Who Are the Best Free Agent Starting Pitchers?
Image courtesy of Peter Aiken, USA TodayTrevor Bauer is in a tier on his own, but things start to get interesting after that. It doesn’t take long before the lines are blurry enough to not feel particularly strong about one pitcher versus the next. I think that’s exactly why things have been so slow.
I put every starting pitcher on MLB Trade Rumors’ free agent list into a tier in the video below, discussed my rationale behind the rankings and then circled back for a Twins-focused overview.
This Twins front office has had success on the trade market, acquiring Kenta Maeda and Jake Odorizzi before that, so I fully expect them to explore that route. Regardless, it seems like a safe bet the Twins are going to sign at least one of these free agent starters.
In case you missed any of the previous transactions, here are the contracts signed by free agent starting pitchers so far this offseason:
- Charlie Morton to Atlanta for one year, $15 million.
- Drew Smyly to Atlanta for one year, $11 million.
- Corey Kluber to the Yankees for one year, $11 million.
- Mike Minor to Kansas City for two years, $18 million.
- Robbie Ray to Toronto for one year, $8 million.
- Anthony DeSclafani to San Francisco for one year, $6 million.
- Martin Perez to Boston for one year, $5 million.
- Jose Urena to Detroit for one year, $3.25 million.
- Kohei Arihara to Texas for two years, $6.2 million.
- Alex Wood to San Francisco for one year, $3 million.
- Michael Wacha to Tampa Bay for one year, $3 million.
- Chris Flexen to Seattle for two years, $4.75 million.
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