A really, really early look at this winter’s free agent class (for pitchers)

Yesterday, I took a look at the notable names on the free-agent market among position players, so today I’ll finish up our very, very early look-ahead by talking about the pitchers set to hit the open market this winter.

Last year’s class featured two huge names at the top of the list. It was Gerrit Cole, who was coming off an incredible season in which he was the runner up for the American League Cy Young while striking out an obscene 13.8 batters per nine, and Stephen Strasburg, who put together his first fully healthy season in years to help the Nationals win their first-ever World Series.
There aren’t any aces like Cole or Strasburg headlining this year’s free-agent class, but there are still a handful of quality arms set to hit the open market.
In the event of a cancelled season, I think the market for pitchers will take more of a hit than the position players. Teams are already wary of handing out massive contracts to pitchers due to the inherent volatility of the position, so doing so after (possibly) not having seen these guys pitch for over a year will …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

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