Top Ten 2014 MLB Free Agent Pitchers
It may be only mid-November but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to talk baseball. Especially for those of us who’s NFL team (ahem … Chicago Bears) is already out of the playoff hunt. With the free agency period already underway and a plethora of big name bats and arms available this is an exciting time for many baseball fans. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the top free agent pitchers and hitters available in this year’s crop of free agents and where they may land.
2014 Free Agent Pitchers
1. Max Scherzer – Scherzer is one of the best pitchers in the and recently turned $144 over 6 years to remain with the Detroit Tigers. With a high price tag you would figure he will be on the radar for the big spending teams with a need like the Yankees, Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Angels and even the Texas Rangers.
2. Jon Lester – Jon Lester was traded near the deadline from the Red Sox to the Oakland A’s. Despite that the Red Sox are considered one of the top contenders for his services as are the Chicago Cubs. Expect some interest from the Yankees as well.
3. James Shields – Big game James probably has less talent than Scherzer or Lester but Sheilds has proven to be more durable. The Cubs and former manager Joe Maddon will obviously be linked to this ace but expect a lot of teams to be interested once the bigger chips fall. The Tampa Bay Rays could also end up retaining him as fans are reeling following the loss of their personable manager.
4. Ervin Santana – After the top 3, there is a huge drop off with Santana. Ervin is certainly a top of the rotation starter but far from an Ace.
5. David Robertson – The Yankees reliever turned in an outstanding 2014 but Robertson doesn’t have a long track record that indicates he would be a safe investment. Nonetheless, Robertson is sure to get a lucrative contract offer from someone – most likely New York.
6. Francisco Liriano – Liriano seemed to put it all together last season with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He turned down a qualifying offer to stay a Pirate so that must mean there are some big bucks out there for him.
7. Edinson Volquez – Edinson is the pitcher that no one is talking about who could land a nice deal this off season. He certainly has the stuff to be a fixture at the top of the rotation but he yet to put together a full season.
8. Brandon McCarthy – McCarthy is a solid and dependable left-handed starter. That means he should have earned himself a pretty substantial contract after a solid 2014 season with the New York Yankees.
9. Andrew Miller – Andrew Miller really made a name for himself after his arrival in Baltimore with the Orioles. He has nasty stuff and just about every team can use bullpen help. Again, his lack of a track record may prevent him from pulling in the big big bucks but some will likely be willing to take a gamble on him.
10. Jason Hammel – The former Cubs sign and flip project is back on the market following a nice 2014 campaign spent with the Cubs and A’s. He should do well for himself and a solid middle or the rotation arm. Again, the Cubs have been seriously linked to him.
Honorable Mentions: Jake Peavy, Sergio Romo, Francisco Rodriguez, Ryan Vogelsong, Hiroki Kuroda, Luke Gregerson, Rafael Soriano