Since the last big free agent name was signed, it is time to determine who actually won the offseason. There were many different teams that made a splash, whether through trade or free agent signings. Big names such as Jason Heyward, Justin Upton, and David Price have all made new homes in Chicago, Detroit, and Arizona respectively. I will just go through my personal list of teams that won.
Boston Red Sox: Some of you might forget that this team was extremely active in the first part of the offseason. Before they basically just shouted “CANNONBALL” and drenched the rest of the MLB teams, they added a lockdown closer in Craig Krimbel, signed another pitcher for their rotation in Chris Young, and then made perhaps the biggest splash in signing David Price. This team addressed its major concerns (and weren’t afraid to spend either) and should make a run in David Ortiz’s final MLB season. Even if they don’t, this team is going to have fun making Ortiz’s final season memorable.
Detroit Tigers: This team made one of the first signings of the season by signing Jordan Zimmermann to a five-year contract to anchor their rotation. They also helped out their offense by signing Justin Upton to a six-year contract to help out in the outfield and bring a steady bat to their already dangerous lineup. While this team made splashes here and there, their biggest move of the offseason might just be letting Justin Verlander get back to his MVP and Cy Young winning self. If he can get back to form, then Detroit might be ready to take back the American League Central.
Chicago Cubs: If you’re a Cubs fan, it’s time to get excited for baseball again. Despite falling short in their quest for the World Series, this team surprised everyone by just making a huge surge in September, led by Jake Arrieta and made baseball relevant on the North side again. Then they go out and swipe Jason Heyward from the rival St. Louis Cardinals and insert him into their up and coming lineup. He’s already an established and elite defender and he’s 26. Basically Chicago just asserted them as the dominant force in the National League Central. The NL central just got a hell of a lot more interesting.
San Francisco Giants: Well it’s an even year, so the Giants are going to win the World Series again right? Based on the moves they made, the Giants aren’t messing around. They gave Brandon Crawford a six-year extension after he blossomed last year. Then they went out and signed Jeff Samardzija and Johnny Cueto to a five-year and six-year contract respectively. So their rotation received two all-star caliber pitchers to back up Madison Bumgarner and Matt Cain. This team means business and the shockingly stacked National League West is set to be entertaining this year.
This is just my personal list of teams that won. Sure there could be arguments for the Mets and the Diamondbacks, but this is purely my opinion. Despite the fact that it is January and pretty cold out, the hot stove season burned brightly and gave everyone some much needed heat. Now can the season just hurry up?