MLB Free Agency is basically in the books, however there are still some notable guys available on teams’ radars. The best players have either re-signed with their teams from last season or moved on to new chapters in their careers by heading elsewhere. Those departed players include names like Mark Melancon, Dexter Fowler, Edwin Encarnacion, and many more. Here are the best signings of this MLB offseason:
1. Indians sign Edwin Encarnacion – 3 years, $60M: This deal was shocking to some, as the Indians were expected to bring back their DH of last season, Mike Napoli. This is a huge loss for the Blue Jays because Encarnacion was so consistent for them offensively over the last few seasons. He will, however, fit in just right with the Indians; a fantastic signing for the 2016 AL Champs.
2. Giants fill closer need with Mark Melancon – 4 years, $62M: The Giants blew 30 saves last year, and it also cost them in the postseason, as they had a late collapse in Game 4 of the NLDS against the Cubs. Melancon brings a ton to the Giants bullpen, most importantly, making them a lot less vulnerable at the end of games. The Nationals, on the other hand, will surely miss him.
3. Mets re-sign OF Yoenis Cespedes – 4 years, $110M: The Mets needed for this to happen, as they could’ve been a somewhat desperate outfield without Yoenis Cespedes. Cespedes has played his best ball in his last one-and-a-half seasons with the Mets. Their rotation could be the best in baseball when healthy, and Cespedes brings so much to an offense in New York that needs it.
4. Cardinals steal Fowler away from Cubs – 5 years, $82.5M: Most think that the Cardinals got Fowler at a great price, as he was expected to be within $90M contract-wise. They needed a more athletic outfielder, and with this, they got one. They are adding a veteran outfield to a young core in the outfield with Randal Grichuk, Stephen Piscotty, and Tommy Pham. Nice move here by the Redbirds.
5. Yankees get Aroldis Chapman back after stint with Cubs – 5 years, $86M: The Yankees have many question marks within their starting rotation; they will once again try and shorten games with Dellin Betances and Chapman in the bullpen for them. Chapman brings a lot, and the Yanks got him at good value, as most expected him to be at $100M.
Three Under-The-Radar deals:
- Carlos Beltran to Astros at 1 year, $16 million
- Jason Castro to Twins at 3 years, $24.5 million
- Colby Rasmus to Rays for 1 year, $5 million
All in all, it was a great offseason in the MLB. So many more signings could be put on this piece; the Dodgers deals were great as well! Looking forward to producing many more MLB pieces leading up to the 2017 season, loads of fun!