2020-2021 OFFSEASON ANALYSIS II
The most recent transactions are at the top of the page here.
Interesting high upside move by the New York Yankees. Will Corey Kluber pitch like he used to? If so it’s a bargain. He missed most of the last two seasons due to injury however and he seeks to be in decline. He also won’t give them 200 innings.
Great trade for both sides. The New York Mets significantly improve their lineup and rotation with Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco and Cleveland gets prospects and good young players such as Andres Gimenez. Cleveland do punt on their season, though they weren’t contenders before the trade and they weren’t going to extend Lindor anyway (he’s a free agent after this upcoming season).
San Diego added another ace. The Chicago Cubs are not acting as a big market team. They keep saving money and now downgraded from Yu Darvish to Zach Davies. They also shipped out Víctor Caratini. San Diego vastly improved their rotation, though Darvish is already getting up there in years. They also improved their catching situation.
San Diego signed a new 2B. I’m surprised that Ha-Seong Kim chose San Diego as he can’t play his natural position of SS there and San Diego has Jake Cronenworth at 2B, but perhaps Cronenworth is getting traded in another deal.
Blockbuster trade between Tampa Bay and San Diego. Tampa Bay seems hellbent on going from pennant winners to missing the playoffs next season. They now lost 2/3 of the best three SP’a as they traded Blake Snell to San Diego. Snell should help San Diego compete with the Los Angeles Dodgers and elevates them into the upper echelon of contenders. They didn’t even give up much: Francisco Mejia is turning into a lost cause and Luis Patinó is just a top pitching prospect who struggled in the Majors so far. The rest are a decent pitching prospect (Cole Wilcox) and an OK catching prospect (Blake Hunt). It was a solid return for Tampa, but they’re now likely to miss the playoffs next season.
Logical trade for both sides. Washington fill their void 1B and gamble on Josh Bell turning things around, and Pittsburgh move on from a free agent to be that they wouldn’t have extended anyway in a rebuilding year.
Good move by Boston. Hunter Renfroe could still break out and adds power to their lineup. He will take over for Alex Verdugo in RF, as Verdugo moves to CF to replace the soon to be overpaid Jackie Bradley Jr.
The New York Mets solved their hole at catcher with a bad contract. James McCann isn’t going to be worth that contract.
Debatable move by Philadelphia. Dave Dombrowski wins championships but destroys farm systems.
Pointless overpay by Kansas City. They shouldn’t be spending much on 35 year old first basemen in decline.
Surprising trade. Is Cincinnati no longer trying to compete next season? They now need a closer, while the Los Angeles Angels finally get a decent one.
Mutually beneficial trade between Baltimore and the Los Angeles Angels. LA get their SS and Baltimore trade a veteran for prospects.
Intriguing move by Atlanta. Charlie Morton may be in decline and I’m not sure if he’s going to eat that many innings, but he has some upside. This potentially really hurts Tampa Bay. They should e just picked up his option instead of being cheap.
The end of an era for the Chicago Cubs. Theo Epstein will end up with Philadelphia or the New York Mets.
Interesting hire by Miami. Will Kim Ng deliver?
Interesting move by the Los Angeles Angels. We’ll see if Perry Minasian can turn them into a playoff team.
Potentially great news for the New York Mets. Of course it depends on if he’s owner Steve Cohen will actually spend.
Solid managerial decision by Detroit. A.J. Hinch is a good choice.
A no-brainer option decision by the New York Yankees and another one just like it. A declining Brett Gardner should be much cheaper next season if there’s even a point in bringing him back. J.A. Happ is also in decline and can’t be trusted anymore. Paying him $17 million next season would’ve been insane.
The Chicago White Sox have a new manager. I think that Tony La Russa is worth a shot.
Horrible move by Cleveland. Brad Hand is a good closer and they’re just giving him away. They can’t be so hurt financially that their best option is getting rid of a good player by literally giving him away for nothing.