Starting pitching market

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The Mets need at least one starting pitcher from outside the organization. The free agents include Aaron Harang, Chris Young and Jeff Francis.

With the Mets now acknowledging Johan Santana will not be available at the start of the season, the Mets clearly need to add at least one established starting pitcher from outside the organization, even if Dillon Gee joins Mike Pelfrey, Jon Niese and R.A. Dickey in the rotation.

Here is the list of available free-agent starters, sorted by their 2010 salaries. Remember, Sandy Alderson has indicated the Mets will not be aggressive free-agent bidders, so skip past Cliff Lee, and perhaps some of the other higher-end names.

Jeremy Bonderman, 28, Detroit, $12.5 million

Aaron Harang, 32, Cincinnati, $12.5 million

Kevin Millwood, 35, Baltimore, $12 million

Andy Pettitte, 38, NY Yankees, $11.75 million

Javier Vazquez, 34, NY Yankees, $11.5 million

Ben Sheets, 32, Oakland, $10 million

Brandon Webb, 31, Arizona, $8.5 million

Cliff Lee, 32, Texas, $8 million

Carl Pavano, 34, Minnesota, $7 million

Chris Young, 31, San Diego, $6.25 million

Brad Penny, 32, St. Louis, $6 million

Jeff Francis, 29, Colorado, $5.75 million

Jorge De La Rosa, 29, Colorado, $5.6 million

Jon Garland, 31, San Diego, $4.7 million

Doug Davis, 35, Milwaukee, $4.25 million

Dave Bush, 31, Milwaukee, $4.215 million

Vicente Padilla, 33, LA Dodgers, $4.025 million

Kevin Correia, 30, San Diego, $3.6 million

Justin Duchscherer, 33, Oakland, $1.75 million

Erik Bedard, 31, Seattle, $1.5 million

Freddy Garcia, 34, Chicago Sox, $1 million

Kris Benson, 36, Arizona, $650,000

Bruce Chen, 33, Kansas City, $650,000

Rodrigo Lopez, 34, Arizona, $650,000

Mike Hampton, 38, Arizona, $400,000

Jeff Suppan, 35, St. Louis, $400,000

Meanwhile, remember, that a wave of less-heralded -- and less expensive -- pitchers hits the market on Dec. 2, at the nontender deadline. Basically, those pitchers have between three and six years of major league service time, making them arbitation-eligible, and their clubs do not want to pay those salaries and cut them loose. That's the expected fate of John Maine, who is arbitration-eligible and made $3.2 million this year.

You can follow ESPN's free agent tracker here.