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MLB Free Agency Tracker: Starting Pitchers

Keep up with the latest news, rumors and signings of this winter's class of free agent starting pitchers.

The Major League Baseball offseason is officially underway. Despite the looming doom of the current CBA expiring at 11:59 p.m. EST on Dec. 1 without a new agreement in place that would surely turn the Hot Stove ice cold, there is a talented and deep free agent class with many teams locked and loaded to spend this winter, including the Texas Rangers.

The Rangers have been open about exploring the starting pitching market to add an impact arm or two to a very young rotation that needs veteran leadership and innings. Therefore, fans should keep an eye or two on this free agent class of starting pitchers.

You can track the latest news, rumors and signings of the free agent outfielders right here on InsideTheRangers.com. These players are grouped by their most-played position, and are listed in order by their respective bWAR (Baseball Reference's Wins Above Replacement). Each player's seasonal age for the 2022 season will also be in parentheses.

  • Robbie Ray (30, 6.6 bWAR) -- signed 5-year, $115 million contract with Mariners
  • Kevin Gausman (31, 5.3) -- signed 5-year, $110 million contract with Blue Jays
  • Max Scherzer (37, 5.3) -- signed 3-year, $130 million contract with Mets
  • Carlos Rodón (29, 5.0)
  • Anthony DeSclafani (32, 3.9) -- signed 3-year, $36 million contract with Giants
  • Marcus Stroman (30, 3.7)
  • Clayton Kershaw (34, 2.3)
  • Danny Duffy (33, 2.1)
  • Steven Matz (31, 2.0) -- signed 4-year, $44 million contract with Cardinals
  • Wily Peralta (33, 2.0)
  • Eduardo Rodriguez (29, 1.8) -- signed 5-year, $77 million contract with Tigers
  • Yusei Kikuchi (31, 1.7)
  • Tyler Anderson (32, 1.7)
  • Alex Cobb (34, 1.7)
  • Michael Pineda (33, 1.4)
  • Corey Kluber (36, 1.4) -- signed 1-year, $8 million contract with Rays
  • Jon Gray (30, 1.3) -- signed 4-year, $56 million contract with Rangers
  • Alex Wood (31, 1.3) -- signed 2-year, >$20 million contract with Giants
  • Rich Hill (42, 1.3)
  • Chris Ellis (29, 1.2)
  • Zack Greinke (38, 1.2)
  • Kwang Hyun Kim (33, 1.1)
  • Johnny Cueto (36, 0.8)
  • Aaron Sanchez (29, 0.6)
  • Jhoulys Chacín (34, 0.6) -- signed 1-year, $1.25 million contract with Rockies
  • Martín Pérez (31, 0.5)
  • Ervin Santana (39, 0.5)
  • Drew Smyly (33, 0.4)
  • Andrew Heaney (31, 0.3) -- signed 1-year, $8.5 million contract with Dodgers
  • Garrett Richards (34, 0.3)
  • Sean Nolin (32, 0.1)
  • Wade LeBlanc (37, 0.1)
  • James Paxton (33, 0.0)
  • Ivan Nova (35, 0.0)
  • Félix Hernández (36, 0.0)
  • Cole Hamels (38, 0.0)
  • Justin Verlander (39, 0.0) -- signed 1-year, $25 million contract with Astros
  • Noah Syndergaard (29, -0.1) -- signed 1-year, $21 million contract with Angels
  • Chris Archer (33, -0.1)
  • Brett Anderson (34, -0.1)
  • Jordan Lyles (31, -0.2)
  • Julio Teheran (31, -0.2)
  • Tommy Milone (35, -0.2)
  • Thomas Eshelman (28, -0.3)
  • Dylan Bundy (29, -0.3)
  • Tanner Roark (35, -0.3)
  • Mike Fiers (37, -0.3)
  • Scott Kazmir (38, -0.3)
  • Vince Velasquez (30, -0.4)
  • Jon Lester (38, -0.4)
  • José Ureña (30, -0.5)
  • Trevor Cahill (33, -0.5)
  • Chase Anderson (34, -0.5)
  • Mike Foltynewicz (30, -0.6)
  • Chi Chi González (30, -0.7)
  • Michael Wacha (30, -0.7) -- signed 1-year contract with Red Sox
  • Matt Harvey (33, -0.7)
  • José Quintana (33, -0.7) -- signed 1-year, $2 million contract with Pirates
  • Matt Moore (33, -0.8)
  • Zach Davies (29, -0.9)
  • Carlos Martínez (30, -1.4)
  • J.A. Happ (39, -1.5)
  • Matt Shoemaker (35, -1.8)
  • Jake Arrieta (36, -2.6)

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News and Rumors

  • Nov. 28: Max Scherzer is expected to make his decision prior to the impending lockout on Dec. 2, according to MLB Network's Jon Heyman. The Dodgers, Giants, Angels and Mets are among the reported teams interested.
  • Nov. 27: Kevin Gausman is expected to make his decision in the next two or three days, according to MLB Network's Jon Morosi
  • Nov. 26: Marcus Stroman tweeted that the Mets front office prefers other pitchers on the market over him. 
  • Nov. 25: The Rangers reportedly have "legitimate interest" in Jon Gray.
  • Nov. 22: The Giants brought back two of their free agent starting pitchers, agreeing to terms with Anthony DeSclafani and Alex Wood on the same day. 
  • Nov. 22: In an interview with MLB Network, Rangers manager Chris Woodward said the club has been in contact with Clayton Kershaw. Texas and the Dodgers are thought to be the two likely destinations for the future Hall of Famer.
  • Nov. 17: Justin Verlander rejected the qualifying offer from the Astros, then turned around a signed a one-year, $25 million contract to return to Houston. The deal also includes a $25-million player option for 2023.
  • Nov. 16: RHP Noah Syndergaard opted to decline the one-year, $18.4 million qualifying offer from the New York Mets and sign with the Angels on a one-year, $21 million contract. This gives him the opportunity to prove himself for a season coming off Tommy John surgery, then enter free agency again next winter.
  • Nov. 16: The Blue Jays signed RHP Jose Berrios to a seven-year, $131 million contract extension, securing their rotation beyond 2022. Berrios was set to become a free agent after next season.
  • Nov. 15: The Tigers made the first big move of the offseason, signing LHP Eduardo Rodriguez to a five-year, $77 million contract. Per multiple reports, Rodriguez can earn another $3 million in incentives and can opt out after year two of the contract. According to MLB Network's Jon Morosi, the Red Sox, Blue Jays and Angels were all involved in the market for Rodriguez.
  • Nov. 7: The Dodgers did not extend a qualifying offer to LHP Clayton Kershaw. While this could make him more attractive in free agency, it could also mean his health is a legitimate concern. Kershaw missed significant time in 2021 with multiple forearm injuries.

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