Whatcha gonna do with all them bucks?
All them bucks inside that truck
That lovely money truck
It seems that every team except the Mets is looking for starting pitchers this offseason, which means that despite the relative abundance of free agents at the position, some people are going to be left unhappy by the time it’s all over.
Grienke and Price are considered the premium options, but it wouldn’t surprise me if Cueto and/or Zimmermann had every bit as much value going forward and could likely be had at a “discount”. Iwakuma would be another good option for teams that miss the creamiest of this crop.
The back-end options are almost limitless….Fister, Gallardo, Estrada, Lackey, Kennedy, Kazmir, Samardzija….and more beyond that. There’s a few more options that could be on their way here from across the Pacific, and while it’s hard to know exactly how any of them would perform here, that are teams that would surely take a chance on them.
There’s a few bullpen arms on the market as well, but Darren O’Day is the only one of high quality. I’d love to see Theo put him in a Cubs uniform. He’ll cost a few bucks, but a Strop-O’Day-Rondon bullpen would be very nice to have.