The MLB off-season is in full swing and we have already seen a number of game changing moves. Whether we look at the crazy free agent signings or massive blockbuster trades, this one will be extremely memorable for all involved. Some huge names have already joined new clubs and have shifted the entire dynamic of their teams. While some fans will be ecstatic with the moves that their teams made, others will be extremely disappointed. That is the absolute beauty of the MLB; no one can determine what will actually occur. Despite how many stats everyone can analyze, it all comes down to big players making big plays in big moments.
With all that stated, in this article, we will be looking at ten moves made this off-season that were abysmal, and five that were extremely smart. This article may end up triggering some baseball fans because they will recognize how bad their teams have messed up already this off-season. The names on this list will all be very familiar and moves that definitely will make you think more in depth about what has occurred. At the end of the day, every one of these moves will impact the MLB and could even lead a team to a World Series Championship. Yet, others could end up being extremely detrimental.
Nonetheless, let’s look at the ten bad moves and five smart moves made by MLB teams this off-season!
15 Bad Move: Red Sox Not Signing J.D. Martinez
The Boston Red Sox need a power bat in their lineup and have yet to find one since David Ortiz has retired. Ortiz was the face of the franchise and his offence was the main reason why the Red Sox won the World Series three times during his tenure. Last season was a disappointment for the club because their lack of offence hurt them.
This off-season, the Boston Red Sox have been aggressively pursuing J.D. Martinez and rightfully so. Martinez is coming off an amazing year where he hit over 40 home runs and that is something the Red Sox desperately need. Yet, the Red Sox are currently messing up negotiations and Martinez is reportedly losing patience. If they lose their chance, this will be a bad off-season.
14 Bad Move: Pittsburgh Pirates Trade Andrew McCutchen
The Pittsburgh Pirates were once a team that was seen as having a bright future. After years of struggling, the Pirates had finally built a team full of star players and seemed like they could even be a contender. Yet, they started to fall off again due to poor decisions by management.
This off-season, the Pittsburgh Pirates officially entered the bottom half of the league again and traded away star players. Yet, the worst move they made was trading away franchise player Andrew McCutchen to the San Francisco Giants. This was truly a depressing move for the fans of Pittsburgh because McCutchen was their star.
13 Good Move: Mets Sign Todd Frazier
The New York Mets made it clear that they wanted to add offence to their roster this season because they knew it was what hurt them this past year. The Mets were very aggressive in the free agency period and they managed to sign power bat Todd Frazier. Although he hits for low average, they finally have a real cleanup hitter.
This is a move that is a bit of a gamble, but Todd Frazier should end up being a solid signing for the New York Mets. When Frazier is on his game, he becomes one of the most dangerous power hitters in all of baseball. The Mets have needed a power bat for quite some time and this could end up being a marvellous move.
12 Bad Move: Cardinals Trade Stephen Piscotty
The St. Louis Cardinals has a very disappointing season this past year and everyone knew that change was coming. The Cardinals are a baseball team that always strive for the playoffs, but they failed miserably. Their past roster simply did not have the skill to carry them to the fall classic and that was surprising.
Yet, the St. Louis Cardinals made a huge blunder when they decided to move young outfielder Steve Piscotty. Although Piscotty had a down year this past season, he has shown signs of being a productive player. This could end up being a massive mistake by the Cardinals, especially if Piscotty finds his game.
11 Bad Move: San Diego Padres Trade For Chase Headley
The San Diego Padres have been at the bottom of the MLB for far too long and they have been aggressive this free agency period because of that. The Padres need to build a strong roster around Wil Myers if they ever want to find the playoffs themselves in the playoffs again.
Yet, one strange move that the San Diego Padres decided to make was trading for Chase Headley. Although Headley was a solid player for the Padres a few years ago, he is no longer the same player and carries a bad contract. The Padres are a low budget team, so it was not smart for them to waste their cash on a player like Headley.
10 Good Move: Brewers Sign Lorenzo Cain
The Milwaukee Brewers had a very good season this past year and made it clear that they were going to be aggressive this off-season. The Brewers were in talks with just about every top free agent and that is a good sign for a team that tends to stay rebuilding. It is about time that the Brewers push for success.
The Milwaukee Brewers made a very smart signing when they picked up Lorenzo Cain. Cain is a very effective contact hitter who also is an outstanding fielder. Although he may not have been the flashiest free agent available, he was a top notch pickup and one that could help turn the Brewers into a legitimate contender.
9 Bad Move: Marlins Trade Giancarlo Stanton
This is by the stupidest move made by Derek Jeter with the Miami Marlins, but also the most infuriating. The Marlins decided to part ways with Giancarlo Stanton and Trade him to everyone’s most hated team, the New York Yankees. The package they got in return was atrocious and it was clear that Jeter was helping out his old club.
