Winter Meetings Free Agent Tracker: Starting Pitching
We've been tracking different areas of free agency on SI Rangers Maven. As the Winter Meetings begin, we will continue to track and update all of the moves made in free agency.
The Rangers have already signed two starting pitchers before the meetings begin, which are noted in our list below. Texas isn't expected to make any other moves in starting pitching until they resolve third base, but you never know what may happen at the Winter Meetings.
If the Rangers sign a player who rejected a qualifying offer, they will forfeit their second-highest draft pick in the 2020 MLB Amateur Player Draft, as well as $500,000 from their international bonus pool. If they sign two of those players, they will also forfeit their third-highest pick and an additional $500,000 from their international bonus pool.
Gerrit Cole - signed 9-year, $324 million contract with Yankees
Stephen Strasburg - signed 7-year, $245 million contract with Nationals
Zack Wheeler - signed 5-year, $118 million contract with Phillies
Madison Bumgarner - free agent (rejected qualifying offer)
Hyun-Jin Ryu - free agent
Jake Odorizzi - accepted 1-year, $17.8 million qualifying offer from Twins
Dallas Keuchel - free agent
Cole Hamels - signed 1-year, $18 million contract with Braves
Michael Pineda - free agent
Kyle Gibson - signed 3-year, $30 million contract with Rangers
Tanner Roark - free agent
Julio Teheran - free agent
Wade Miley - free agent
Rick Porcello - free agent
Alex Wood - free agent
Adam Wainwright - signed 1-year, $5 million contract with Cardinals
Josh Lindblom - free agent (international - KBO)
Rich Hill - free agent
Michael Wacha - free agent
Ivan Nova - free agent
Drew Smyly - free agent
Brett Anderson - free agent
Martin Perez - free agent
Jordan Lyles - signed 2-year, $16 million contract with Rangers
Homer Bailey - free agent
Gio Gonzalez - free agent
News & Rumors
Despite putting all of their focus on addressing third base, the Rangers are still reportedly in on Gerrit Cole. They are not listed as a favorite to land him.
If the Rangers miss on Anthony Rendon and Josh Donaldson, maybe they'll shift their focus to the big fish in the starting pitching market. That is pure conjecture for right now. Texas' focus is primarily on third base.
Any time anything is reported on a free agent starting pitcher, we will update our list above.
UPDATE: The Nationals re-signed their star pitcher.
Jeff Passan of ESPN reported the deal for Strasburg is seven years for $245 million.
UPDATE: The Yankees got their guy.
The Yankees outbid everyone else in the Cole sweepstakes. They had been aggressive from the start and the match seemed inevitable even weeks ago.