MLB Offseason

MLB Offseason

Brayton Bowen, Reporter

 

Baseball fans finally have something to get excited about as Spring Training games are just a few days away. Some teams made big free agency and trade splashes, and some stayed quiet. Some teams got better, and some teams lost quite a bit, let’s go over the trades and important free agent signings.

 

Potentially the biggest name on the free agency board was Trevor Bauer, who won the NL (National League) Cy Young award in 2020. Bauer’s name was floating around in rumors for months, and even verified analysts on social media posted that Bauer has signed with the New York Mets, just days before he actually signed with the LA Dodgers for over 100 million over three years.

 

The biggest trade that went down over the MLB offseason was probably the trade between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Colorado Rockies for All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado. Arenado is a 5-time All-Star, 8-time Gold Glove award winner, and 4-time Silver Slugger award winner that has spent the entirety of hit professional career in Colorado with the Rockies until this upcoming season. Junior Alex Juarez said, “This move clearly puts the Cardinals as the favorites to win the central, the Cubs and Brewers did virtually nothing, and Arenado is the real deal.”

 

Other big name players that swapped teams include George Springer from Houston to Toronto, Liam Hendricks from Oakland to the White Sox, James McCann from the White Sox to the Mets, Marcus Simien from Oakland to Toronto, Carlos Santana from Cleveland to Kansas City, and many more.

 

MLB.com posted an interesting graphic showing 2021 standings predictions after all the offseason moves took place, here is who they have as winning each division:

 

AL East: Yankees

AL Central: Twins

AL West: Astros

NL East – Mets

NL Central – Cardinals

NL West – Dodgers

AL Wildcard – Blue Jays and Angels

NL Wildcard – Padres and Brewers

 

Now, even before the signing of Cy Young winner Trevor Bauer, the Dodgers were still the clear favorites to win the World Series, again. Even though they lost key role players such as Joc Pederson and Kike Hernandez, their minor league system is strong and their top prospects have already been called up and already have major league time. The Dodgers could seriously win three championships in a row.