MLB Free Agents: 5 pitchers ready to test the market in 2021

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 28: Marcus Stroman #7 of the New York Mets looks on against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field on August 28, 2019 in New York City. The Cubs defeated the Mets 10-7. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 28: Marcus Stroman #7 of the New York Mets looks on against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field on August 28, 2019 in New York City. The Cubs defeated the Mets 10-7. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /
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MLB Free Agents: 5 starters ready to test the market in 2021

Robbie Ray- Arizona Diamondbacks

Robbie Ray is going to be a free agent next offseason but could be put in a difficult situation.

Ray has been inquired about by contenders for the past year. He is a young lefty and an effective second or third starter. He adds a lot of depth to Arizona’s rotation.

If he is traded, he cannot be attached to a Qualifying Offer after 2020, meaning he does not have a value attached to him. This could help Ray because a team would not lose a pick if they signed him or it could hurt him because he is not attached to a value that high. The Diamondback record is going to be the deciding factor if he gets

Ray was at his best in 2017, when he had career bests in ERA WHIP and WAR. His 2018 and 2019 campaigns were good, but not at that caliber.

In 2019, through 33 starts, Ray went 12-8  with a 4.34 ERA over 174.1 innings, striking out 235 batters.

He is a very effective lefty and can get batters out on his own.

A lefty like Ray is going to be in high demand when he hits the open market, especially since he is currently 28-years-old. He could easily get a five-year deal.