The Miami Marlins have set them back immensely by trading Giancarlo Stanton and will not find a way to replace him for years, if not decades. Stanton’s power is once in a generation like and it is truly disappointing that they decided to trade him. Miami has made themselves a team that literally no one will want to join.
8 Bad Move: Dodgers Re-Sign Chase Utley
Chase Utley has had a spectacular MLB career and will always be remembered for outstanding he was with the Philadelphia Phillies. Utley has been able to play in the MLB for so long because of his conditioning and his leadership qualities. Yet, it is completely shocking to see that the Los Angeles Dodgers have decided to give Utley a two year deal.
Chase Utley is not the same player he used to be and was far below average last season. It is shocking that the Dodgers are willing to give a roster spot to him instead of allowing a younger player to play or signing someone else. I understand that Utley is great for the locker room, but he is not good anymore.
7 Good Move: Astros Trade For Gerrit Cole
The Houston Astros had an unbelievable season this year and finally won the World Series. This is a team that is full of superstars and will likely be at the top of the league for quite some time. Having young stars like Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa means that they will have their core for the long term as well.
With the Astros potentially turning into a dynasty, they made a huge move and traded for Gerrit Cole. Cole has been a stellar pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates since his career has taken off and now r will have the chance to win. The Astros are extremely scary from this move.
6 Bad Move: Rays Trade Evan Longoria
After a few years of struggling to compete, the Tampa Bay Rays put up a fairly solid season last year. Although they did not make the playoffs, they definitely showed signs of progression and very could have eventually been a top tier team. Yet, the Rays’ management made an atrocious move that will set them back.
The Tampa Bays shockingly traded away franchise player Evan Longoria to the San Francisco Giants. This is a move that is extremely hurtful for Tampa fans because not only did they lose their best player, but it also signified the end of an era. This is a move that did not need to be made because the Rays looked good again.
5 Bad Move: Marlins Trade Christian Yelich
The Miami Marlins have completely destroyed their roster this off-season and had no legitimate reason to. The Marlins were on the cusp of a playoff berth last season and really only needed one or two more star players to help their chances of winning. Yet, they blew up their roster and will be most likely the worst team in the entire MLB.
The first idiotic move they made was trading star player Christian Yelich to the Milwaukee Brewers. Yelich is still young enough to grow into an even better baseball player and could helped the Miami Marlins immensely over the years. Yet, the Marlins now have moved him and have a massive hole in their lineup.
4 Good Move: Cardinals Trade For Marcell Ozuna
The Miami Marlins made another bad decision when they traded Marcell Ozuna to the St. Louis Cardinals. Yet, this move is extremely good for the Cardinals because they have finally added a solid power bat to their lineup and a player they can centre their team around. This is something they have desperately needed.
Marcell Ozuna will end up being a huge difference maker for the St.Louis Cardinals and could ultimately be the guy that leads them to the playoffs. He is still at an age where he is in his prime and now will have the chance to potentially win. St. Louis has improved immensely from the deal, while Miami continues to drop.
3 Bad Move: Chicago Cubs Sign Yu Darvish
The Chicago Cubs had a fairly disappointing season this past year and wanted to be very aggressive with the free agent market. The Cubs will look to win another World Series and be the team they were back in 2016. Yet, for this to occur, they need to build a new roster and sign some strong players to help them rise.
They made their big major splash this off-season and signed Yu Darvish. Although this looks good on paper, this could end up being a massive mistake. Darvish struggled immensely in the World Series last year with the Dodgers. If he continues this failure, he very likely could end up being a waste of money for Chicago.
2 Bad Move: Mets Signing Adrian Gonzalez
The Los Angeles Dodgers made a shocking move when they traded away Adrian Gonzalez and his abysmal contract to the Atlanta Braves. This was a smart move by Los Angeles because they got rid of a player who is entirely out of his prime and who was eating up their payroll. The Braves also released him, so they were smart too.
This seemed like the end of Adrian Gonzalez’s career, but the New York Mets made a crazy decision and signed the struggling first basemen. Although the contract is short, this is a poor move by the Mets because they could scored a far better player. Now Gonzalez is somehow likely to be a starter for the team.
1 Good Move: Angels Sign Shohei Ohtani
The Los Angeles Angels made it clear last year that they want to be a strong team again. With Mike Trout on their roster as the best player in baseball, they need to find a way to bring in talent around him. They cannot waste his prime years and they will not ever find a player to replace his skill. So when the Angels signed Shohei Ohtani, they struck gold.
Ohtani will end up being an absolute superstar in the MLB because of not only his velocity as a pitcher, but power as a hitter. This is a player who will completely shock the MLB world and the perfect guy to help Trout. This also is a spectacular move by the Angels because they now will be a place people will want to play for.