We’ve moved into that wonderful period where you can sniff the air and get the aroma of a baseball tingling those nostrils. Spring Training is commencing, which will soon turn into actual games, followed by Twitter clamouring for the meaningful games to begin and bemoaning how long Spring Training lasts.
The Philadelphia Phillies receive catcher J.T. Realmuto from the Miami Marlins in exchange for catcher Jorge Alfaro and pitching prospects Sixto Sanchez and Will Stewart. The Marlins finally traded their only big asset left to the Phillies and received in return the young catcher Alfaro, the best prospect in Philadelphia’s
The Los Angeles Dodgers signs outfielder AJ Pollock to a 4-year deal worth $55 million. The Dodgers cleared out some space in their outfield by sending Puig and Kemp (plus Alex Wood and Kyle Farmer) to the Reds which was in essence a dump-off (getting Homer Bailey and two prospects
The Minnesota Twins sign free agent Nelson Cruz to a one-year deal worth $14.3 million. The Twins bolster their offense as they aim to return to the playoffs after their somewhat surprising trip there in 2017. In arguably the weakest division in baseball, where the standout Cleveland Indians are favourites
The Arizona Diamondbacks receive Carson Kelly, Luke Weaver and Andy Young from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for Paul Goldschmidt. With the Diamondbacks losing AJ Pollock and Patrick Corbin to free agency (along with a few other lesser names), it was easy to justify trading away Goldschmidt to retool
Free agent Trevor Cahill signs a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels worth $9 million. For the Angels, it’s the perfect deal in a sense. Ohtani won’t be pitching for them in 2019 so this can see them through the season without tying them down to anything long term.
Free agent Charlie Morton signs a two-year deal with the Tampa Bay Rays worth $30 million. What are the Rays doing signing a 35-year-old starting pitcher when they don’t use starting pitchers? Good question. The truth is, this could be a very savvy signing which helps push the Rays towards
Free agent Jed Lowrie signs a two-year deal with the New York Mets worth $20 million. And in doing so, has muddied the waters for the fantasy impact of their infield. Firstly, for the Mets it’s a fine move as Lowrie has versatility and is coming off his best season
Free agent Michael Brantley signed a two-year deal with the Houston Astros worth $32 million. Most people expected the Astros to focus their attention on pitching this winter with the departure of Charlie Morton and Dallas Keuchel to free agency and losing Lance McCullers for the 2019 season after he
Free agent Daniel Murphy signs a two-year deal with the Colorado Rockies worth $24 million. The Rockies lost DJ LeMahieu to free agency this off season, so it makes sense they’d go out and get Murphy. However, it’s not likely to be a straight replacement. The belief is Murphy will