With the offseason now upon us, and winter meetings just around the corner, the time to start assessing 2016 MLB rosters appears to be here. We'll take a snapshot breakdown of each position group, beginning with Starting Pitchers, noting the Top Paid players, Notable Free Agents, Arbitration-Eligible Players, and more. Track the vast array of signings, trades, and other moves with our MLB Transactions Wire.
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Top 2016 Salaries
Kershaw's $32M currently leads all MLB players, with Verlander tied with teammate Miguel Cabrera for 2nd.12 SP are set to earn more than $20M, while 33 will cash in $10M+.
Most Contract $ Remaining
All of this money is guaranteed should the player's allow for it, as Kershaw (2019) and Tanaka (2018) have opt-outs built into their deals.
Notable Free Agents
Zack Greinke's decision to opt-out of his previous contract adds to an already nice list of starting pitchers now on the open market.
While plenty of notable starting pitchers find themselves arbitration-eligble for the upcoming 2016 season, only a few will be granted long-term extensions to avoid the settlement. We've made note of a few here.