Fits for remaining pitching bargains
Three inexpensive arms that could help teams contend next season
Masahiro Tanaka has the attention of nearly every team in Major League Baseball right now. Not every franchise is going to bid on Rakuten's ace, but interest in him is so high that it has essentially shut down the market for other starting pitchers as well, as free agents like Ervin Santana, Matt Garza and Ubaldo Jimenez are waiting until Tanaka signs so they can market themselves as a Plan B to the teams who fell short in the bidding war.
The trickle-down effect has basically pushed back the market for starting pitchers, so even though we're only a few months from spring training, there are still some interesting pitchers left unsigned. And the good news is there are even some pitchers who won't break the bank. Even teams that are dealing with tight budgets could still add a quality arm by looking beyond Tanaka and the rest.
Here are three pitchers who are likely going to sign for a fraction of what the top pitchers get this winter, but could be perfect fits for teams looking to add quality innings without spending an arm and a leg.
Perfect fit: Seattle Mariners
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