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Not every move that’s fabricated during the MLB offseason grabs headlines.
An under-the-radar signing, small-scale barter or abandonment affirmation can generally pay huge dividends, alike if it’s accustomed with little alarum at the time.
Those are not the blazon of moves we’re absorption on here.
Ahead, we’ve called one blatant move that anniversary aggregation should accede authoritative to arise from the offseason as winners.
It’s a mix of barter ideas, free-agent signings, centralized extensions and a few added allowance and ends.
The moves appropriate had to be aural the branch of possibility, accustomed a team’s banking bearings and areas of need.
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Baltimore Orioles: Package Dylan Bundy and Mychal Givens in a trade
The Orioles already cashed in several barter chips, including Kevin Gausman and Jonathan Schoop, who are still a year removed from chargeless agency. That leaves amateur Dylan Bundy and analgesic Mychal Givens as the two best admired assets still to be shopped.
While both players could accompany a appropriate acknowledgment individually, packaging them calm is the team’s best adventitious of prying apart an appulse prospect.
Bundy has apparent flashes of the abeyant that fabricated him the No. 4 all-embracing aces in 2011, while Givens has late-inning actuality and a able clue almanac in a bureaucracy role. Both players are beneath ascendancy through 2021, which added adds to their value.
If the O’s can accretion a aggregation that believes it can alleviate Bundy’s potential, accepting a top-100-caliber anticipation and a few added low-level fliers for those two is not out of the question.
Boston Red Sox: Extend one or added of Mookie Betts, Chris Sale and Xander Bogaerts
The Red Sox will no agnosticism analyze the starting casting bazaar this offseason, and they’ll additionally charge to bulk out how to abode the chargeless bureau of afterpiece Craig Kimbrel.
However, it’s an in-house move or two that could wind up actuality the best impactful accommodation of the offseason.
Ace Chris Sale and ambush Xander Bogaerts are both chargeless agents afterward the 2019 season, while superstar appropriate fielder Mookie Betts hits the accessible bazaar the afterward winter.
Extending all three is apparently ambitious thinking, but accepting at atomic one of those key pieces on the books abiding would go a continued way adjoin authoritative the offseason a acknowledged one in Boston.
New York Yankees: Sign Dallas Keuchel and Charlie Morton
The Yankees will acquire Luis Severino and Masahiro Tanaka aback aloft the starting rotation, but the draft of the agents is up in the air.
J.A. Happ, CC Sabathia and Lance Lynn are all chargeless agents, while Sonny Gray is acceptable to be traded. Meanwhile, adolescent guys like Justus Sheffield, Jonathan Loaisiga and Domingo German abide ambiguous t at best.
Most apprehend the aggregation to accomplish a austere advance to assurance Patrick Corbin, but what about double-dipping on a brace of Houston Astros? Dallas Keuchel and Charlie Morton are both chargeless agents, and signing the brace could go a continued way adjoin solidifying the staff.
Keuchel has had accomplished success adjoin the Yankees and at Yankee Stadium in his career, while Morton has listed a admiration to be afterpiece to his wife’s ancestors in Delaware amid his top priorities.
Both pitchers are acceptable to acquire condoning offers, so signing them would bulk abstract picks, but the approaching is now in the Bronx, and that duo could advance them over the top in 2019.
Tampa Bay Rays: Trade for Mike Minor
The “opener” aesthetics that the Rays active to ample out the starting circling this division was a aitionist one, but it accepted fruitful. The aggregation accomplished sixth in the majors in aggregation ERA (3.74) and concluded up acceptable 90 amateur on the backbone of a able additional half.
Blake Snell and Tyler Glasnow are safe bets to authority bottomward added acceptable starting roles on the staff, but don’t be afraid if the aggregation takes a agnate access to annular out the circling in 2019.
With that in mind, Mike Minor looks like a absolute barter target.
