2022-2023 OFF-SEASON ANALYSIS

The latest transactions are on top. I’m only analyzing notable transactions. The rest can be found here.

The Houston Astros signed 1B José Abreu for 3 years/$19.5 million a year. I think that he’s in decline and they’ll regret it. It was time for the Chicago White Sox to move on.

The Chicago White Sox signed SP Mike Clevinger to a 1 year/$12 million deal. He’s a potential upgrade over the now departing Johnny Cueto. It makes the San Diego Padres lose their trade with the Cleveland Guardians for him even worse, though they’ll be fine otherwise.

The Pittsburgh Pirates got their DH by signing Carlos Santana for 1 year/$6.7 million. He won’t get them anything of value at the trade deadline and won’t get them to the playoffs. Terrible deal.

Milwaukee Brewers saved money and depleted their offense, by trading RF Hunter Renfroe to the Los Angeles Angels for Minor Leaguers Janson Junk, Adam Seminaris and Elvis Peguero. I guess Anaheim isn’t planning to start Jo Adell anymore, with Tenfroe taking over in LF. Milwaukee needs to get good hitters even more now.

The Philadelphia Phillies extended GM Dave Dombrowski through 2027 in a solid move.

The Los Angeles Angels continue to make bad moves, acquiring 3B Gio Urshela to play SS or 2B, for Minor League RHP Alejandro Hidalgo. Minnesota should’ve just kept Urshela considering the bad return and their now weakened lineup.

The Toronto Blue Jays weakened their lineup and opened up RF, by trading RF Teoscar Hernández to the Seattle Mariners for RP Erik Swanson and pitching prospect Adam Macko. Seattle is this moving on from RF Mitch Haniger with a slight upgrade. Toronto improved their bullpen, but relievers are volatile and Seattle got the best player in the deal.

The Los Angeles Angels showed why they’re one of the worst run franchises in all of sports, by giving up a draft pick to sign overachieving bottom of the rotation starter Tyler Anderson for 3 years/$39 million. The Los Angeles Dodgers get a draft pick and won’t miss Anderson at all.

In a good deal for both sides, the New York Yankees re-signed 1B Anthony Rizzo for 2 years/$34 million, with a team option for 1 year/$17 million.

Texas Rangers SP Martin Pérez smartly accepted a QO. San Francisco Giants LF Joc Pederson did the same. Both teams overpaid.

The Houston Astros re-signed RP Rafael Montero for 3 years/$34.5 million in nan overpay.

Los Angeles Dodgers re-signed SP Clayton Kershaw for 1 year/$20 million in a good move for both sides.

Houston Astros parted ways with GM James Click, after he rejected their one-year contract extension offer in a surprising move.

The New York Mets re-signed CP Edwin Diaz for 5 years/$102 million with an option for $20 million and a $12 million signing bonus. They will regret giving the inconsistent Diaz the largest contract for a relief pitcher in history.

The New York Yankees wisely picked up the $15 million team option on SP Luis Severino. There were team option pick-ups by other teams as well, but they were too obvious.

The Kansas City Royals hired Matt Quatraro and The Chicago White Sox hired Pedro Grifol as their managers. Time will tell if these first-time managers in the Majors will work out.

The Milwaukee Brewers lost their PBO as David Stearns is leaving. It‘s going to hurt them.

The St. Louis Cardinals re-signed SP Adam Wainwright in a good move, though I think that he will decline further.

The Miami Marlins hired Skip Schumaker to be their manager in a good move.

The Toronto Blue Jays committed to manager John Schneider on a three year deal through 2026. We’ll see how it will go. The Texas Rangers signed Bruce Bochy to be their manager for three years in a good move.

The St. Louis Cardinals extended GM Michael Girsch for multiple years in a potentially good move.

The San Francisco Giants hired Pete Putila as their new General Manager. I won’t judge the move until I see him in action.

The Philadelphia Phillies gave manager Rob Thomson a well-deserved 2 year extension.

The Atlanta Braves extended SP Spencer Strider for 6 years/$75 million with a $22 million club option for 2029. This is a great deal for Atlanta considering how good he’s been.

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