You saw the title. First, Cespedes resigning with the Mets, then Mark Melancon signing with the Giants. There was also the Chris Sale trade, the Wade Davis trade, Chapman going back to the Bronx, and a trade that could likely be one of the worst trades in Nationals history. We’ll get into all that. Plus, you can’t forget about the rumors at the Winter Meetings too.
After all the rumors involving Yoenis Cespedes, he resigned with the Mets for 4 years and $110 million. Some may question whether he deserves all that money, but I think it’s worth it if it means 30 homers a year.
The Giants now look like some sort of contender after signing Mark Melancon 4 yrs and $62 million. Knowing them though, they will probably miss the playoffs either way because of well, the Even Year Curse happened to them.
Staying in the Bay Area, have you seen the Golden State Warriors superteam this year? Pretty deadly, if you ask me. I know, this is a baseball blog, but I’ll get to the baseball part of this in a second. Yankees GM Brian Cashman said that their baseball equivalent (as of now) happens to be the Boston Red Sox. You see, they got Chris Sale from the White Sox to pair him with the reigning AL Cy Young winner Rick Porcello, and a Beantown team highlighted by Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, Dustin Pedroia, Jackie Bradley Jr, and Craig Kimbrel. Did I also mention that David Price is in that same rotation too?! My goodness. I guess we’re bringing back the days of Barry Zito, Tim Hudson, and Mark Mulder all pitching for the A’s.
Good times. Soon enough, you’ll be seeing pictures of Price, Sale, and Porcello taking over Boston Sports Newspapers. Just as long as Chris doesn’t cut up anymore jerseys. On paper, they look like they’ll be playing the Cubs in the 2017 World Series. Why the Cubs exactly? Oh, they didn’t do anything special, other than trading for Wade Davis, and signing Koji Uehara to pair with Hector Rondon. Safe to say their bullpen is set for 2017, and you can’t forget about the Bryant-Rizzo led offense too.
The Cuban Missle is coming back to the Bronx. Yep, Aroldis Chapman is coming back to the Bombers. Cubs, do you regret giving away your prospects for him now? Hope you do, because you gave them to the Yankees pretty much for free. Yikes. Speaking of the Yankees, they overpaid $13 million for Matt Holliday, if you didn’t know about that already. Double Yikes. Continuing on with the Yanks, former Bronx Bomber Carlos Beltran signed a 1 yr $16 million contract with the Astros. Triple Yikes.
Meanwhile, what did the Nats do to get better? They traded two prospects, along with Lucas Giolito for Adam Eaton. Adam. Freaking. Eaton. You regret it yet Nationals? At least they traded for Derek Norris, but you lost out on Wilson Ramos in free agency.
Where did he go? Tampa Bay. Wilson Ramos is easily penciled in as the Rays starting catcher. They’re still not making the playoffs either way.
Ian Desmond signed a 5 year deal with the Rockies after a 22 homer season in Texas. If he plays like he did last season, then he could easily have 30 homers (taking into account the high elevation at Coors Field).
Finally, we have Dexter Fowler going to the Cardinals, after winning the World Series with the Cubs last October. Insteresting, considering that the two teams have a great rivalry between each other. Will this add fuel to the fire between them? Only time will tell.
Hopefully, time will tell where Edwin Encarnacion, Kenley Jansen, and others will sign. A little bit of a surprise to me.
That’s it for now. Until the next big move is made, we can still ponder about the destinations for the 2016-17 Free Agent Class.