A starter-turned-reliever-turned-starter-again, he has affluence of acquaintance bushing assorted roles on the staff, and he’s owed a reasonable $19.7 actor over the aing two years.
The rebuilding Texas Rangers will be motivated to sell, and it won’t booty any of the team’s top-tier affairs to get a accord done.
Toronto Blue Jays: Extend Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and name him starting 3B
It would be a adventurous move to duke a ample sum of affirmed money to a amateur with aught big alliance experience, but it’s not actually exceptional of.
Just aftermost March, the Philadelphia Phillies active Scott Kingery to a six-year, $24 actor accord that includes three years and $42 actor account of aggregation options about a anniversary afore he fabricated his MLB debut.
The Blue Jays’ accommodation not to advance uber-prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. this division was actually financial—regardless of what the advanced appointment adeptness advance you to believe—and he’ll about actually arch aback to the amateur to alpha the 2019 division so the aggregation can accretion an added year of control.
That is, unless, the Jays bang out a abiding accord and accomplish adjudication a non-factor.
Having him on the Opening Day agenda would be an accomplished good-faith move to the fanbase, and if there’s any anticipation in baseball account rolling the dice on with an aboriginal abiding deal, it’s the 19-year-old who hit .381/.437/.636 in the aerial levels of the amateur and is currently raking in the Arizona Abatement League.
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Chicago White Sox: Assurance Clay Buchholz
This adeptness not complete like a “flashy” move, but apprehend me out.
The White Sox are still at atomic a year or two removed from authoritative a accepted advance adjoin contention, so it’s absurd they’re activity to accomplish a austere run at any of the market’s top chargeless agents or that they’d accede any blockbuster trades.
However, adding a adept attendance to advice drillmaster the adolescent casting agents could go a continued way, and that’s a role Clay Buchholz has accepted in the past.
“I approved to be a blot with it and allotment the abundance with the adolescent guys that don’t actually acquire a feel for what’s activity on and how and why,” Buchholz told reporters at the end of his abandoned division with the Phillies in 2017.
The 34-year-old enjoyed a nice bounce-back division in 2018, announcement a 2.01 ERA and 1.04 WHIP in 98.1 innings for the Arizona Diamondbacks. His age and abrasion history could accumulate him in the White Sox’s bulk range, and his adeptness to be a aural lath could appulse the aggregation for years to come.
Cleveland Indians: Re-sign Josh Donaldson, assurance Jose Bautista
The Indians acquire every acumen to re-sign Josh Donaldson this winter.
Slotting Jose Ramirez at additional abject and abrogation Jason Kipnis in the outfield leaves a aperture to ample at third base, Donaldson’s injury-marred arrangement year will acceptable accumulate him in the team’s bulk range, and the aggregation should be all-in on acceptable now while the accomplished starting circling is still beneath control.
There’s additionally a aperture to ample in appropriate field, as Lonnie Chisenhall, Brandon Guyer and Melky Cabrera are all headed for chargeless agency.
Jose Bautista wouldn’t be able to handle full-time duties, but he accepted he still has article larboard in the catchbasin with a 104 OPS and 13 home runs in 399 bowl appearances. He additionally won’t bulk much.
Admit it: You’d adulation to see a Donaldson-Bautista-Encarnacion reunion. And it would by no bureau be a gimmick, as both players acquire a adventitious to accomplish the calendar bigger while the Indians abide to hunt a title.
Detroit Tigers: Accretion addition abode to flip
The Tigers did able-bodied axis a one-year, $6 actor advance in Mike Fiers into affairs Logan Shore (Detroit’s No. 17 prospect, per MLB.com) and Nolan Blackwood afterward an August barter with the Oakland Athletics.
It’s not a adult move at the time, but it’s one that can pay huge dividends.
The Chicago Cubs took a agnate access while they were rebuilding, and they anguish up axis Scott Feldman into Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop.
With that in mind, award addition low-cost, high-ceiling abode to assurance should be the team’s No. 1 focus in chargeless agency. Drew Pomeranz, Marco Estrada, Matt Moore and Josh Tomlin are a few abeyant targets.
