2. Martin Perez - Detroit Tigers
Speaking of veteran southpaws, Martin Perez is going to be a free agent too. Unlike Montgomery, though, Perez isn't going to command a giant contract on the open market.
To the surprise of almost no one, Perez regressed hard after his fluky All-Star campaign in 2022. His 2023 production was much more in line with his career numbers, as he finished with a 4.45 ERA, a 4.99 FIP and a 1.40 WHIP.
Perez moved to the bullpen during the second half of the season after Texas acquired Montgomery and Max Scherzer at the deadline, but he could still slot in as a No. 4 or 5 starter somewhere else. The 32-year-old remains a durable, reliable innings eater who's averaged 151 frames over the last three seasons.
That will be worth a one-year deal to someone, as every team could use more rotation depth. My money's on the Detroit Tigers, who will be in the market for a left-handed starter now that Eduardo Rodriguez has officially opted out of his contract. The Tigers need pitching depth and Perez will be in their price range, so don't be surprised if they strike a deal.