- Buster Olney, Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
Aroldis Chapman is the Bigfoot of baseball. There have been reported sightings, in international play, and in those brief glimpses talent evaluators have seen a lefthander with a monstrous fastball who could seemingly leave his footprint all over the major leagues. But team officials need verification that Chapman really exists as a Grade A talent before they'll dive into megamillion-dollar contract talks. And let's face it: If he's really that good, big-money clubs like the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Angels will lead the bidding, anyway. Other teams will have to scour what appears to be an ugly free-agent pitching market. Here are the hurlers who will draw the most interest this offseason.
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Buster Olney examines the best pitchers that will be available after the 2009 season and comes back with Rich Harden, John Lackey, Erik Bedard, Tim Hudson and others.