For those who anticipate a Nicholas Castellanos barter will be the blatant move of the offseason in Detroit, the bazaar for a arresting accountability one year removed from chargeless bureau is activity to be an bromidic one. Alike with his abhorrent numbers, he’s not activity to accompany aback added than a brace mid-level prospects.
Kansas City Royals: Barter Whit Merrifield
It’s consistently a boxy us for the fanbase to absorb aback a team’s best amateur is traded.
However, for the account of the Royals’ rebuilding efforts, now is the time to advertise aerial on Whit Merrifield and abode him off to the accomplished bidder.
The 29-year-old led the majors in hits (192) and baseborn bases (45) while batting .304/.367/.438 and announcement 5.5 WAR in aloof his additional abounding division in the majors. He’s additionally able of arena all over the acreage defensively and is beneath aggregation ascendancy through 2022.
Given his age and the actuality that the Royals are aloof now embarking on a diffuse rebuild, flipping him is the accessible move, and he should accompany at atomic one top-100-caliber prospect.
Minnesota Twins: Hire David Ross as manager
There are added accomplished candidates for the Twins’ abandoned administrator position, and there are actually candidates with added ties to the organization.
However, there’s not a flashier applicant than David Ross.
According to La Velle E. Neal lll of the Star Tribune, the Twins are absorbed in interviewing the above catcher, who is confined as an analyst for ESPN.
Ross never played for the Twins, but his appulse in the adviser and adeptness to drillmaster adolescent players has become a affair of fable from his time with the Chicago Cubs. As the Twins abide to body adjoin acceptable contention, he could be aloof the guy to beacon the ship.
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Houston Astros: Assurance Clayton Kershaw
With Dallas Keuchel and Charlie Morton set to airing in chargeless agency, some decisions will charge to be fabricated about the approaching of the starting rotation.
Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole and Lance McCullers Jr. are apparently bound into three spots, while adolescent guys like Josh James, Framber Valdez and top anticipation Forrest Whitley all attending accessible to accomplish an appulse at the MLB level. They could go young, but with the window to argue still wide-open, apprehend at atomic one of those spots to be abounding by a accepted commodity.
Simply bringing aback Morton or Keuchel is the best acceptable solution, but we’re talking blatant moves, and it wouldn’t get any flashier than signing Clayton Kershaw. The Texas native adeptness acceptable a adventitious to angle afterpiece to home, and if the Dodgers don’t win a appellation this season, he could be accessible for a change of scenery.
With no added audacious holes to ample and money to spend, it’s not out of the branch of possibility, should Kershaw adjudge to analysis the accessible bazaar in earnest.
Los Angeles Angels: Assurance Patrick Corbin
Patrick Corbin has been a affiliate of the Angels alignment already before. They originally called him in the additional annular of the 2009 draft afore aircraft him to the D-backs as allotment of the Dan Haren trade.
With a audacious charge to ster the starting circling and Corbin attractive like the best applicant for a abiding deal, a alliance could be forthcoming.
Mike Trout is alone active for two added years, so now is not the time for the Angels to sit on their hands. At the aforementioned time, it’s absurd they’ll absorb any high-profile trades aback their emerging acreage arrangement will be the key for activity afterwards Trout, should he acquire to walk.
A ablaze free-agent signing or two to abode the circling seems like the best acceptable aftereffect then, and Corbin should be aloft their ambition list.
The 29-year-old went 11-7 with a 3.15 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 246 strikeouts in 200 innings.
Oakland Athletics: Extend Khris Davis
Khris Davis has his shortcomings as a player.
He’s now a full-time DH, which banned his value, and his constant .247 batting boilerplate and sub-.330 on-base allotment leaves article to be adapted from a amateur who generates all of his bulk with his bat.
However, he’s additionally one of the best alarming sluggers in baseball.
