Among the biggest of fish now appears to be right-hander Justin Duchscherer, who tells MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli that he's already thrown for five teams and is scheduled to throw a bullpen for the Orioles on Friday.
Duchscherer, 33, was limited to five starts last season before undergoing a hip surgery. He missed all of 2009 due to shoulder and back injuries. He was 10-8 with a 2.54 ERA in 22 starts for the A's in 2008, his first season as a full-time starter. From 2004-07, he was 19-14 with a 2.94 ERA in 188 games.
"Honestly, I feel like I've proven when I'm healthy I'm a very good Major League pitcher," Duchscherer said. "The only thing I have to prove is I can do it over the long term. My first two years in the big leagues as a reliever [with Oakland] I think I threw the second-most innings. I just what to get back to that where I'm healthy and I'm feeling like that."
Duchscherer said he wants to start -- "I haven't even thought of being a reliever," he said.
In addition to the Orioles, he could also be a fit for the Yankees, Pirates, Nationals and Indians, all looking for starters. The Red Sox have also expressed interest in him.
There has been speculation about Duchscherer and his ability to pitch in New York because he was treated for depression when he was injured in 2009.
"I find it funny that people say I can't pitch in that environment, but I've pitched in New York before," Duchscherer said. "As far as my mind, I have no problem being anywhere. Physically it's a matter of what's the best situation for me."
It's unlikely Duchscherer would be the first player to be treated for depression and play in big, bad New York, but he'd likely be the first to be open about it.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans