Ranking of the top 10 starting pitchers

Ranking of the top 10 MLB free starting pitchers Originally appeared NBC Sports Boston

The 2022-23 MLB season could be an eventful event for teams looking to start playing.

Many star bowlers can opt out of their existing deals and become free agents after this season, including New York Mets shred Jacob DegromAnd the San Francisco Giants Southbow Carlos Rodon, and Houston Astros veteran Justin Verlander. All three are expected to test the open market and win huge contracts.

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with Nathan EvaldiAnd the Michael Washa And the Rich Hill They are also set to become free agents, Boston Red Sox He could be one of the many clubs in the mix for a front-end starter. So, who can they target? Here are the 10 best pitchers that could be available in the MLB free agent market this winter.

1. Jacob Degrom, RHP

age: 34

2023 Player Option: $30.5 million

DeGrom is said to be planning to cancel his $30.5 million deal with the New York Mets for 2023. If he does, he will undoubtedly be the best pitcher available on the open market despite approaching his mid-30s. The only red flag when it comes to signing DeGrom is his injury history as the two-time Cy Young winner has dealt with shoulder, elbow and forearm issues for the past three seasons.

2. Carlos Rodon, LHP

age: 30

2023 Player Option: $22.5 million

Rodon proved his great campaign in 2021 with Chicago White Sox It was no accident. The southpaw team anchored the San Francisco Giants in 2022 and prepared themselves for a big off-season winning day. He is expected to withdraw from his $22.5 million contract.

3. Justin Verlander, RHP

age: 40

2023 Player Option: 25 million dollars

Verlander is expected to pull out of his $25 million deal after it was one of the best stories of the 2022 campaign. The elderly veteran scored a 1.84 league-leading ERA and 0.86 WHIP by 24 starts on his return from Tommy John surgery. He has shown no signs of slowing down in his 17th season in Major League Soccer, and he should be rewarded with a hefty wage this winter.

age: 35

Injuries are par for the course with Kershaw at this point in his Hall of Famer career. But he’s enjoying another great season in Los Angeles, where he posted a 7-3 record and 2.59 ERA to 16 starts. It would be a shock at this point if he signed with a team other than Dodgers.

age: 34

2023 Mutual Option: 19 million dollars

Bassett is expected to turn down his $19 million mutual option after enjoying a solid debut season with the Mets. He has to be a coveted arm this season as he has proven his ability to promote well in a big market.

age: 29

2023 club option: 15 million dollars

There is no doubt that Severino’s injury history will affect him Yankees‘The decision to exercise this right-hand club’s option is out of season. Given Severino’s return for the 2022 season and his track record when he was healthy, it would be a surprise if New York didn’t bring him back for 2023.

age: 41

Wainwright continues to challenge Father Time. The three-time All-Star has been one of St. Louis’s most reliable arms and is a staple of the club, so it’s hard to imagine him in a new kit next season.

8. Nathan Evaldi, RHP

age: 33

Injuries have been a problem for Evaldi throughout his career, including the 2022 season. Having said that, he can stabilize the staff when he’s healthy. He showed that in 2021 with the Red Sox when he finished fourth in the Cy Young vote. Don’t be surprised if Boston, slender in the off-season promotion division, is looking to bring Eovaldi back for at least another year.

age: 39

2023 club option: 20 million dollars

Morton has the things to keep promoting well into his forties, but that $20 million price tag for 2023 could be too high for the Atlanta Braves. If they turn down Morton’s option, it won’t take long for the two-time world champion to find a new home.

10. Noah Sendergaard, RHP

age: 30

It’s fair to say that Syndergaard’s days as a true Cy Young candidate are long overdue. The former Mets star remains a solid arm in the middle of the spin, but he hasn’t looked like “Thor” since 2018. Another one-year deal that “proves it” may be better for Sendergaard in this off-season as he looks to recover after a lackluster year at Anaheim and Philadelphia.