Ranking the Top 10 Starting Pitchers Available at the MLB Trade Deadline

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Ranking the Top 10 Starting Pitchers Available at the MLB Trade Deadline
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Peavy's healthy return from a fractured rib puts him at the top of the trade market for starting pitchers.

With Scott Feldman, Matt Garza and Ricky Nolasco already off the board, the list of starting pitchers who might be available on the trade market is dwindling. That doesn't mean there aren't any good pitchers left. 

The price tag was high for Garza, who will be a free agent at season's end. The price will probably be just as high and maybe higher for the top four pitchers on my list of remaining starting pitcher trade candidates.

That's because, in addition to being pretty good pitchers, they're all under contract beyond 2013. Their teams have leverage because they don't have to trade them. In addition, acquiring teams will be paying for a pitcher who can help them over the last two months of this season, next season and, in some cases, the 2015 season. 

Here are my rankings for the best 10 starting pitchers who are assumed to be available on the trade market. UPDATE 7/25: Ervin Santana was left off of the list because the feeling was that he wasn't available. However, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports tweeted that the Royals were willing to at least listen to offers from interested teams. I'd rank him as the No. 2 pitcher on this list. 

 

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