MLB Offseason Winners and Losers


James Kay, Design Editor

In what has been one of the more exciting MLB off seasons in recent memory, a lot of teams have made some bold moves to bolster their rosters. Most of the top tier free agents are off the board though teams are still trying to see what other secondary players can help fill their team’s voids. Here are my thoughts on who has won and lost the offseason.


Boston Red Sox

Going into this year’s offseason, the Red Sox’s one goal was to sign a premier starting pitcher. They went out and signed ace David Price on a 7-year/$217 million contract to solidify the top of their rotation. These kinds of contracts are usually pretty disastrous, but since the market demands have risen in the past 10 years, teams have to commit long term to players. The most underrated move of the offseason for the Sox has been adding Carson Smith in a trade for mediocre starter Wade Miley. Carson will add depth to a depleted Red Sox bullpen. He will compliment all-star closer Craig Kimbrel, who was also acquired this offseason from the Padres.

Arizona Diamondbacks

The Diamondbacks decided to mortgage their future by trading away a lot of their key prospects in order to put themselves in a position to make a run at the World Series next year. They traded for a decent number two-three starter in Shelby Miller to go behind recently signed ace Zach Greinke. Greinke was going to resign with the Los Angeles Dodgers before Arizona swooped in and stole him at the last second. He probably won’t be worth the $30 million a year at the back end of his contract, but Greinke is currently one of the best pitchers in baseball so, in the short term, this is a good deal. The Diamondbacks had one of the best offenses and defenses last year and they hope to carry that over to the 2016 season.

Chicago Cubs

I was hesitant to put the Cubs on this list even though they had a pretty good offseason. They added one of the more competitive pitchers in the game in John Lackey, while also signing veterans Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist. Both Zobrist and Heyward will add consistency to a young Cubs lineup that has a chance to explode next year. I do worry about the back end of their rotation as Jason Hammel and Kyle Hendricks are not the greatest options to turn to in a seven game series. If the Cubs had gone out and gotten another solid number three or four starter, they would be my favorites to win the World Series this year. They have the star power to do it but there are still a lot of question marks that surround their pitching staff.


Cincinnati Reds

The Reds were primed to sell their stars in order to start a much needed rebuilding process. They had two solid all-stars in Aroldis Chapman and Todd Frazier, who they could have received a boatload of prospects. They were close to getting rid of Chapman before he was accused of a domestic violence incident that occurred four months ago. Chapman was traded today, but the prospects that the Reds received aren’t considered blue-chip prospects, which Cincinnati expected entering the offseason. Frazier was also shipped for three prospects that have very low upside. The Reds are facing a situation that is similar to the one the Philadelphia Phillies have been facing for three years, in that they cannot trade their seasoned veterans.

Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers have been the biggest losers this offseason. Not only have they lost their best pitcher (not offense to Clayton Kershaw) but they have made no trades or signings that will put them in a position to win the N.L. West. The Giants and Diamondbacks have both recreated their rotations to compete with anyone in the National League. They lost out on getting Chapman after his domestic violence allegations and have yet to find a number two starter to replace Greinke. They have a chance to move to the winner’s circle but they must get a move on it if they hope to be competitive next year.