Top 10 remaining MLB Free Agents: Where does pitching market now stand?

MLB insider Jon Paul Morosi discusses 3 free agent pitchers that Blue Jays fans should keep an eye on, including Josh Lindblom, who's been dominating in Korea the last two seasons, and is ready to return to the majors.

The starting pitchers are beginning to drop in MLB free agency.

Yes, this winter seems to be flowing a little more quickly than last year with several names from our last list already off the market.

But many of the top options still remain available despite recent signings for Zack Wheeler, Jake Odorizzi, Cole Hamels and Kyle Gibson.

Here are the top 10 remaining free agent pitchers on the market:

1. Gerrit Cole

Position: Right-handed starter
Age: 29
2019 stats: 20-5 | ERA: 2.50 | IP: 212.1 | WHIP: 0.89 | SO: 326 | BB: 48
Former team: Houston Astros
Potential fits: Angels, Yankees, Dodgers

Cole, not surprisingly, is taking his time this off-season under super-agent Scott Boras and is waiting out a mega offer from one of the heavy hitters in MLB. His post-season performance for the ages over five starts set him apart as the top name on the board. He was a strikeout machine during the 2019 regular season, leading MLB with 326. He still appears to have a good chance of passing David Price’s $217 million contract and setting a new record for pitchers.

2. Stephen Strasburg

Position: Right-handed starter
Age: 31
2019 stats: 18-6 | ERA: 3.32 | IP: 209.0 | WHIP: 1.04 | SO: 251 | BB: 56
Former team: Washington Nationals
Potential fits: Nationals, Dodgers, Padres, Yankees

Strasburg, also represented by Boras, is most likely also waiting for more dominoes to fall before he signs. The 31-year-old is coming off the best statistical regular season of his career and also had an outstanding playoffs.

3. Madison Bumgarner

Position: Left-handed starter
Age: 30
2019 stats: 9-9 | ERA: 3.90 | IP: 207.2 | WHIP: 1.13 | SO: 203 | BB: 43
Former team: San Francisco Giants
Potential fits: Twins, Rangers, Padres

Bumgarner isn’t the same pitcher who dominated MLB from 2013 to ’16 when he had four straight all-star appearances, but he would still make a great starting option for many teams. Clubs who miss out on Cole or Strasburg are most likely slotting “Mad Bum” as their Plan B. His hitting ability may make him best-suited for a National League team.

4. Hyun-jin Ryu

Position: Left-handed starter
Age: 32
2019 stats: 14-5 | ERA: 2.32 | IP: 182.2 | WHIP: 1.01 | SO: 163 | BB: 24
Former team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Potential fits: Dodgers, Angels, Padres, Rangers

Ryu was dynamite for the Dodgers this season, leading MLB with a 2.32 ERA while striking out a career-high 163 batters. Is he getting better with age? Those 2019 numbers certainly suggest as much.

5. Dallas Keuchel

Position: Left-handed starter
Age: 31
2019 stats: 8-8 | ERA: 3.75 | IP: 112.2 | WHIP: 1.37 | SO: 91 | BB: 39
Former team: Atlanta Braves
Potential fits: Rangers, Braves, Angels, Twins

Keuchel played catch up this past season before putting together another strong year. He can still be a great innings eater for any team and is no longer tied to the qualifying offer that limited his leverage a year ago.

6. Dellin Betances

Position: Right-handed reliever
Age: 31
2019 stats: 0-0 | ERA: 0.00 | IP: 0.2 | WHIP: 0.00 | SO: 2 | BB: 0
Former team: New York Yankees
Potential fits: Astros, Cubs, Yankees

A partial tear in his left Achilles tendon limited Betances to just one game in 2019, but he has previously appeared in four all-star games while picking up saves in all of his full-time MLB seasons.

7. Wade Miley

Position: Left-handed starter
Age: 33
2019 stats: 14-6 | ERA: 3.98 | IP: 167.1 | WHIP: 1.34 | SO: 140 | BB: 61
Former team: Houston Astros
Potential fits: Reds, Blue Jays, Rangers

Miley’s 2019 overall was solid despite a rough September where he got shelled in a few of his appearances and a lone post-season performance where he gave up a home run in 2 2/3 innings of relief.

8. Tanner Roark

Position: Right-handed starter
Age: 33
2019 stats: 10-10 | ERA: 4.35 | IP: 165.1 | WHIP: 1.40 | SO: 158 | BB: 51
Former team: Oakland Athletics
Potential fits: White Sox, Blue Jays, Twins

Roark has proven to be a dependable arm over the course of his career, with over 30 starts in four straight seasons and five of the last six. At a vulnerable position like starting pitching, having that reliability is a key for any team.

9. Rick Porcello

Position: Right-handed starter
Age: 30
2019 stats: 14-12 | ERA: 5.52 | IP: 174.1 | WHIP: 1.39 | SO: 143 | BB: 45
Former team: Boston Red Sox
Potential fits: White Sox, Blue Jays, Phillies

It’s crazy to think Porcello is only just 30 years old after 11 MLB seasons. Despite a rough-looking ERA in 2019, he can log a lot of innings for any team and has eclipsed 200 on three occasions in his career, most recently in 2017.

10. Michael Pineda

Position: Right-handed starter
Age: 30
2019 stats: 11-5 | ERA: 4.01 | IP: 146 | WHIP: 1.16 | SO: 140 | BB: 28
Former team: Minnesota Twins
Potential fits: Phillies, Blue Jays, Angels

Pineda is starting next season with 36 games remaining on a 60-game suspension handed down in September after testing positive for a banned substance while with the Twins. He was having a solid season before the suspension after missing 2018 with a UCL injury.

Update: Pineda has agreed to return to the Twins on a two-year, $20 million contract, according to multiple reports.

Honourable mention:

Rich Hill (LHP)

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