Projecting Each MLB Team's Pitching Ace 5 Years from Now

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Projecting Each MLB Team's Pitching Ace 5 Years from Now
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Let's pretend for a few minutes that you've just been named the new general manager of your favorite team.

Congratulations on your new gig, but it's time to get down to business.

According to someone who knows more about computers and projections than you could possibly understand, the 2018 season is shaping up to be a World Series that your franchise can win if it plays its cards right.

Coincidentally, every starting pitcher within the organization is scheduled to become a free agent after this season, and there's only enough money in the budget to sign one guy through 2018.

(I did warn you that we're using our imaginations here.)

Which guy would you choose to keep?

That's the mindset from which these possible, eventual aces were chosen.

We'll start out with some healthy debates over 10 teams with several viable options and close with the remaining teams for which the decision is a no-brainer for one reason or the other.

*All statistics are courtesy of and and are accurate through the start of play on Monday, June 10.

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