There are nonetheless a smattering of gamers on the open market, however on the entire, a lot of the main strikes have been made — now that Carlos Correa has lastly, formally, signed. Every team has a minimum of added one thing.
So as we begin making inroads into this new 12 months, and with Spring Training solely (gasp!) a month away, let’s check out each team’s most intriguing offseason acquisition.
Blue Jays: OF Daulton Varsho
Acquired in a enjoyable little problem commerce sneaked in proper earlier than the brand new 12 months, Varsho offers the Blue Jays a desperately wanted left-handed batter, in addition to some defensive assist within the outfield. But was final 12 months the brand new normal for him, or the outlier?
Orioles: RHP Kyle Gibson
Sure, Orioles followers needed extra, and it is tough to disagree with them. But there is not any query this team wanted some starting-pitching stability, and Gibson ought to completely give them that. You can let the younger youngsters have their rising pains if Gibson can pile up the innings and supply some veteran management. But will he?
Rays: RHP Zach Eflin
The Rays, as standard, did not add a bunch this offseason, however Eflin is a enjoyable, curious little addition. He appeared to discover a new gear as a reliever as final season got here to a detailed (and the Phillies made their postseason run), however he is slated as a starter for the Rays. Of course, no team blurs these traces between “starter” and “reliever” just like the Rays do.
Red Sox: LF Masataka Yoshida
It is not honest to Yoshida to count on him to exchange the manufacturing of the departed Xander Bogaerts. But amid questions on whether or not his sport will translate from Nippon Professional Baseball to the Majors, each Boston fan will likely be wanting for Yoshida to be a star from the get-go.
Yankees: LHP Carlos Rodón
Ordinarily, you would be a bit of involved about making this kind of dedication (six years, $162 million) to a man with the damage historical past of Rodón. But the Yankees desperately wanted one other starter, and for what it is value, if Rodón is what he was final 12 months, the Yankees’ rotation might have among the finest one-two punches in MLB.
Guardians: 1B/DH Josh Bell
This is strictly the kind of acquisition we have been wanting the Guardians to make, getting a man who can hit the darned ball with some authority. (Though it’d have been good if he had been an outfielder.) The actual query is which model of Bell the Guardians are getting. If they get the man who was a star for the Nationals final season — and never the man who struggled mightily after a commerce to the Padres — this lineup will attain one other stage.
Royals: LHP Ryan Yarbrough
Jordan Lyles is the most important title, equivalent to it’s, however Yarbrough is an intriguing expertise who seemed like he was ticketed for extra with Tampa Bay. Can he put it collectively in Kansas City?
Tigers: RHP Michael Lorenzen
Matthew Boyd’s return is the larger story, however frankly, after how the Tigers hit final 12 months, Lorenzen may assist their rotation and their lineup attributable to his expertise taking part in each methods.
Twins: SS Carlos Correa
It actually took an entire wild set of circumstances to get up to now — Correa has now agreed to 4 totally different contracts with three totally different groups over the previous 14 months — however the Twins now have their lineup centerpiece. And this time, they know he’s staying longer than one 12 months.
White Sox: RHP Mike Clevinger
He nonetheless hasn’t recovered from all these accidents, however the White Sox, having confronted him with Cleveland, bear in mind in addition to anybody what he seemed like earlier than they occurred.
Angels: INF Brandon Drury
Drury was sneakily among the finest tales in baseball for some time final 12 months, and he is arguably on the peak of his profession. As all the time, the pitching is the problem, however hold everybody wholesome, and this lineup might be scary.
Astros: 1B Jose Abreu
You would not suppose the two-time World Series champions would want lots of veteran management, however they positive bought it within the beloved Abreu. Now, let’s simply be certain he retains hitting like he has been.
Athletics: CF Esteury Ruiz
One-dimensional speedster? Or potential phenom who may explode into one thing greater? The A’s will present the right state of affairs to find the reply.
Mariners: 2B Kolten Wong
Teoscar Hernández is clearly the larger title, however the veteran Wong may assist each stabilize the infield protection and quietly present a mix of OBP and pop.
Rangers: RHP Nathan Eovaldi
Jacob deGrom is the star, however the success of the Rangers might come down as to if or not Eovaldi can present the innings it positive appears to be like like this rotation goes to wish.
Braves: C Sean Murphy
He looks like such an ideal match for the Braves that it is nearly outstanding he did not play for them already. But what number of All-Stars can this team match at this level?
Marlins: INF Jean Segura
A strong participant, no query, and he is somebody who can elevate this lineup. But is there extra of a ceiling right here, at this level, than “veteran skilled?” Because this Marlins offense nonetheless wants greater than that.
Mets: RHP Kodai Seng
It may need been Correa had that occurred, however… you recognize. All advised, although, it could be a good suggestion to control the one member of the Mets’ rotation who will likely be youthful than 34 on Opening Day.
Nationals: 1B/DH Dominic Smith
His 2022 season was nightmarish, however he is nonetheless solely 27. This is strictly the kind of buy-low-on-a-sorta-young-player transfer that the Nationals should be making an attempt out proper now.
Phillies: RHP Craig Kimbrel
Trea Turner is the headliner, and he needs to be, however it is going to be fascinating to see which model of Kimbrel the Phillies are going to get.
Brewers: C William Contreras
We’re nonetheless not precisely positive how the Brewers caught their nostril within the Murphy sweepstakes and got here away with an All-Star catcher, nevertheless it may need been precisely what they wanted.
Cardinals: C Willson Contreras
The Cardinals have not actually made every other acquisitions, so it is clearly William’s brother right here. But this sibling rivalry goes to be fairly a blast on this division for the following few years.
Cubs: CF Cody Bellinger
At this level, now we have a reasonably good thought of what Dansby Swanson’s going to be. But the error bars on Bellinger are as huge as they’re for any participant in baseball in 2023.
Pirates: OF Andrew McCutchen
All proper, so Cutch returning to the Pirates is not fairly at a Pujols-back-to-St. Louis stage of emotional homecoming. But it is fairly shut! And within the context of the Pirates — for whom McCutchen is without doubt one of the finest 5 gamers previously 50 years of the franchise — it feels good. He’s nonetheless bought a lot to supply, too. Even in a “down” 12 months for him, his 17 homers in 2022 would have been second on the Pirates. It’s going to be so nice to see him in that uniform once more.
Reds: RF Wil Myers
Can you consider Wil Myers is barely 32? How is that potential? He appears to have a mid-level star 12 months each 4 years or so. Maybe that is a kind of.
D-backs: 3B Evan Longoria
The D-backs have the sensation of a team that is on the come-up, one that might very a lot profit from a grizzled veteran like Longoria.
Dodgers: OF Jason Heyward
JD Martinez is a simple transfer, however now we have to say, a company just like the Dodgers seeing one thing in Heyward positively will get you stroking your chin a bit of bit.
Giants: LF Michael Comfort
OK, so high quality, he is not Correa. But he was higher than Correa a number of years in the past, and he is the kind of high-upside play that makes lots of sense for the Giants.
Padres: DH Matt Carpenter
Expecting him to do what he did for the Yankees is unrealistic, except proper area at Petco simply moved ahead about 50 toes. But he was an MVP candidate not way back, and if he is proper, he makes this lineup downright terrifying.
Rockies: RHP Pierce Johnson
The Rockies have solely made two additions thus far this offseason, regardless of shedding 94 video games in 2022. Johnson missed a lot of 2022, however he was fairly good out of the Padres’ bullpen in 2020-21, in addition to the final postseason. So that is one thing.