2020-2021 OFFSEASON ANALYSIS II

The most recent transactions are at the top of the page here.

Solid starting pitching exchange for all involved.

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.

Philly improved their bullpen. Archie Bradley

Toronto extended President and CEO Mark Shapiro in a good move.

The Chicago White Sox overpaid for a new closer. Liam Hendriks is an upgrade over Alex Colome, but the price is ridiculous.

Good move by Washington. Kyle Schwarber is a good power hitter and they badly need power.

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.

Interesting move by Philly. Sam Fuld is unproven as a GM.

Tampa Bay filled out their rotation. Michael Wacha is just going to eat innings. The New York Mets won’t miss him.

San Francisco filled a rotation vacancy. Anthony DeSclafani is at best an innings eater, so he‘s not going to do much for them. They overpaid to get him. Cincinnati aren’t going to miss him.

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.

Interesting choice by the New York Mets.

The New York Mets solved their hole at catcher with a bad contract. James McCann isn’t going to be worth that contract.

Good gamble by Texas. If David Dahl stays healthy, he can potentially turn into a star.

Debatable move by Philadelphia. Dave Dombrowski wins championships but destroys farm systems.

Solid gamble by the Chicago White Sox. Adam Eaton is injury prone but is productive when he’s healthy and the contract seems reasonable.

Pointless overpay by Kansas City. They shouldn’t be spending much on 35 year old first basemen in decline.

The Chicago White Sox improve their rotation and Texas get a great return.

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.

An expected but still big non-tender by Minnesota.

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.

Great news for the New York Mets, now they don’t have to pay Robinson Cano next season at all, which should help them in free agency. Cano was unlikely to be productive next season so isn’t a loss.

The end of an era for the Chicago Cubs. Theo Epstein will end up with Philadelphia or the New York Mets.

Solid move by Atlanta. It may be risky, but Drew Smyly has upside.

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.

Good move for both sides.

Toronto took a gamble. Can they fix Robbie Ray so he can become a top of the rotation starter again? Will he become an inning eater? Giving him a 1 year/$8 million deal seems decent.

Questionable move by Boston.

Good for RP Dellin Betances and bad for the New York Mets.

Pittsburgh rightly moved on from SP Chris Archer.

The Chicago Cubs tightly moved on from SP Jon Lester.

Cleveland correctly moved on from 1B Carlos Santana. It’s bizarre that they got rid of Hand for nothing in return and overpaid for C Roberto Perez.

In a bad move, Miami declined their option on CP Brandon Kintzler.

The Chicago White Sox smartly parted ways with RP Gio Gonzalez and DH Edwin Encarnacion.

Potentially great news for the New York Mets. Of course it depends on if he’s owner Steve Cohen will actually spend.

Philadelphia wisely declined their option on RP David Robertson.

Solid managerial decision by Detroit. A.J. Hinch is a good choice.

Smart option decisions by Tampa Bay. Charlie Morton declined and isn’t worth $15 million anymore and Mike Zunino isn’t worth a Major League deal at all at this point.

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.

Milwaukee correctly declined their side of a mutual option with Ryan Braun.

The New York Yankees wisely picked up the option on RP Zack Britton.

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.

Logical move by Houston. Roberto Osuna can’t be trusted to produce at this point.

Smart move by St. Louis. Kolten Wong isn’t worth anywhere near $12.5 million a year.

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