2019 Free Agent Starting Pitcher Rankings:
Clayton Kershaw – Dodgers sign Kershaw to a 3-year, $93 million dollar contract extension (11/2/2018)
- 2018 saw a small step back but still overall productive year for the coming 31-year old. In 2018, Clayton Kershaw has plagued once again with injury (biceps and back) for the first half of the season. During the second half, on short time, Kershaw was able to finish the season strong but in the end, produced career lows in ERA and win total since 2009 where he finished the season with an 8-8 record and 2.79 ERA (9-5, 2.73 ERA in 2018). Kershaw’s contract will carry a salary of $32 million in 2019, $33 million in 2020 before hitting free agency in 2021.
Madison Bumgarner – Giants pickup Bumgarner’s $12 million dollar club option for 2019. (10/29/2018)
- In 2018, Madison Bumgarner took 10-steps back. Bumgarner finished 2018 with a 6-7 record, 3.26 ERA, 109 strikeouts in 129.2 innings this season. This was a second consecutive ineffective season for Bumgarner. Entering 2019, Bumgarner will be in a contract year and with the team not in talks of a contract extension right now it could bring up a possibility of a trade since the team is in re-build mode, so they say.
CC Sabathia – Re-signed with the New York Yankees on a one-year, $8 million dollar contract. (11/6/2018)
- Going forward it seems like it will be a year-to-year thing between Sabathia and the Yankees. In 2018, Sabathia had another productive season for the Yankees as he posted a 9-7 record, 3.56 ERA, 140 strikeouts in 153 innings. This offseason, Sabathia was getting a considerable amount of free agent interest from other teams like the Astros who lost Lance McCullers Jr. to Tommy John Surgery and the Oakland Athletics. 10-years in the Bronx is not enough for him and he will continue on with season 11 with the Yankees in 2019.
Tyson Ross – Signed with the Detroit Tigers on a one-year, $5,75 million dollar contract. (12/10/2018)
- The re-building Detroit Tigers added another pitcher in the name of Tyson Ross. Last season, Ross spent the season split between the San Diego Padres and the St. Louis Cardinals. In 2018, Ross did find success at times but finished off the season with a rocky ERA at 4.15. The Tigers have been focused on getting depth in the rotation as this is their second pitching signing as they signed Matt Moore at the end of November. Tyson Ross could be looking at being in the backend of the rotation with Matt Moore in 2019.
Matt Moore – Signed with the Detroit Tigers on a one-year, $2-3 million dollar contract. (11/27/2018)
- The exact terms of the contract salary have yet to be clarified but it is in the ballpark of 2-3 million. Earlier last month, the Texas Rangers declined Moore’s $12 million dollar club option which was to come after a rocky 2017 season. Last season, Moore has spent time in both the starting rotation and in the bullpen for the Rangers and struggled on both ends as he posted a 6.79 ERA. Coming to Detroit, his role is not firmly known but Moore could be middle to back of the rotation pitcher for the Tigers in 2019.