2019 MLB FREE AGENT STARTING PITCHERS
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.
Patrick Corbin – Signed with the Washington Nationals on a 6-year, $140 million dollar contract. (12/2/2018)
- Patrick Corbin picked Washington over the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Yankees. The battle for Corbin was a lengthy battle between teams and teams did have their limits including the Yankees as they did not want a deal any longer than five-years on Corbin. As for Philadelphia, the only assumption that could be in play is that the money was too high as they are still in pursuit of Harper and Machado and just did not want to give into a high salary that could lose hope on the other two big-name players. As for Corbin, he finishes out in what will be a big three-headed monster in Washington as he will join Stephen Strasburg and Max Scherzer in the Nats rotation for the year’s to come. With the rotation at full strength, this could be the time the Nationals start looking at hitters on the market.
David Price – Decided not to opt out of remaining four years, $127 million dollar contract with Boston
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.
Charlie Morton – Signed with the Tampa Bay Rays on a two year, $30 million dollar contract. (12/20/2018)
- The Tampa Bay Rays have a great concoction of young talent Blake Snell and Tyler Glasnow, now add Morton and you could have something here. In 2018 with Houston, Charlie Morton was lights out as he finished the season with a 3.13 ERA, 15-3 W-L ratio and a 3.5 WAR. The addition of Morton gives a solid balance and leader in the rotation as the Tampa Bay Rays continue on with their franchise rebuild.
J.A. Happ – Re-signed with the New York Yankees on a two-year contract with $34 million guaranteed. (12/12/2018)
- The New York Yankees are holding onto J.A. Happ for what is confirmed for the next two seasons. Happ’s contract with the Yankees carries a vesting option for the 2021 season. The overall addition is a great for the Yankees as they are rounding out their rotation for the long run as they just recently acquired James Paxton from Seattle. Happ will continue to resume his role in the middle of the rotation for the Yankees.
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.
Lance Lynn – Signed with the Texas Rangers on a three-year, $35 million dollar contract. (12/12/2018)
- The Texas Rangers have decided to go big on a pitcher who struggled in 2018. Last season, Lynn finished the season at .500 record of 10-10, a scary ERA of 4.77 in 156 innings while in a split season with Minnesota and New York (Yankees). The re-building Rangers are investing pitchers who are in their mid-30’s rather than target young which is quite an interesting way of “re-building” their rotation. Lynn is expected to be the Rangers #2 pitcher entering the 2019 season should the team not trade Mike Minor who is generating trade interest.
Matt Harvey – Signed with the Los Angeles Angels on a one-year, $11 million dollar contract. (12/22/2018)
- Harvey has passed his physical and is now officially with the Los Angeles Angels for 2019. Last season, was not bittersweet for Matt Harvey as his early season struggles placed him out of the starting rotation for the Mets and into their bullpen. Later, in May, the Mets designated him for an assignment where he had flashes when he was acquired via a trade with the Cincinnati Reds. Harvey now lands with his third team in his MLB career in the Los Angeles Angels. Harvey can earn an extra $3 million in incentives. Matt Harvey will serve as a middle of the rotation for the Angels for 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.
- Jeremy Hellickson
- Jason Hammel
- Francisco Liriano
- Brett Anderson
- Derek Holland
- Martin Perez
- Jaime Garcia
- James Shields
- Drew Pomeranz
- Miguel Gonzalez
- Chris Tillman
- Edwin Jackson
- Hisashi Iwakuma
- Taylor Guerrieri