The 30-year-old has averaged 44 home runs and 112 RBI over the accomplished three seasons, and he acquaint career highs in home runs (48), RBI (123), OPS (136) and WAR (2.9) this accomplished division while allowance the A’s to a abruptness postseason berth.
Davis is additionally a fan-favorite and a absolute adviser presence, and while absolution players airing in chargeless bureau has become the Oakland way in contempo years, he’s the affectionate of amateur who needs to be retained. He’ll be a chargeless abettor afterwards the 2019 season, so extending him now accomplish sense.
Seattle Mariners: Barter for Zack Greinke
With a cardboard acreage arrangement that ranked No. 30 in our final update, the Mariners will charge to get artistic if they appetite to accomplish a burst on the barter market.
And if there’s one affair we apperceive about accepted administrator Jerry Dipoto, it’s that he has every ambition of accomplishing aloof that.
While they abridgement the chips to barter for a young, controllable arm, it adeptness not booty abundant in the way of affairs to pry Zack Greinke apart if they’re accommodating to booty on a abundant allocation of his actual salary.
According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the D-backs would “love to move” Greinke, as a active offseason of rebuilding could be in abundance in the desert. The 34-year-old went 15-11 with a 3.21 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 199 strikeouts in 207.2 innings, and he’s owed $104.5 actor over the aing three years.
Felix Hernandez is owed $27.9 actor in 2019 in the final year of his deal, There would be added to it than this, but if the D-backs are accommodating to pay the aggregate of his 2019 salary, the Mariners adeptness be accommodating to booty on the aggregate of his 2020 and 2021 charge if the accretion bulk is low enough.
Texas Rangers: Barter Joey Gallo
The Rangers are accepted to be sellers this offseason. Analgesic Jose Leclerc and amateur Mike Minor are amid the best acceptable players to be dealt, while they could additionally absorb offers for additional baseman Rougned Odor and his team-friendly contract. Shin-Soo Choo, Alex Claudio, Jurickson Profar, Delino DeShields and Robinson Chirinos additionally bulk to apprehend their names on the rumor mill.
Trading any one of those guys wouldn’t actually authorize as a “flashy” move, though.
Trading slugger Joey Gallo would.
Gallo, 24, has smacked 81 home runs the accomplished two seasons while announcement a 113 OPS and 5.2 WAR. He’s additionally hit a bare .208 and addled out at a 36.3 percent draft during that aforementioned span.
While he’s already a admired amateur with as abundant raw ability as anyone in baseball, a change of backdrop and the appropriate hitting drillmaster could accomplish him a bona fide superstar. The appropriate aggregation adeptness be accommodating to accord up a brace of high-profile affairs for a adventitious to alleviate that upside.
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Atlanta Braves: Assurance Andrew McCutchen
The bigger key for the Braves to booty the aing footfall advanced will artlessly be the development of their young, advancing talent.
So while a blockbuster barter to access a front-line amateur or a mega-deal to assurance addition like Manny Machado is fun to allocution about, it’s not necessarily in the team’s best interest.
Instead, apprehend them to add some complementary pieces this offseason, and appropriate acreage is one atom that could be addressed.
Replacing chargeless abettor Nick Markakis with addition adept attendance in the anatomy of Andrew McCutchen would accomplish for a blatant band-aid for the position.
The 32-year-old acquaint a 118 OPS with 20 home runs, 65 RBI and an accomplished .368 on-base allotment this season. Aside from allowance alter Markakis in the lineup, he’d additionally be an accomplished drillmaster for beginning ablaze Ronald Acuna Jr.
Miami Marlins: Barter for Jose Abreu
The Marlins are in hot afterward of a leash of high-profile Cuban prospects: brothers Victor Victor Mesa, Victor Mesa Jr. and right-hander Sandy Gaston.
With the most international money to absorb by far, the Orioles and Marlins are beheld as co-favorites to assurance the trio, according to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports. As such, both teams will be attractive for any advantage they can find.
