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Baltimore Orioles: Lack of trades
B/R’s Zachary Rymer praised the Orioles for not buying and selling Cedric Mullins or John Means as their smartest offseason determination. He could also be proper.
However whereas nobody is aware of when the Orioles will likely be any good, we are able to all agree it is not occurring anytime quickly. Because of this, good-to-excellent gamers do not have a lot utility on this workforce. Maybe they maintain Mullins and Means as cornerstones of their rebuild, however Trey Mancini is about to turn out to be a free agent after this season.
With the common DH adopted, Mancini’s league-wide worth basically doubled. There’s an emotional attachment to Mancini after his inspiring return from most cancers and for what he means to that locker room.
Anthony Franco at MLB Commerce Rumors made the purpose that demand for Mancini’s companies could possibly be restricted till he rebounds from most cancers restoration. The 30-year-old slashed .255/.326/.432 final season, down from the .291/.364/.535 line he recorded in 2019.
Worse case situations are the manufacturing dips or keep just like 2021, and the commerce worth plummets, or they lose him for subsequent to nothing.
Boston Purple Sox: Buying and selling Hunter Renfroe for Jackie Bradley Jr.
It is nonetheless complicated why the Purple Sox traded Renfroe, one in every of their higher offensive gamers final 12 months, to the Milwaukee Brewers for Bradley, a member of their 2018 World Sequence squad.
Granted, Bradley—who posted 12 DRS and 10.7 UZR final 12 months—ought to assist enhance a protection that ranked useless final outs above common.
Nonetheless, his offensive numbers had been so brutal in Milwaukee that it far outweighed something constructive he did together with his glove.
Bradley hit .163 with a .497 OPS, and his 35 wRC+ AND -0.8 WAR had been the worst amongst place gamers with greater than 400 plate appearances, in keeping with FanGraphs.
Chaim Bloom did such an excellent job fielding a workforce that made the ALCS final season, but it surely’s troublesome to rationalize this specific transfer.
New York Yankees: Nonchalant strategy at shortstop
If it is true the Yankees had been not likely concerned about Carlos Correa at shortstop or any of the proficient gamers at that place who had been free brokers this offseason, higher hope they know one thing the remainder of us do not.
In the end, the Yankees ended up with Isiah Kiner-Falefa through commerce with the Minnesota Twins. However that is not Carlos Correa, Corey Seager, Trevor Story or Javier Baez.
These are the names that rang out this previous offseason, and every signed both with a Yankees rival or a workforce that ought to by no means outbid them for a prime participant.
For this to not be a remorse, the Yankees do not essentially have to like Kiner-Falefa long run, however two of their greatest prospects, Oswald Peraza and Anthony Volpe, are worthwhile alternate options for the long run.
Tampa Bay Rays: Letting Freddie Freeman get away
Perhaps Freeman was at all times going to signal with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Nonetheless, the thought the notoriously conservative Tampa Bay Rays thought of upping the ante to get Freeman makes you marvel in the event that they had been keen to go all-in. If not, what stopped them?
There have been reports Tampa supplied Freeman a six-year deal value round $150 million. He went to Los Angeles for six years, $162 million.
If $2 million a 12 months was the deal breaker to herald top-of-the-line first basemen of his technology, then disgrace on the Rays.
Toronto Blue Jays: No regrets
Stumped on this one. The Blue Jays get their first full season at Rogers Centre since 2019 and produce with them two new faces of the rotation from new offers inked through the offseason.
They prolonged midseason acquisition Jose Berrios to a seven-year, $131 million contract and signed free-agent Kevin Gausman to a five-year, $110 million deal to type a formidable trio on the prime of the rotation with Hyun Jin Ryu.
Toronto additionally introduced in left-hander Yusei Kikuchi for 3 years and $36 million and landed right-handed reliever Yimi Garcia to a two-year $11 million contract to flesh out the workers.
All of that was earlier than they traded for Matt Chapman from Oakland.
Even when it does not work out, Toronto mustn’t remorse something.