So the Royals have won the World Series, and they’re having a blast celebrating. Let them have their fun, as they deserved it. However the owner and general manager of the Royals still have a job to do, as do the rest of the 29 teams in MLB. They have to prepare for the winter meetings and the incoming firestorm that is free agency. So now the question is this: Who are the top free agents? Well that’s fairly simple. It’s basically the entire pitching market. You have Zack Greinke, David Price, Johnny Cueto, etc. The list goes on and on and on. There really aren’t any position players that stand out, so this is going to be the year of the pitcher. Lets look at the three players I mentioned earlier. Keep in mind that I will also give a rough estimate of what they could get in terms of their contract. Buckle up because these salaries will be outrageous.
David Price: Here is the cream of the pitching crop. David Price is young, a left-handed pitcher, and one of the most dominating pitchers in MLB. He was traded from the Detroit Tigers to the Toronto Blue Jays in hopes that the Blue Jays could reach deep into the playoffs. Well they almost accomplished that, going as far as the American League Championship Series. In his eight year career, Price is 104-56 with an ERA of 3.09. He has won the Cy Young award, doing so in 2012 with a 20-5 record with an ERA of 2.56. There are several different teams that are looking to get him, including but not limited to the Cubs, Dodgers, Blue Jays, and Yankees. He should get a huge contract, at about 6 years and worth over $180 million. Whoever gets this pitcher will easily win the Free Agent Sweepstakes.
Zack Greinke: If teams can’t get Price, then you can bet any dollar amount that they will target Greinke. The 12-year veteran had perhaps his best season of his career, going 19-3 with an ERA of 1.66. He actually opted out of his contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, which if he had stayed he would have had at least $71 million left. So he’s leaving a large sum of money on the table, but will easily surpass that. His contract should easily surpass 5 years and worth about $140 million. Not bad for a 32 year old pitcher who surpassed Clayton Kershaw on the Dodgers this season. Like Price, Greinke is a former Cy Young winner, and could actually win another this season, depending on if the writers agree on him or Jake Arrieta of the Cubs. Some teams that should be in the running for Greinke include those that cannot get David Price. So only time will tell on who can sign Greinke. As a side note, Greinke has completely dominated in the National League, going an absurd 76-24 with an ERA of 2.75. National League hitters should breathe a sigh of relief if he decides to sign with an American League team.
Johnny Cueto: He finally won a World Series! Now Cueto has to decide whom he will sign with. Cueto has had tremendous success with the Cincinnati Reds and his half a season with the Royals. But he is looking at a payday, and he should. Cueto has been one of the most consistent pitchers when healthy. Cueto should easily get about 5 years and $100 million. He’s so low on the money (but not really) because he does have some injury concerns. He will get his team at least 15 wins and 32 starts. Teams that should go after him include the Dodgers, Royals, and Blue Jays. Maybe even the Reds. All in all, get ready for an incredible offseason.