A shifting market for pitchers

Updated: May 7, 2013, 12:01 PM ET
By Buster Olney

It's as if somebody is sticking pins into the class of would-be free-agent pitchers:

Roy Halladay: Out indefinitely with a shoulder problem; he'll be examined today. His contract with the Phillies is set to expire this fall.

Gavin Floyd: Out for the year, and maybe for a lot of next year, too.

Josh Johnson: Currently on the disabled list in a season in which it is important for him to show his durability. (And before he went down, he had been struggling.)

Tim Lincecum: His velocity is down, his ERA is up (at 4.41).

Matt Garza: Is still working his way toward his first pitch in a big league game in 2013, after getting hurt on the first day of spring training.

Chris Carpenter: His days as a big league starting pitcher may be over, although he has been working to come back this year in a bullpen role.

What this could mean, of course, is more contractual opportunity for other starting pitchers.