Offseason Tracker

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This is the page where I will update you on every move of the MLB offseason. Every trade, signing, non-tender, qualifying offer and more will be tracked right here.


November 25, 2015


November 24, 2015


November 23, 2015

  • Seattle Mariners sign C Chris Ianetta to a 1 year, $4.25 million deal ($4.25 million club option for 2017) (Breakdown here)

November 20, 2015


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November 13, 2015


November 12, 2015


November 11, 2015


AJ Pierzynski Re-Signs for one year with the braves (11/11/15)

AJ Pierzynski is the first free agent to sign on the dotted line, even though he is not changing teams. The backstop has re-upped with Atlanta for one year, $3 million, with the possibility to get $1 million more dollars in incentives.

The Breakdown

I think that this is a very good deal for the Braves because they needed a catcher and clearly weren’t comfortable only having young backstop, Christian Bethancourt, on the roster. They are also getting him on a good deal. I had predicted that Pierzynski was going to get $6 million on the open market. This should also end the rumors of Matt Wieters coming to Atlanta, which I think is good for the team because they are clearly not ready to compete next season. Pierzynski gives the Braves a good mentor and some insurance for Bethancourt, and he could also be possible trade bait when the trade deadline rolls around in July.


Qualifying Offers Extended (November 7, 2015) 

Here are the qualifying offers that were extended to pending free agents. You can learn more about qualifying offers here.

There were a couple of mild surprises with starter Brett Anderson getting an offer, while proven players like Denard Span did not get an offer extended, which wills surely help his market. For most of these players, having draft pick compensation attached to them won’t make limit their market, but their are some free agents whose market could decrease after possibly turning down an offer. I predict that Ian Kennedy, Brett Anderson and Jeff Samardzija will get lower deals than they could have without accepting an offer. Now we just have to wait and see if any player will be the first ever to accept a qualifying offer.


Rays and Mariners Make First Trade of the Offseason (November 5, 2015)

Rays Receive: SS Brad Miller, 1B Logan Morrison, RP Danny Farquhar

Mariners Receive: SP Nate Karns, RP CJ Riefenhauser, Minor League OF Boog Powell

 

The Breakdown

In my opinion, the Mariners clearly won on this trade. Starting pitcher Nate Karns was the best player to move in this trade and I thought that the Rays could have gotten much more value here. Karns had a breakout season last year, pitching to a 3.67 ERA in 26 starts. I am also a fan of pitchers who have the stuff to strike out a lot of the hitters they face and Karns struck out 8.9 batters per one innings, which is exceptional for a starting pitcher. He is also controllable till 2021. The Rays were able to get three major league players in return, but I’m not a fan of Miller or Morrison. Miller’s value only really comes from his defense. He hit .258 last season with 11 home runs, and I don’t expect those numbers to improve. Morrison came up as a promising prospect, but has never met the potential that he once showed. He hit .225 with 17 hr last season, and while there still is power potential there, I don’t see a reliable major league hitter in Morrison. I like Farquhar as a bounce back candidate, even though his strikeout rate dropped from 10.2 to 8.5 last season, but I could still see him be a solid bullpen piece for the Rays. Overall, these three players do not meet the value that Karns had, and while the Rays expect many of their starters to get healthy, I think that they they could have gotten much better value for Karns than what they received.