Price, Cueto, Zimmermann, Samardzija top free agent pitchers
NEW YORK (AP) Pitchers David Price, Johnny Cueto, Jordan Zimmermann, Jeff Samardzija and Scott Kazmir were among 139 players who became free agents Monday, a day after the World Series ended.
About three dozen more players might go on the market, including Zack Greinke, depending on decisions this week about 2016 options and opt-out clauses.
Price, Cueto and Kazmir may be especially attractive because teams that sign them won't lose amateur draft picks. Each was traded during the season, which means the clubs they landed with can't make $15.8 million qualifying offers, which attach the draft-pick penalty.
Among the position players on the market are outfielders Yoenis Cespedes, Jason Heyward and Justin Upton; catcher Matt Wieters; first basemen Chris Davis and Mike Napoli; second basemen Daniel Murphy, Ben Zobrist and Howie Kendrick; and shortstop Ian Desmond.