With the Giants securing their first World Series title in 56 years – and first since moving from New York in 1958 – the 2010 Major League Baseball season came to a close. Soon, we will be talking about the MVP, Cy Young and assorted awards, and then, free agency.
This year's class of free agents is relatively weak. There are, however, still a number of good players without a contract for 2011, and many teams who need to improve their pitching.
We saw how the Padres came a game away from the playoffs, solely because of good pitching, and then the team with the best offense in the AL was silence in the World Series by a brilliant starting rotation. If the second coming of 'the year of the pitcher' did anything, it underlined that it's the people on the mound, more than those at the plate, who win championships.
Since building a bullpen is more often than not a crapshoot, there are only a handful of relievers on this list. The list was almost topped by a closer, but when one thinks about it, that wouldn't really have been fair, since we know he is going to stay with his current team and he won't really be on the market. Still, he's a free agent, and deserves a mention.