The Boston Red Sox signed David Price to a seven-year, $217 million deal. The Detroit Tigers signed Jordan Zimmermann to a five-year, $110 million deal. Johnny Cueto and Zack Greinke could come off the market any day now. But that’s not who we’re really paying attention to, right?
Wrong. You’re probably being very impatient, waiting on the news on where Cueto and Greinke will eventually sign. You’re probably extra impatient to hear news on the latter.
But we all know you’re interested to see where the next tier of arms end up, along with what contract they’ll get. I’ll rank the following pitchers from lowest predicted contract to the highest:
- Right-handers Doug Fister, Yovani Gallardo, Hisashi Iwakuma, Ian Kennedy, John Lackey, Mat Latos, Mike Leake, Jeff Samardzija, and recently non-tendered Henderson Alvarez.
- Left-handers Wei-Yin Chen and Scott Kazmir.
Most of you can probably guess who will be mentioned first on the next slide. Remember, I’m ranking them from lowest predicted contract to highest. I know you don’t want to click through 11 more slides, so I’ll break them up in groups of four, until the top three come around. Let’s get started.