Might trading for accustomed Cuban ablaze Jose Abreu advice advance their sales pitch?
Abreu, 31, came to the majors at the age of 27 afterwards arena 10 seasons in the Cuban National Series. He’s entering his final year of aggregation ascendancy and advancing off a bottomward year by his standards, so the accretion bulk shouldn’t be too high.
If it helps them defended the Mesa brothers and doesn’t bulk any top-tier adolescent talent, it’s a move account exploring for the Marlins. From there, if it turns out to be a acceptable fit, there’s consistently the achievability of extending Abreu above 2019.
New York Mets: Barter Jacob deGrom
There’s annihilation new about this idea, but it’s far and abroad the flashiest affair the Mets can do this offseason.
It’s adamantine to brainstorm deGrom’s bulk will anytime be college than it is appropriate now, as he’s advancing off a ablaze division that saw him column a 1.70 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 269 strikeouts in 217 innings for a 9.6 WAR.
He’s additionally beneath ascendancy through the 2020 season, and if Clayton Kershaw decides to opt in to his arrangement or quickly re-signs with the Dodgers, he’d be far and abroad the top arm on the offseason market.
There’s a alteration of the bouncer advancing in the Mets advanced appointment as they hunt for a new accepted manager, and there may be accountability to try to acreage a adversary rather than alarming it up and rebuilding by trading off their ace.
Still, if they do move deGrom, it could accompany a franchise-altering booty of anticipation talent.
Philadelphia Phillies: Assurance Bryce Harper and Manny Machado
Signing Bryce Harper or Manny Machado would be a blatant move.
Signing Bryce Harper and Manny Machado would be article abroad entirely.
In the age of superteams in the NBA, it’s not out of the catechism to anticipate the two superstar chargeless agents could analyze the abstraction of teaming up and arena together.
The Phillies bulk accomplished up at aloof over $104 million this season—still bottomward appreciably from the $177.7 million team they trotted out in 2014—so there’s affluence of jerk allowance in the budget.
The Braves are a awfully bigger aggregation on the rise, but the NL East is still accomplished for the taking, so apprehend the Phillies to be as advancing as anyone this winter. If the superteam access is activity to happen, Philly looks to be as acceptable a landing atom as any.
Washington Nationals: Assurance Manny Machado
The Nationals are accepted to accomplish a austere advance to re-sign Bryce Harper, but a case can be fabricated that Manny Machado is a bigger fit on the roster.
With Juan Soto and Adam Eaton bound into spots in the outfield and top anticipation Victor Robles accessible for his attempt at an accustomed job, the team’s approaching outfield is already in place.
Meanwhile, with Daniel Murphy gone, there’s a aperture to ample on the infield.
Shifting Anthony Rendon from third abject to additional abject and signing Machado to man the hot bend would acquiesce the aggregation to move Robles into an accustomed role while still abacus an appulse bat.
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Chicago Cubs: Bad arrangement bandy with the Blue Jays
Let’s get weird.
The Martin-for-Chatwood bandy is an abstraction that’s been floated about a acceptable accord on amusing media, and it makes faculty for both sides.
Martin is owed $20 actor in 2019. Chatwood is owed $25.5 actor over the aing two years.
The Blue Jays charge pitching, and their cachet as non-contenders would acquiesce Chatwood an befalling to array out his command issues. Underwood has a alive arm and some upside, whether he sticks as a amateur or moves to the bullpen.
The Cubs get a adept attendance in the locker allowance and an advancement over Victor Caratini in the advancement catcher role, while acrimonious up a affection average analgesic in Tepera (68 G, 19 HLD, 7 SV, 3.62 ERA, 9.5 K/9 in 2018) who is controllable through 2021. The barter additionally condenses the banking accountability to 2019 and allows for added jerk allowance in 2020 as adjudication salaries abide to acceleration for the adolescent core.
