD
Rodrigo Lopez CHC
Paul Maholm PIT
John Maine COL
Jason Marquis WAS
Kevin Millwood NYY
Scott Olsen PIT *
Roy Oswalt PHI *
Brad Penny DET
Oliver Perez NYM
Joel Pineiro LAA
CC Sabathia NYY (has an opt out)
Carlos Silva NYY
Javier Vazquez FLA
Adam Wainwright STL *
Tim Wakefield BOS
Chien-Ming Wang WAS
Brandon Webb ARI
C.J. Wilson TEX
Chris Young NYM

So, without further ado, what do you guys think of the free agent market for pitchers next season?  Their are a few on this list that I would not mind having in Cubbie Blue.

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Chet West is an IT professional living in Minneapolis, MN with his wife and two daughters. He has a pug named Banks and loves photography. Follow him on Twitter @chetwest19