MLB Trade Rumors: Breaking Down Best Destinations for Top 5 Available Pitchers

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MLB Trade Rumors: Breaking Down Best Destinations for Top 5 Available Pitchers
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Boston Red Sox Starting Pitcher Jon Lester

In terms of market strength, this winter's free agent class of pitchers is not considered to be one of the stronger ones in recent memory.

Prior to signing their respective extensions, Cole Hamels and Matt Cain would have added a bit more drama and intrigue as the cold weather rolls in.

Clearly that was not in the cards.

Instead, baseball fans and teams alike are left looking at a crop of starting pitchers that are good, but not great. With Zack Greinke being the only true ace available, players like Anibal Sanchez, Kyle Lohse, Edwin Jackson, Ryan Dempster and Dan Haren all fill the next tier of talent.

While there has been some movement in terms of pitching (the Yankees re-signing Hiroki Kuroda, the Reds on the cusp of bringing Jonathan Broxton back, etc.), what have been more compelling are the potential trades that could take place this winter.

While there may be a shortage of free agent arms, there may very well be no shortage in trade bait. Here's a look at five pitchers that are available and a breakdown of where they would be the best fit.

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