With the winter meetings approaching, there will undoubtedly be many conversations about pitching. While pitching is always important, this year could be one of the most competitive ever. Many teams seem to want more, but there is only so much to go around on the market.
However, even in these sparse conditions, the talented upper echelon is still looking very strong.
Here is a breakdown of the six top starting pitching options still available and why teams will be looking at them.
Obviously, their performance last year matters in this ranking, but it is also critical that they have some type of promise for next season. Teams are looking at these pitchers because they want the potential returns in 2013.