Did a google search on his contract status. Copy/paste from rotoworld.com:
7/21/2008: Signed a three-year, $1.760 million contract. The deal included a $610,000 signing bonus. 2009: $385,000, 2010: $470,000, 2011: Restricted Free Agent
If this is correct, I say we make him the starter for 2010 at the chicken feed due under his current contract. But it should be made perfectly clear by the organization, "if your play in 2010 matces or exceeds that of the last half 2009, the you sir shall be greatly rewarded."