How to make the most of the MLB’s free-agent period
The MLB free-agency period has been the biggest sellers this offseason, with teams slashing payrolls in hopes of adding some depth.
Some teams have even made some deals with their own homegrown players in an attempt to add some depth to their rosters.
The only way to get depth is to make some big deals, but with the glut of free agents coming into the league, it’s hard to see teams making too many big deals in the offseason.
Here are 10 reasons why the free-agents of this offseason are shaping up to be the most interesting to watch for a long time.
A new system.
The Yankees made a significant splash when they signed lefty Andrew Miller.
He was the first player they signed and they signed him for $16 million over five years.
They paid him $17 million in 2019 and $19 million in 2020.
He’s still owed about $40 million over the next four seasons.
He could be a nice addition to a bullpen that has a number of veterans, including Chris Young, Joe Girardi, and Scott Kazmir.
Miller’s $16.4 million salary for 2021 and 2022 would be a huge increase over the $15.8 million he was paid in 2019, so it would be easy to see a big payday for Miller next season.
A lot of teams are in desperate need of starting pitching.
The AL East has some of the deepest rotations in the league.
The Rangers and Rays are the only teams that have three starting pitchers on the mound each year.
It’s a difficult situation to be in with just three starting arms on the roster, and if you add another one to the mix, that becomes even more difficult.
That’s why the Yankees have so much talent coming into this offseason.
Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion both have great stuff and are hitting the ball well, and Alex Rodriguez could provide the Yankees some big power.
The problem for the Yankees is that they have so many starting pitchers that have been struggling to stay healthy.
The most important position for a team is right field.
The DH position has been an open question for years, with several teams cutting payrolls to get some of their starting pitching and players to the big leagues.
The Cubs and Red Sox have done it before, but they’ve been a bit stingy.
With the Yankees, they are making a big push to add a DH, and it’s going to be interesting to see if they can add one of their own this offseason to take the spot that Chris Sale and Brian McCann both left for free agents.
The Astros are one of the few teams that could use some depth on their rotation, especially in the outfield.
Their top three starters in Austin Barnes, Jhoulys Chacin, and Mark Appel are all 29 or younger.
Barnes is 28, and Chacoutin is 26, so they have plenty of young talent in the rotation and outfield.
The question for the Astros is whether they can keep the young arms around for the long haul, or if they could move some of them around in the minors.
That will be an important decision to make going forward.
A strong offense.
The Red Sox were the only team to win the AL East in 2018, but their offense hasn’t been much better this year.
Their offense was in the middle of the pack last year, but it dropped down a few spots after they traded away All-Star David Ortiz.
They finished the season with the fifth-worst offense in the AL, with a .256 batting average and .227 slugging percentage.
They also finished the year with the second-worst batting average in the majors.
If they can improve their offense, they will be in good shape heading into the season.
They won’t be the biggest team in the division, but the Red Sox are a contender in the East, and they have the talent to compete with any team in baseball.
A stronger bullpen.
The Twins are a team that will look to make a significant run at the playoffs this year, and that will mean bringing back several starters.
The bullpen has been a huge problem in recent years, as the Twins have lost starters such as Jose Berrios, Ryan Madson, and Ryan Madsen to free agency.
The organization will likely need to keep at least one starting pitcher, as they have been rebuilding the bullpen for the last few years.
More homegrown players.
The Blue Jays signed reliever Matt Harvey to a four-year, $27 million deal.
They signed right-hander Mike Napoli to a three-year deal.
Righty Matt Garza is 26 and is expected to be an excellent reliever in Toronto.
Right-hander Francisco Liriano, 24, was signed to a five-year contract last offseason, and he will be a strong option in the bullpen.
He also could be useful in relief in a few years, and the Twins will need