- Buster Olney, Senior Writer, ESPN Insider
Baseball executives expect the posting fee for Japan’s Masahiro Tanaka -- just the cost to start negotiating a contract with him -- to go way beyond previous records. Because Matt Garza is not attached to draft-pick compensation, he’s going to cost upwards of $50 million. Teams could pursue Ubaldo Jimenez or Ervin Santana, two of the better starting pitchers in the free-agent market, but signing either will cost you a draft pick.
These prices at the top of the market are why a lot of the early offseason conversation is being generated around the pitchers who can be signed for fewer years, and for less money -- such as these 10, among others.
1. Bronson Arroyo: His 37th birthday is in February, but there have been no signs that his trend of taking the ball every fifth day will stop any time soon.
12dJeff Banister, Special to ESPN.com
13dBrayan Pena, Special to ESPN.com
16dMatt Buschmann, Special to ESPN.com