The GM Meetings wound up last week, and a few noteworthy transactions occurred, as the offseason starts to gain momentum and the news becomes prolific. Toronto made a significant splurge, which almost certainly ends Edwin Encarnacion’s tenure north of the bored, when they signed Kendrys Morales to a 3-year deal.
Given his lack of playing time in any other position, it is very hard to envisage the slugger playing anywhere but DH, as was the case with Encarnacion. Another team to get it’s offseason transactions moving early, was Atlanta who signed RA Dickey and Bartolo Colon to deals, which definitely bolsters their rotation.
Colon in particular, has been very good the last few seasons, despite entering his age 44 season. Dickey is a reliable innings eater, with a consistent 200+ frame per season track record. Despite these veteran additions, Atlanta appear to be in the market for another high-end rotation member, via the trade market.
Seattle also continued their tinkering with the roster, by dealing the minor-leaguer Paul Blackburn, who was acquired at the deadline along with Dan Vogelbach for Danny Valencia of Oakland. Valencia appears to be an ideal platoon partner for Vogelbach at 1st while also spelling the corner-outfielders, being used as a DH or standing in at 3B should the need arise.
Blackburn meanwhile may be a useful arm in the future for the A’s who need as much depth as they can get. In another interesting swap, Howie Kendrick was shipped to Philadelphia for infielders Darren Ruf and Darnell Sweeney, with the latter returning to the Dodgers for a second tenure. In other news, quite astoundingly, both Neil Walker and Jeremy Hellickson accepted the 17.2M$ qualifying offers and are set to remain with their respective clubs, the Mets and the Phillies, another season.
Finally, in the news, Houston struck a deal with Charlie Morton, an injury-prone ground-ball pitcher, which could turn out to be a bargain in the pitcher-friendly park at Houston.
It is also awards season in the MLB, with Dave Roberts of the Dodgers and Terry Francona of the Indians taking out managers of the year. While Porcello of the Red Sox and Scherzer of the Nationals won the Cy Young awards. The Dodgers Corey Seager and Tigers Michael Fulmer, took out the Rookie of Year awards.
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