Buyer's guide: Starting pitchers
Breaking down the hurlers to target and those to avoid at all costs
As I have in previous years, I'm going through position groups to provide a look at where teams will find value (and where they won't) this offseason in free agency. I will also discuss some interesting trade targets.
Behind The Dish with Keith Law
Keith Law chats with super-agent Scott Boras about the clients he has on the free agent market this offseason. Plus, Buster Olney on how qualifying offers impact free agency.
A look at starting pitchers market kicks off the series for 2013.
The starting pitching market this year has a number of free agents coming off years marred by injuries who project much better if they're healthy in 2014 and beyond.
Tim Hudson, RHP (Free-agent ranking: 21): Hudson was having another solid year with that ground balls-and-strikes formula before a grisly ankle injury in late July ended his season. His age is a concern, and his fastball has started to lose a little velocity, but at 38 years old and coming off that injury he's unlikely to be looking for a long-term deal.
He's a mid-rotation starter with the potential to pitch like a No. 2 for a time, and a fit for any club with solid infield defense.
For Keith Law's full breakdown of the best and worst starting pitchers on the free-agent market, become an Insider today.
MORE MLB HEADLINES
- Yankees get 3B Headley in trade with Padres
- Angels won't limit ace Richards' workload
- Ryu, Dodgers 1st to have 3 11-game winners
- Jones' 2 homers power Orioles past Angels
MOST SENT STORIES ON ESPN.COM
MLB ON ESPN.COM
The Cubs are at the top of Keith Law's list of the top five minor league farm systems.