MLB Rankings: 8 Young Aces in Need of Contract Extensions

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MLB Rankings: 8 Young Aces in Need of Contract Extensions
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It's always a great thing to see teams lock up young players long-term, especially young pitchers. We all know the saying: "Pitching wins championships." Because of that, pitching will always be at a premium in baseball.

Next year's free-agent class is almost barren when it comes to starting pitching. Teams that need starters are going to be turning over every rock in search of pitchers that might be available through a trade.

The Boston Red Sox and Oakland A's are two teams that wanted to make sure quality, young starters would be a part of their pitching staffs for years to come. The A's recently locked up ace Trevor Cahill (five years, $30.5 million) and the Red Sox gave Clay Buchholz four years and $30.5 million.

There are plenty of young pitchers in baseball in need of contract extensions. Either they're close to free agency or are just plain too good to go on without being locked up long term.

Here are 10 young pitchers with contract extensions in their futures.

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