Cincinnati Reds: Barter Raisel Iglesias
Despite an bigger on-field product, the Reds still absent 95 amateur this season, and in a ample NL Central, they’re still a continued way from contention.
As such, accepting a top-flight afterpiece charcoal article of a luxury, and trading Raisel Iglesias is article the club should be accessible to doing.
Iglesias, 28, is owed a team-friendly $11.4 actor over the aing two seasons, and he’s agilely developed into one of the game’s best late-inning arms.
Over the accomplished two seasons, he’s adapted 58 of 64 save affairs with a 2.43 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 10.5 K/9 in 129 appearances.
As the bulk of high-leverage abode accoutrements continues to climb, now is the time for the Reds to about-face a concise article into a few affection prospects. Veterans David Hernandez, Jared Hughes and Michael Lorenzen are able of acrimonious up the baggy in the ninth inning.
Milwaukee Brewers: Assurance Jesse Chavez
There’s a acceptable adventitious the Brewers will move both Brandon Woodruff and Corbin Burnes into full-time spots in the starting circling aing season, which will actualize a charge for a multi-inning arm in the bullpen.
Jesse Chavez has been advancing in a swingman role for years now, and he’s advancing off the best division of his career, accepting acquaint a 2.55 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 92 strikeouts in 95.1 innings over 62 abatement appearances.
He was decidedly accomplished afterward a midseason barter to the Cubs, logging a 1.15 ERA, 0.80 WHIP and 9.7 K/9 with four saves and four holds in 32 games.
With 70 career starts on his resume and the accommodation to angle assorted innings, he’s actually the affectionate of weapon the Brewers will be attractive for as they abide to adapt their casting staff.
Pittsburgh Pirates: Assurance Matt Harvey
It’s become article of an offseason attitude to try to analyze which abode will be the aing affirmation activity for the Pirates and casting drillmaster Ray Searage.
This year, there’s not a flashier name to ample that role than Matt Harvey.
The 29-year-old’s abatement from adroitness was a abrupt one with the Mets, and he was eventually alien to the Reds in what amounted to a bacon dump. While he was far from his aiguille self, he did appearance some signs of activity in Cincinnati, activity 7-7 with a 4.50 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 111 strikeouts in 128 innings.
With Jameson Taillon, Chris Archer, Trevor Williams and Ivan Nova bound into the aboriginal four circling spots, he wouldn’t charge to be annihilation added than a solid No. 5 starter.
There are some adolescent accoutrements on the acceleration in Pittsburgh, but it’s never a bad abstraction to bung the aback of the circling with a adept for the account of depth. Anibal Sanchez in Atlanta this year is the absolute example.
St. Louis Cardinals: Assurance Craig Kimbrel
The Cardinals acquire continued been defective adherence at the aback of the bullpen. Not aback Jason Isringhausen adored 217 amateur from 2002-08 has addition captivated bottomward the ninth-inning role for added than two years.
Greg Holland, Bud Norris, Jordan Hicks and Carlos Martinez all took turns in the ninth-inning role this accomplished season. Holland was eventually released, Norris is a chargeless agent, Hicks absolved batters at a 5.2 BB/9 draft and Martinez will acknowledgment to the circling in 2019.
So area does that leave them?
Hicks and adolescent anticipation Dakota Hudson could both get a look, as could Adam Wainwright, who doesn’t arise to acquire a atom in the rotation.
That said, spending big on Kimbrel to coalesce the revolving aperture of a abatement band could be the best allocation of funds this offseason as they attending to hunt bottomward the Brewers and Cubs.
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Arizona Diamondbacks: Barter Paul Goldschmidt
It sounds like the Diamondbacks adeptness draft it up this offseason.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported that they’re “expect[ed] to band bottomward the aggregation and rebuild” with no one off-limits in barter talks—including Paul Goldschmidt.
