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Mets Re-Sign Oliver Perez

The numbers: three years, $36 million, according to the New York Post. A shorter deal than Perez would have liked, but one that will allow him to re-enter free agency again at the age of 30, still in his prime.

So here is the Mets' projected rotation, not necessarily in this order:

LHP Johan Santana
LHP Oliver Perez
RHP Mike Pelfrey
RHP John Maine
RHP Tim Redding or RHP Freddy Garcia

For comparison's sake, here is the projected rotation for the rival Phillies:

LHP Cole Hamels
RHP Brett Myers
LHP Jamie Moyer
RHP Joe Blanton
RHP Kyle Kendrick or RHP Chan Ho Park

And here is the Atlanta Braves':

RHP Derek Lowe
RHP Javier Vazquez
RHP Jair Jurrjens
RHP Kenshin Kawakami
RHP Jorge Campillo or LHP Tom Glavine

How would you rank those rotations, best to worst? I'd probably rank them in the exact order presented: Mets, Phillies, Braves.

By Dave Sheinin  |  February 2, 2009; 3:05 PM ET
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Ranking them is tough, since all three have pitchers that can either be great, or completely hittable (Myers, Perez, Vasquez).

I think I like the Braves top-bottom the most.

I'll go Braves, Mets, Phillies.

I like Cole Hamels, but I'm not scared of the other four.

For the playoffs I'll definitely follow your Mets, Phils, Braves though. This, of course, assuming the Mets can make it.

Posted by: NattyDelite | February 2, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget the Braves will be getting an in-season boost to the rotation when Hudson returns.

One-two punch I'd give to the Phillies. Myers and Hamels are bad, bad pitchers. Straight filthy.

In terms of all season production, I'd trust the Braves staff to give them the most innings and be solid throughout. The Mets have some young arms that could be great or could be pounded in their next go around, the Phillies are trusting a guy who throws an 80mph fastball as their #3 and a league average pitcher with a high WHIP for a #4.

I'd go Braves, Mets, Phillies ranking 1-5. 1-2 punch I'd go Phillies, Mets, Braves.

Posted by: adampschroeder | February 2, 2009 11:20 PM | Report abuse

I'd go Mets (hard to beat Santana and any 4 guys, and the other 4 guys are pretty good), Phils (might have put them first but the Moyer phenomenon is likely to go south at some point and Park/Kendrick is a bit shaky compared to the innings eaters the Mets have) and Braves (Vazquez can be awful and Kawakami is just a big question mark). Truth is, I think that Fish may quietly have the best starters in the NL east:


Posted by: dfh123 | February 3, 2009 8:56 AM | Report abuse

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