Top 3 Affordable Free Agent Pitchers

The big pitching arms on the free agent market are well-known by now: Jacob deGrom, Justin Verlander, Carlos Rodon, and even Chris Bassitt. They will all command exorbitant salaries, whether on short- or long-term contracts. 

But for teams looking to add a starter at a bit more of an affordable cost (affordable being a relative term—for major league teams that means much less than $100M), here are three mid-rotation arms that shouldn't cost an... arm and a leg. 

Kodai Senga

The Japanese pitching sensation has filed his papers and is ready to come to North America. He's a protege of fellow countryman Yu Darvish, and had a 1.94 ERA for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks in the Nippon Professional Baseball league this season. 

He's expected to land a contract somewhere in the neighborhood of 5-years, $65M, and the early challengers to acquire him include the San Diego Padres (naturally, with the Darvish connection), the Chicago Cubs (Senga is also familiar with Seiya Suzuki), the San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners, and New York Mets.

Tyler Anderson

After seven years in the majors, the 32-year-old broke through this year with the Dodgers, posting an All-Star season that included a 2.57 ERA with a 1.00 WHIP and 138:34 K/BB ratio. In addition to the Dodgers, the Toronto Blue Jays, Rangers and Mets are expected to be in on him. His estimated contract value could reach $50M over 3 years. 

Jameson Taillon

The 30-year-old had a very solid season for the New York Yankees and will look to cash in on it with perhaps a 4-year deal in the $60M range. He posted a 3.91 ERA, a 1.13 WHIP and a 151:32 K/BB ratio in garnering an impressive 14-5 record in his second year in pinstripes. The Mets, Rangers and Giants are expected to challenge the Yankees in signing him. 

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