MLB: After E-Rod, Syndergaard and Berríos signings, pitcher market heats up

The first high-profile free agent found a new home on Monday, when a source reported that the Detroit Tigers have agreed for five years and 77 million dollars with the Venezuelan left-hander Eduardo Rodríguez. After the signing of the Venezuelan, the hiring followed of Noah Syndergaard with the Los Angeles Angels and the renewal of José Berríos with the Toronto Blue Jays for large amounts of money

Although starting pitching is always a valuable resource, other intriguing alternatives are available on the free market by now. Left-hander Robbie Ray and right-hander Kevin Gausman are projected to land the best deals in terms of money, while teams looking to invest big with shorter deals would seek to enlist the services of Max Scherzer, Clayton Kershaw or Justin. Verlander.

For clubs looking for rising pitchers like Rodriguez, right-hander Jon Gray could stand out as an alternative. The right-hander has shown an interesting repertoire and several teams would be optimistic about what he could do with a change of scenery, after pitching his entire career for the Rockies at Coors Field. Also, since it was not the case with Rodriguez, the squad signing Gray – who did not receive a qualified offer from Colorado – will not be required to award a draft selection as compensation.

Other clubs eager to reinforce pitching would focus on the exchange market, where Atléticos (Francelis Montás, Chris Bassitt, Sean Manaea) and Rojos (Luis Castillo, Sonny Gray, Tyler Mahle) would be among the teams willing to make trades this winter.

Gabriel Delgado

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MLB: After E-Rod, Syndergaard and Berríos signings, pitcher market heats up