It's October, which means while some teams are gearing up for a World Series run, most of the league is now entering the offseason and many great pitchers will be available in the free-agent market.
We've seen how much pitching can impact games in the last few years, and it's apparent that having a solid ace is as important as any position in the game at the moment.
Could there be a Justin Verlander in this free-agent market who is set to bring Cy Youngs or World Series titles to his team? Only time will tell, but it's sure shaping up to be a dazzling market for teams that are interested in investing in pitching.
Let's take a look at the best and most dangerous free agents available in the market, and the most likely destination for them to land.
There aren't many people out there who doubt the fact that Zack Greinke is the most talented pitcher available this offseason.
His Cy Young speaks for itself, and he added another impressive campaign in 2012 with a 15-5 record to go along with a 3.48 ERA. He also pitched more than 200 innings, which shows his durability and proves that teams bidding for him won't be spending their money on unused talent.
Greinke will be a major boost to any team he signs with, and it's expected that teams like the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels will be in the running considering their need for solid pitching.
After the disappointing ending to the 2012 season and many questions about their pitching staff, adding a stud like Greinke would be big for the Rangers.
Prediction: Texas Rangers
Starting pitcher Kyle Lohse has been one of the major cogs to the playoff run of the St. Louis Cardinals, and he proves that on a night-in and night-out basis.
Lohse went 16-3 through the regular season, and is heading for the free-agent market this offseason. It's unclear how long it'll be until Lohse begins testing the market, considering his team is still alive in the NLCS, but he'll surely want to get prices from multiple teams if he continues his blistering 2012 campaign.
There's no doubt that Lohse will be in for a pay raise, despite making $12 million this past season. If the Cardinals are smart enough to realize his worth to the team, they'll find a way to make a big-time deal to keep one of their aces.
Prediction: St. Louis Cardinals
Chicago White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy isn't sure to be a free agent, but it's highly likely because the White Sox are unlikely to exercise their club option on his $22 million deal, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
With that said, it's looking like the 31-year-old would be one of the most talented pitchers on the market.
Peavy has proved to be one of the most consistent pitchers in the game. You may not get a Cy Young-worthy season from him, but he's sure to finish in the top 10 in most, if not all, of the major statistical categories.
The Los Angeles Dodgers should be in the running for solid pitching, and this veteran could be just the answer for this Dodgers team that is on the way up in the American League.
Prediction: Los Angeles Dodgers
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