- Buster Olney, Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
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.