The best alternative to Greinke

Sorting through the options to find the next best thing

Updated: December 5, 2012, 4:26 PM ET
By Paul Swydan | FanGraphs

Edwin JacksonAP Photo/Patrick SemanskyJackson has been traded so often that it's hard to trust him.

A bunch of starting pitchers have already left the market. Dan Haren is the latest, but before him, Hiroki Kuroda, Jeremy Guthrie, Hisashi Iwakuma, Scott Baker, Bartolo Colon, Scott Feldman, Jason Marquis and Andy Pettitte were all snapped up, and the Los Angeles Dodgers won the rights to negotiate with Ryu Hyun-jin.

Now, with Zack Greinke seemingly having narrowed his choices down to the Dodgers and Texas Rangers, the top pitcher on the market is also as good as gone. So who is the next-best option out there?