When looking at MLB free agents in 2021, it’s important to look at some of the best pitchers who could be available.
After all, it can be hard to find quality arm talent to boost a rotation nowadays.
Let’s take a look at the top-5 free-agent starting pitchers next offseason (in no particular order).
The lefty was 12th in strikeouts last season and compiled 33 starts for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Ray also had an ERA of 4.34 to go along with a 12-8 record.
He will 29-years old when he hits the open market and provide good innings for any MLB team in need of pitching help.
Ray has been a potential trade candidate for the past year and it would make sense to see him in another uniform in 2021.
The right-hander had an ERA of 3.22 last season and gave the New York Mets some nice outings after being acquired from Toronto.
Stroman would be 30-years old when he hits free agency next offseason.
Because of that, teams may have to fork over extra cash in order to take him away from New York.
Stroman has a lot of years left and I could see him getting a mega-deal.
The Cincinnati Reds have some depth in their pitching staff and letting Bauer walk next offseason seems like a reality.
Bauer will also be 30-years old when he hits the open market and he would be a solid top of the rotation arm.
However, the former Cleveland Indian might seem more attractive to clubs because he has a history of taking short-term deals in the MLB.
He may have to do that again after struggling a lot with Cincy last season.
Bauer needs to lower his ERA, which was 4.48 last season.
The right-hander posted 15 wins in 2019 and inked a one-year qualifying offer worth about $18 million back in November to stay in Minnesota.
Odorizzi adds another veteran presence with some success in the MLB.
Aside from a rough July, Odorizzi was really good throughout the entire season.
His best month came in May when he posted a 0.94 ERA. In that month he blanked Detroit in seven innings and allowed only one hit.
Odorizzi also struck out nine batters and surrendered only one hit in 5.1 frames versus the Chicago White Sox.
Tanaka allows his fair share of hits, but he eats innings.
A big question with him has always been his health.
Tanaka will be 32 when he becomes a free agent, but there should still be plenty of takers if the New York Yankees decide to pass on the idea of bringing him back.
I can’t expect a huge contract for Tanaka, but he should find a home easily.
Last year, Tanaka had 31 starts and only allowed 40 walks in 182 innings pitched.
These MLB starting pitchers should find homes next offseason without a hiccup, so let the speculation begin.
What do you make of the pitchers on this list? Leave a comment below.
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