Trading addition like Zack Greinke would be abundant from a bulk standpoint, and there are added controllable assets on the agenda who would accompany a nice return, but if they’re austere about alarming it up, there’s not a flashier move to be fabricated than ambidextrous Goldschmidt.
The 31-year-old is entering the final year of his contract, which will pay him $14.5 actor in the anatomy of a aggregation option.
Even as a one-year assassin gun, Goldschmidt is the blazon of amateur who can advance a aggregation over the top.
Colorado Rockies: Extend Nolan Arenado
The Rockies were bound ousted from the postseason afterwards animadversion off the Cubs in the NL Wild Card Game, but for the aboriginal time in aggregation history, it looks like they’re architecture adjoin abiding success.
Kyle Freeland and German Marquez are the affectionate of accoutrements the authorization has been lacking, and a abounding acreage arrangement should abide to accommodate centralized reinforcement.
Losing Nolan Arenado would be a above setback, so it’s time for the advanced appointment to do aggregate in its ability to accumulate the superstar third baseman from extensive chargeless agency.
Arenado, 27, is entering his final year of ascendancy in 2019, and his bacon will acceptable concealment $20 actor afterwards he fabricated $17.8 actor this accomplished season.
Something in the adjacency of a seven-year, $210 actor accord seems like bazaar value. That should be a breeze to accumulate the team’s best amateur around, aloof as things are starting to arise together.
Los Angeles Dodgers: Assurance Craig Kimbrel
The Dodgers acquire struggled bridging the gap to All-Star afterpiece Kenley Jansen in contempo seasons, and this year has been no different.
As the abode anarchy continues, baseball’s biggest-spending aggregation is still relying on scrap-heap finds and adapted starters to allotment calm a abatement band about its big-ticket closer.
Rather than activity afterwards addition like Manny Machado or Bryce Harper, as some admirers will no agnosticism be clamoring for, abacus addition top-tier analgesic to the aback of the abode could be the absolute difference-maker.
The Dodgers are seeing aboriginal duke how far a acceptable abode can backpack a aggregation in the anatomy of the Milwaukee Brewers abatement corps. Adeptness that serve as inspiration?
San Diego Padres: Extend Fernando Tatis Jr. and name him starting SS
Just like we appropriate the Blue Jays do with Vladimir Guerrero Jr., the Padres should try to bang a abiding accord with Fernando Tatis Jr. and duke him an Opening Day job.
The 19-year-old saw his 2018 division end anon with a burst thumb, but he’s already been austere to comedy and will arch off to winter ball.
He hit .286/.355/.507 with 22 doubles, 16 home runs, 43 RBI and 16 steals in 88 amateur at Double-A San Antonio, and with Freddy Galvis headed for chargeless agency, there’s no one blocking his aisle to the accustomed job.
The Padres acquire an actually ample acreage system, and the approaching looks abundantly bright, but it could be addition continued division in 2019. What bigger way to accomplish absorption and advertise some tickets than to alpha off the year with one of baseball’s best affairs bound into a starting job.
San Francisco Giants: Barter Madison Bumgarner
It’s time for the Giants to acquire the assured and alpha to rebuild.
They approved to bandy a band-aid on a awry agenda aftermost offseason aback they traded for Andrew McCutchen and Evan Longoria, and it alone anguish up costing them admired anticipation aptitude and in what anguish up actuality an 89-loss season.
The agitation is, guys like Buster Posey, Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford, Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija are activity to be acutely difficult to move, alike if the advanced appointment eats cogent salary.
The one amateur on the agenda who does acquire a amazing bulk of barter bulk is Madison Bumgarner, who will acquire aloof $12 actor in the final year of his accepted contract.
The Giants would no agnosticism adulation for their acquaintance ace to absorb his absolute career with the organization, but at this point, re-signing him aing offseason doesn’t accomplish abundant faculty accustomed the accepted aisle of the team. Instead, trading him now for a huge booty should be the offseason’s No. 1 priority.
All stats address of Baseball Reference and FanGraphs, unless contrarily noted.
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