The free-agent market for the 2013 season is jam-packed with well over 40 starting pitchers, with several others who have club options. Some will be picked up and others will be sharply declined, allowing even more pitchers to hit the open market.
There are several teams that are desperate for starting pitching. The Cubs, Yankees, Angels, Red Sox and many other large-market teams are looking to add depth to their starting rotation for 2013.
Smaller-market teams like the Blue Jays, A's, Rockies, Diamondbacks and Royals, who are looking to compete in 2013, will also be in the mix to try to land a top-of-the-rotation starter to improve their ballclub.
There are many starting pitchers to choose from this offseason, and here are the top five pitchers available once the free-agent market opens up for the 2013 season.