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Kings of Command: Under-the-radar pitchers

Updated: February 18, 2009, 10:20 AM ET
By Tristan H. Cockcroft | ESPN.com

Don't overpay for pitching.

You'll read that countless times on our pages, and I've stressed it for years. Pitching, simply put, is more volatile than hitting. Pitchers are more prone to injury than hitters; their sample sizes are smaller and therefore more susceptible to random variances; and they're so very dependent on the quality of the defense behind them.

For that reason, I've always found it a smarter tactic to invest the bulk of your pitching budget on bargain/breakout ...

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