Winners and Losers of the MLB Offseason

Who had the best and the worst offseason in the MLB?

After the ending of the lockout, it is interesting to see how teams handle the offseason. Which teams are spending money and which teams are trying to save money? With the new playoff proposal, many small and mid-market teams are trying to save money.

Let’s take a look at some of the biggest winners and losers this offseason.

Winner: Atlanta Braves

While it is sad to see a franchise player and a fan favorite leave your team, the Atlanta Braves adjusted just fine. The Braves replaced Freddie Freeman with Matt Olson from the Oakland Athletics. In exchange for four prospects, Atlanta received Olson and signed him to an eight-year contract extension the day after the trade.

At 27 years old, Olson hit .271 last season with 39 home runs, 111 RBIs and held a .911 OPS. This was a great trade for the Braves because they get much younger at first base and they still have the left-handed power bat in the lineup.

Not only did they trade for Olson to replace Freeman, the Braves made a flurry of signings as well. Eddie Rosario is back this season for the Braves and they locked down their closer by signing Kenley Jansen.

The defending World Series Champions are off to a good start this offseason and looking to defend their title in a tough NL East Division.

Winner: Los Angeles Dodgers

In a year where 106 wins did not finish first in the division, the Los Angeles Dodgers are looking for redemption this season in the NL West.

The Dodgers made a big offseason signing by bringing Freddie Freeman back to his native state of California. Freeman signed a six-year deal worth $162 million to be with the Dodgers. He will now be the everyday first baseman for the foreseeable future.

The Dodgers also won by not overpaying for Max Scherzer. The New York Mets paid an unearthly amount of money to sign Scherzer. Scherzer was practically a rental towards the end of last season, in an effort to win a World Series. They received more with Trey Turner going forward.

The Dodgers already had one of the best lineups in baseball and now that they have added Freeman, they will only be that much more dangerous.

Winner: Philadelphia Phillies

With the two large signings of Kyle Schwarber and Nick Castellanos, those are two large signings to add to the lineup. This does not make their defense any better, which was one of the worst in the MLB last season, but they will have more bats in the lineup.

The pitching staff will be top-heavy with Zach Wheeler and Aaron Nola, but it has the chance to grow with Ranger Suarez moving to the rotation this season.

If the Phillies can hit, they will be in good shape. They will be battling with the Mets and the Braves for the NL East Division, which is expected to be a tight race this season.

Losers: New York Mets

The Mets made one signing over the offseason and they overpaid for it. Max Scherzer is without a doubt the most dominant pitcher in the MLB. The rotation with Jacob deGrom, Scherzer and now Chris Bassitt, could be a lethal pitching staff.

New York lost Javier Baez but still have Francisco Lindor. The lineup could use work, but if you spend $130 million for three years on a pitcher, that does not leave a lot of money to go elsewhere.

Losers: Texas Rangers

They did spend big money this offseason and signed two great players to the middle of their infield with Marcus Semien and Corey Seager. The real issue lies in the starting pitching department. The Rangers have no pitching available.

The positive thing is, they do not have to mess with the middle of their infield for a long time. They do have other bats in the lineup that will contribute, but they will need pitching to compete in the AL West with the Houston Astros and the Seattle Mariners.

Losers: Cincinnati Reds

The next generation of winning for the Cincinnati Reds did not last all that long. Two seasons ago, I was very high on this Reds team. They looked like an organization that was ready to compete within the NL Central. That is no longer the case after this offseason.

Cincinnati traded away Jesse Winker and Eugenio Suarez. Winker was an All-Star a season ago and arguably one of the best outfielders in all of baseball. The Reds failed to make the postseason after collapsing down the stretch of the season.

The idea of a future and the possibility of winning anytime soon was thrown out the window with the trade made to Seattle.

 


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