The best of the 'undrafted' starting pitchers

Updated: March 3, 2011, 2:00 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
From time to time, people will exaggerate to prove a point. For instance, someone might exclaim that a double play they just saw was the greatest double play ever, or they'll preach that the Phillies' aces will combine for 80 wins (take the under). Well, the other day I was doing a radio interview, and while waxing poetic about how deep starting pitching is in fantasy baseball this season, I happened to mention I could probably build a decent rotation from the free-agent wire post-draft. OK, strong statement aside, is this actually true?

After doing a little more research, I learned that I wasn't really off-base with the above comment, not that I would recommend that course of action. Obviously there aren't any statistical anchors still available after the top 250 players or so, but it seems every year I write a blog about people foolishly avoiding Chicago White Sox lefty Mark Buehrle, when all he does is win … and now I see a lot more pitchers like Buehrle out there.