A few corrections:
Darrell May was outrighted to AAA by the Padres, who obtained him in a trade with the Royals. He's due 3.2 million in '05.
Well, that changes a few things. 3.2 million is a little more than I'd like to pay. I still think May could be a decent pickup, especially since Hernandez might be hurt, Redding might be traded, Duckworth might be Duckworth, and that leaves Pete Murno and the batboy as our 4th and 5th starters.
Roger Clemens and Lance Berkman both filed for salary arbitration. If Clemens decides to return, he's a lock to get at least as much money as Greg Maddux did in '04 (12 million or so), and Berkman is due a raise from the 6.5 million he made in '04.
Ezequiel Astacio has had an awesome winter season; he was named rookie of the year, and went 4-0 with an ERA below 2.00. I wonder if we're considering him as the 5th starter?