February 24, 2021

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MLB Off-Season Winners and Losers

By: Austin Moehn and Jay Patel 

It may seem like spring is still far away, but it is right around the corner and that means one thing. Baseball is back! With the MLB getting back to the typical 162 game season, spring training is under way with pitchers and catchers reporting to Arizona and Florida. 

The 2020-2021 MLB offseason had plenty of action as the hot stove was burning throughout the winter. With most of the free agents signed and trades being completed, it is time to break down who were the winners and losers of the MLB offseason. Let’s get right into it!

Winner: Top Level Free Agents

Springer, Bauer, and Realmuto, all got the career pay days they deserved. This group of high end free agents inked big money deals all with teams that should be contenders in September. Springer got his long term deal signing a six-year $150 million dollar contract with the Blue Jays and Bauer was able to bring in a massive $103 million three-year deal with the Dodgers. Realmuto re-upped with the Phillies for a five-year $115 million contract making him now the highest paid catcher at $23 million per year. It’ll be interesting to see if these free agents can provide a big enough impact to put their teams over the top.

Realmuto secured the bag

Loser: Tampa Bay Rays

Trading away former Cy Young winner Blake Snell and letting the always dependable Charlie Morton walk, will most likely mean that the Rays won’t be going back to the World Series this season. From a long term perspective these moves might be beneficial as they were able to get some good young talent in the Snell trade, and not needing to give Morton $15 million is a plus, but they were in a good spot to be top contenders in the AL again.

Signing Michael Wacha, Rich Hill, and former Rays starter Chris Archer to counter the loss of Snell and Morton is a way to fill the gap, but the quality of talent in the rotation took a hit. With the way the Rays are built, the shortened season in 2020 might have been their prime opportunity to win a World Series and that could be how the front office thinks which would make sense of why they got rid of Snell and Morton so they could focus more on the future. Still, I would have liked to see the Rays give it another go on contending for a championship which is why I got them classified as a loser this offseason.   

Chris Archer is back with the Rays

Winner: San Diego Padres 

The Padres have to fight the World Series Champs in their division and that’s no easy task. However, San Diego did not spend this off-season in the dark. They went out and got impact players in Yu Darvish, Blake Snell, Joe Musgrove, and Kim Ha-Seong. San Diego’s rotation is dangerous and they will give the Dodgers a run for their money this season. To make some more noise, San Diego inked Fernando Tatis Jr. to a massive 14-year contract worth $340 million. This keeps their star in San Diego and their title window is wide open. There’s a lot of hype in San Diego right now, and they are a BIG off-season winner. 

  • Jay Patel (@jpatel2444) 
Darvish will take the Padres to the next level

Loser: Los Angeles Angels 

Mike Trout just deserves better. He signed an extension that will probably keep him in LA for the rest of his career. However, whether he actually gets anywhere with this team is yet to be seen. The Halos need a lot of upgrades. Sure they went out and got some new pitchers like Jose Quintana, Alex Cobb, and Raisel Iglesias, but it’s not enough to go far in the playoffs. Moreover, there are a couple of new faces on the offense (Dexter Fowler and Jose Iglesias) but like I said, it’s not enough to bring this team into serious contention. Mike Trout isn’t going to be young forever, and the Angels aren’t giving him the best supporting cast. 

  • Jay Patel (@jpatel2444) 

My Other Winners: Nolan Arenado, New York Mets, Toronto Blue Jays, Chicago White Sox

My Other Losers: Colorado Rockies, NL Central

  • Jay Patel (@jpatel2444)