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Free agency is the time where your team can hit the reset button while making a big splash with a big name, but it's also the time many franchises are fooled. There are some options out there that may seem intriguing for whatever reason, but they must be avoided at all cost. Here are three free agent pitchers you want your team to avoid this offseason.
3. Ervin Santana
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He is not the same pitcher that he was in 2017 when he snuck into the All-Star game. All Santana did this season was prove he doesn't have that kind of stuff. Santana dealt with injuries and only pitched five games last season where he managed to post an ERA over eight in just five games. Santana will be 36 and coming off a terrible year with injury issues. That's a recipe to avoid a player.
2. Matt Harvey
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Matt Harvey had a .500 record with the Cincinnati Reds while posting an ERA of 4.50 during that span. That somehow was a massive improvement during his last couple of years with the Mets. He's simply not the Dark Knight or any sort of superhero like he once seemed to be. He managed to pitch better in Cincinnati and it might be in his best interest to remain there. Any big market team should steer clear until he proves he can be a consistently effective pitcher once again.
1. Drew Pomeranz
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Don't let his World Series ring fool you. Any Red Sox fan would be happy to give him away for free after this year. Pomeranz tricked the Red Sox into trading for him at the deadline in 2016 and he's been abysmal ever since. He lowered his own bar somehow last year with a 6.08 ERA and a 2-6 record while having the best offense in baseball. He posted a negative WAR last season, proving that almost any option is better than him.
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