Top Tier (Too Expensive)
#1 Dallas Keuchel
- The former Cy Young award winner will command a substantial sum of money this offseason. Whether he will return to Houston is unknown and with a career record of 76-63 and ERA of 3.66 look for a contender to sign Keuchel to a contract that is too long and expensive for the Rays to stomach. In reality though, Dallas Keuchel was never going to end up in Tampa.
#2 Cole Hamels
- The former World Series MVP who is approaching 35 could very likely return to the Cubs this offseason and even if he doesn’t look for a contender with a hefty budget sing Hamels to an expensive 1 or 2 year deal. The Rays would love to sign a pitcher like Hamels to a 2 year deal, just not at his price.
#3 Patrick Corbin
Corbin will command too much money and too long of a contract in the market this offseason. I don’t expect the Rays to even consider Corbin an option in free agency. We may see our fair share of him though, as the Yankees could swoop in and offer him a nice chunk of change.