Masahiro Tanaka leads an impressive class of free-agent starters that have yet to find new employers for the 2014 season.
The Japanese right-hander went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA for the Rakuten Golden Eagles last season in Japan. However, there have been concerns over the 25-year-old's elevated pitch counts. During the Japan Series, Tanaka threw 160 pitches in a complete game loss. Still, one MLB team executive told Olney that "he believes Tanaka will receive a deal in the $150 million range."
The next group of starters includes Ervin Santana, Ubaldo Jimenez and Matt Garza. Of those three, Garza represents arguably the most intriguing option, as he's the only one who isn't attached to draft-pick compensation.
Veteran workhorses like Bronson Arroyo and A.J. Burnett could also be strong additions. Plus, neither starter will command as many dollars or years as Santana, Jimenez and Garza.
Mark Mulder could also be worth an incentive-laden deal. The left-hander hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2008, but Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that Mulder recently worked out for five MLB teams.
David Price has been available all offseason, but so far there has been next to zero activity surrounding the left-handed ace. The Rays are in no rush to offload the 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner, who still remains under club control for two more seasons.
Jeff Samardzija has been heavily linked to an exit from the Chicago Cubs this offseason. However, the right-hander told Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago that his "first preference" is to stay with the Cubs.
Phillies' left-handers Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels are also both on the trade block. As Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tweets, the Phillies "won't eat any money" in a potential deal. That means both aces are likely to stay put as Lee makes $50 million in 2014 and 2015 combined and has a $27.5 million vesting option for 2016. Hamels meanwhile earns $112.5 million over the next five seasons with a $20 million club option for 2019.