Big bats headlined the 2012 MLB free-agent class, but in 2013 the power shifts back to the mound.
I mean it really shifts—like a rumbling, tectonic kind of shift.
Cole Hamels, Matt Cain and Zack Greinke—all under 29 and all former All-Stars—could hit the market together. If they do, expect the top three starting pitchers of a single free-agent class to receive somewhere north of $300 million.
As it stands, however, all three are in varying shades of contract negotiation with their current teams. Should two or more ink extensions, 2013 loses its slant and turns into a more balanced class.
For a look at that class, consult the following list. Even without its troika of hurlers, 2013 provides ample intrigue and enough franchise-changing talent to keep hopeful teams right on a-hopin'.
Note: For my "possible destination" designation I excluded the player's current team from consideration. Though I expect a lot of these players will re-up with their current employers, it's a heckuva a lot more fun to imagine them in new uniforms. So that's what I did. Ya dig?