This offseason feels ripe for bold maneuvers. The financial landscape of the game has never been more uncertain, leading to a lot of speculation as to which teams will be spending money and which ones will shed it. It is hard to imagine that there will be strong competition for free agents this winter, but it is safe to say that there will be a lot of “weirdness” going down in this offshin. I mean, a 76-year-old Hall of Fame manager has already been kicked out of retirement. We are off to a good start.
You want bold? Yankees pull a blockbuster. Glibber Torres’ unassisted at rightstop, right-handed left tackle needed to balance the heavy lineup, and jumping in front of the shortstop market the following year, he traded Cleveland to Francisco Lindor with the intention of signing him. Long term deal. Torres, Clint Frazier and young Pieters are part of the package known to the Indians.
Trevor Bauer actually signs a one-year contract. In September, he went back on his long-term desire to sign such a small deal, and it never sounded like a particularly fair strategy … but given the unpredictability of the market this year , Even though he is unanimously the best starting pitcher available, I would venture a bold guess that Bauer only goes for a year and tries again in 2021.
More unrest between Nolan Arenado and Rocky is not a bold prediction. water is wet. The sun is hot But this winter both parties finally take a clean break and the Colorado Star deals with the third baseman … the White Sox. With the return of Tony La Rope to Chicago is already very strange, so why should some valuable young players not deal in exchange for an associate star? (Which could come out of its hefty deal after 2021, but after a bad season it’s hard to know what will be played outside.)
The Indians will trade a blockbuster this winter, but will not include star shortstop Francisco Lindor. Instead, Cleveland will deal with Jose Ramirez, who will make a strong return as a switch-hit third baseman. The Indians waited a long time for Lindor to get the maximum price in a deal.
Ramirez has club options for both 2022 ($ 11 million) and 2023 ($ 13 million), meaning that the team he goes to will be in the AL MVP Finals at an affordable price for a player over the next three seasons may involve. Last four years. The third baseman’s free-agent classes over the next few seasons are not that deep, especially when compared to a loaded group of shortstops coming to market next winter. Teams should be ready to meet the potential demands that Cleveland would certainly call for Ramirez. Of course, the Indians will run away with their best hitter after a year with their offense finishing second in the AL (86 OPS +). His top prospect, third baseman Nolan Jones, is the obvious choice to replace Ramirez if they tackle him.
The Cardinals will trade for Francisco Lindor. St. Louis scored the second-fewest runs in the National League last year and shortstop Paul De Jong hit the .250 / / 322 / .349 slash line with just three home runs in 45 games. When the team rejected Kolten Wong’s 2021 substitute, De Jong could reach second base to make room for Lindor, who was set to hit free agency after the 2021 season. The Cardinals certainly have the capital to lure Cleveland into making a deal, as some combinations of Nolan Gorman, Matthew Libertore, Evan Herrera and Zac Thompson should suffice for a comeback.
The Yankees’ young core has led the way for four straight playoff performances, but the franchise appears a bit at a crossroads. I think they are going to trade grilled torlers And Catch Gary Sanchez. Aaron Boone has concerns about the depth and defense of the club. Is Torres a permanent shortstop? Can Sanchez be trusted? Each postseason reveals another rift in the Yankees’ roster.
Brian Cashman has a lot of options to play in order to splash. New York could sack Sanchez and chase JT Realmuto in free agency, and perhaps Torres or Luke Voit could be tackled in search of pitching depth. Bringing largely the same roster back in 2021 feels a bit unstable after the most recent playoffs.