The MLB offseason kicked off with the blockbuster trade of the NL MVP, Giancarlo Stanton, but since then, it has been dismal. The LA Angles got Japanese phenom Shohei Ohtani, Ian Kinlser and Zack Cozart. Suddenly, they look like a possible playoff team due to their great outfield and upgraded infield. Don’t forget, they have the best player in the league, Mike Trout.
Other than the Yankees and Angels, the Rockies signed former Cubs closer Wade Davis to a three year 52 million dollar deal. That is the biggest amount a reliever will ever earn per year. Davis was the Cubs’ MVP last season, only blowing one save and striking out Bryce Harper in game 5 of the NLDS in a major pressure situation.
If Wade Davis is indeed headed to Colorado, a good time to enjoy his clutch strikeout of Bryce Harper to send the Cubs to NLCS. pic.twitter.com/8KfFqyQgxH
— Cubs Insider (@realcubsinsider) December 29, 2017
So, what the heck happened to the Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs? We have six weeks until Spring Training and these teams still have major question marks if they want to stay at the top of their respective divisions.
According to MLB insider Jon Heyman, there are still 10 major free agents left to be signed. That doesn’t include the Manny Machado and Christian Yelich, who are studs that have been thrown around in trade talks for weeks now. So where do all these guys end up?
The St. Louis Cardinals added outfielder Marcel Ozuna already, but they need another top of the rotation starter, closer and hitter. Their north side rivals are fighting for the same things. St Louis is very interested in Yu Darvish and Jake Arrieta, It sounds as though one will end up in Chicago and the other in St Louis. A couple days ago, the Cubs offered Jake a 4 year 110 million dollar deal. Jake was interested in a 6 year deal, but Theo Epstein doesn’t like long term deals. Hence Wade Davis and Aroldis Chapman. So, don’t be surprised to see these two fighting over closers Greg Holland and Addison Reed too.
Cubs are willing to go up to $110 million for 4 years on Jake Arrieta.
— Cubs Live (@Cubs_Live) January 3, 2018
Due to the current Collective Bargaining Agreement in the MLB, if you lose a major free agent, you are reimbursed with a draft pick after the second round. For example, if the Cardinals, Indians or whoever signs Jake Arrieta, the Cubs will receive a draft pick after the second round. If they go out and sign Yu Darvish, it doesn’t affect their draft picks at all because he was not given a qualifying offer. Not that picks matter a whole lot for a contending team, but it is still a big factor in the team’s decision.
The Yankees are also interested in signing Darvish, but chances are they will get Gerrit Cole from the Pirates and live with the great rotation they already have.
Other names that remained unsigned are Eric Hosmer, JD Martinez and Jay Bruce. The Red Sox were a shoe in for either Hosmer or JD, but they resigned Mitch Moreland and the question marks went flying. Hanley Ramirez is 34 and on his way out. They need another bat in their lineup, if not two. Trading Jackie Bradley Jr could be an option, but so far we’ve heard nothing. They wanted Stanton, but he shut that down too. Expect Boston to get a big bat before spring training because it’s necessary.
Manny Machado is another huge name being thrown around. The White Sox, Cubs and Yankees seem to be the three in on this all-star. The Cubs reportedly offered Addison Russel, Albert Almora Jr and Mike Montgomery. All that for one year of Machado. Orioles said no. White Sox said that their top pitching prospect, Michael Kopech, is off the table. Since then, it seems as though the Yankees have the best shot, but we shall see.