The winter meetings, the unofficial midpoint of the offseason, have come and gone. While the markets for second- and third-tier pitching help have been quite active, the premium arms remain as available as they were on Nov. 1, with few reports of negotiations in between.
That's probably because many of the teams in the market for a pricey starter are waiting to make a bid on Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, whose posting was delayed by discussions between MLB and NPB about the system itself.
The sides have reportedly reached an agreement on a new system, which they were scheduled to ratify on Monday, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, meaning that Tanaka's posting may soon come to fruition.
That should have ramifications for the star pitchers at the top of this list, while the market for the guys at the back should remain warm now that many of the highly coveted second-tier guys have been snapped up.