If you’ve been keeping up with the baseball offseason this year, you know it’s been one of the craziest to date. From the New York teams switching money situations to the Dodgers and Cardinals making massive moves.
By far the biggest moves this offseason started with the Cardinals, Dodgers and Mets. The Dodgers made starting pitcher Trevor Bauer the highest paid player in 2021 at $40 million a year just ahead of slugger Mike Trout’s $37 million. This signing came as a surprise to some because Bauer was known to only sign 1-year contracts as he likes to keep his options open at all times. This year he chose a different route, opting to cash out on a stunning 3-year, $102 million dollar contract.
Next, the Mets acquired shortstop Francisco Lindor in a trade with the Cleveland Indians. They also managed to acquire starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco who had two 15+ win seasons in 2017 and 2018. Carrasco was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia in 2019 and has since made a full recovery. Lindor, a 4-time All Star and 2-time Gold Glove winner, was heavily sought after in the offseason, but it was the new Mets’ owner Steve Cohen, who was able to bring him to New York. Cohen also managed to reel in reliever Trevor May and catcher James McCann, both crucial signings for the Mets.
Another team that landed a superstar was the Cardinals. They gave the Colorado Rockies just 5 prospects, none of which hold a lot of value. In exchange, they received one of, if not the best 3rd baseman in the league, Nolan Arenado. Arenado, a 5-time All Star, 8-time Gold Glove winner and 4-time Silver Slugger, requested a trade just a few weeks away from Spring Training after he felt he was disrespected by the Rockies’ front office.
Other Notable Offseason Moves
Andrew Benintendi was traded to the Kansas City Royals, the Boston Red Sox received Franchy Cordero, Josh Winckowski, and three players to be named later, while the Mets received Khalil Lee.
Justin Turner returns to the Dodgers on a 2-year, $34 million dollar contract.
Elvis Andrus was traded to the Oakland Athletics. In return, the Texas Rangers received Khris Davis, Jonah Heim, and Dane Acker.
And Marcell Ozuna signs a 4-year, $65 million dollar deal with the Atlanta Braves.