It is no secret that good pitching beats good hitting. And when teams are making a run at the World Series they are more concerned with the men on the mound versus the guys at the plate.
This upcoming offseason features some big name free agents. But the big question is will they stay with their current clubs or will they find a new home?
Below is a list of three pitchers that are set to hit the free agent market and the teams that will possibly acquire their services for next year and beyond.
It’s no secret that the Angels plan on doing everything they can to sign Grienke to a long-term deal in the offseason, but what we don’t know is if the feeling is mutual. A former Cy Young award winner, Zach Greinke clearly upgrades any pitching staff in baseball immediately. The Dodgers and Rangers could be landing spots for Greinke as well as the Angels.
The White Sox are not expected to pick up their $22 million club option on Peavy this offseason, so he will definitely draw the interest of some clubs if his price is much more reasonable and affordable. He is another guy that is an automatic upgrade to a pitching staff, but as a solid number 2 guy. The Dodgers, Rangers, and Cardinals could be possible destinations for Peavy next season.
Lohse may be a free agent, but he has certainly found a home in St. Louis – especially coming of a stellar 16-3 season. Expect the Cardinals and Lohse to agree to a new deal sooner rather than later if the price is right – securing No. 26 in the rotation for the next few years. Bottom line, Lohse doesn’t going anywhere, but then again, St. Louis could let him walk if his number is out of reach. If that happens, the Phillies, Mets and Braves may interested in signing him.
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