Week in Review: Offseason Ramping Up

Source: Mitchell Layton/Getty Images
Source: Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

By Oliver Connolly, Editor-In-Chief

Each week we give a review of the main headlines and deals from the past week, allowing you to grab the notes and perspectives that may have slipped through your baseball net.

Key Deals:

The Tigers landed the biggest free agent splash thus far, handing Jordan Zimmermann a five-year $110m deal. Here are my key takeaways from the offseason’s largest deal so far.

The Blue Jays added J.A. Happ to their rotation on a three-year $36m deal. The move all but signals that David Price will not be returning to Toronto this winter.

Oakland and Houston agreed to a trade swapping SS/2B Jed Lowrie for right-hander Brendan McCurry. Lowrie has now been traded from the Astros to the A’s twice. The A’s are also thought to be attempting to move 3B Brett Lawrie.

Internal Links:

  • Our writers go round the table to give their thoughts on what one deal their favorite teams should make this offseason.
  • Patrick Brewer says Pedro Alvarez is the ‘most interesting’ non-tender candidate.
  • Here are five trades with think should happen at this year’s winter meetings.
  • With, seemingly, every team interested in signing prized free-agent David Price. We offer the five best teams in a position to add Price.
  • Adam Brown believes Tyson Ross and Starlin Castro are amongst the most interesting trade pieces this offseason.
  • Podcasts on our podcast network continue to run throughout the offseason. You can find them all here and make sure to send in your questions via twitter or email and them answered by each of our hosts.
  • We also have some exciting news coming down the line with regards to our podcasts. As we hit the winter meetings we’ll be adding two more shows to our lineup. Make sure you’re subscribed to hear the new shows before anyone.
  • Also, we’re still adding new writers as we go through the offseason. You can begin your baseball writing and talking career today with an MLB.com official affiliate. All the information and positions are available here.

External Links:

  • Buster Olney continues his countdowns of the top-ten players by position.
  • Tony Blengio believes the San Francisco Giants should pass on Zach Greinke. I respect his view-point, and he makes some very valid points in his piece. However, I firmly disagree.
  • Always a joy when Keith Law begins to ramp up his Draft coverage. Law shares his top-40 prospects at this point of the offseason.
  • Boy, was that three links in a row for the World Wide Leader in sports integrity? What am I doing?
  • A fascinating look at Wei-Yin Chin and the art of changing speeds.
  • Spencer Bingol digs into the numbers to explain Manny Machado’s breakout offensive season. I truly believe Machado ranks in the top-ten of “dude, I want that guy on my team so I can watch him day in and day out.” The ridiculosu defensive plays and a 134 WRC+ in 2015 make him an extraordinarily fun player.
  • Let me know in the comments section below who you think is the number one “dude, I want that guy on my team so I can watch him day in and day out.” let’s leave Mikey and Bryce out of this one.

All Moves/Deals:

 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2015
TEAM PLAYER TRANSACTION
Cleveland Indians Anthony Recker Signed to a Minor League Contract
Toronto Blue Jays J.A. Happ Signed as Free Agent, ( 2016-2018)(three-year contract)
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2015
TEAM PLAYER TRANSACTION
Atlanta Braves Joel De La Cruz Signed to a Minor League Contract
Kansas City Royals Wandy Rodriguez Released
Los Angeles Dodgers Matt West Signed to a Minor League Contract
Pittsburgh Pirates Curtis Partch Signed to a Minor League Contract
Toronto Blue Jays Matt Hague Cleared Waivers and Became a Free Agent
Toronto Blue Jays Matt Hague Signed to Play in Japan, (Hanshin Tigers)
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2015
TEAM PLAYER TRANSACTION
Atlanta Braves Bud Norris Signed as Free Agent, ( 2016)(one-year contract)
Baltimore Orioles L.J. Hoes Traded From from Astros, Houston (for cash considerations)
Baltimore Orioles Andy Wilkins Designated for Assignment
Chicago Cubs Rex Brothers Traded From from Rockies, Colorado (for LHP Wander Cabrera)
Chicago White Sox Alex Avila Signed as Free Agent, (one-year contract)
Cleveland Indians Michael Choice Designated for Assignment
Cleveland Indians Kirby Yates Traded From from Rays, Tampa Bay (for cash considerations)
Miami Marlins Adrian Nieto Signed to a Minor League Contract
Oakland Athletics Daniel Coulombe Designated for Assignment
Oakland Athletics Jed Lowrie Traded From from Astros, Houston (for RHP Brendan McCurry)
Pittsburgh Pirates Allen Webster Traded From from Diamondbacks, Arizona (for cash considerations)
Pittsburgh Pirates Jake Goebbert Signed as Free Agent, ( 2016)(one year contract)
Tampa Bay Rays Daniel Nava Refused Minor League Assignment – Free Agent
Tampa Bay Rays Brandon Gomes Refused Minor League Assignment – Free Agent
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2015
TEAM PLAYER TRANSACTION
Atlanta Braves Matt Tuiasosopo Signed to a Minor League Contract
Atlanta Braves Reid Brignac Signed to a Minor League Contract
Atlanta Braves Chase d’Arnaud Signed to a Minor League Contract
Baltimore Orioles Audry Perez Signed to a Minor League Contract
Baltimore Orioles Todd Redmond Signed to a Minor League Contract
Chicago White Sox Tommy Kahnle Traded From from Rockies, Colorado (for RHP Yency Almonte)
Cleveland Indians C.C. Lee Cleared Waivers and Became a Free Agent
Cleveland Indians C.C. Lee Signed to Play in Japan, (Seibu Lions)
Los Angeles Angels Geovany Soto Signed as Free Agent, ( 2016)(one-year contract)
New York Mets Stolmy Pimentel Signed to a Minor League Contract
Toronto Blue Jays Matt Hague Released
Toronto Blue Jays Scott Diamond Signed to a Minor League Contract
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2015
TEAM PLAYER TRANSACTION
Arizona Diamondbacks Carlos Rivero Signed to a Minor League Contract
Arizona Diamondbacks Kyle Drabek Signed to a Minor League Contract
Arizona Diamondbacks Matt Reynolds Signed, ( 2016)(avoids arbitration)
Atlanta Braves Brandon Snyder Signed to a Minor League Contract
Baltimore Orioles Steve Tolleson Signed to a Minor League Contract
Chicago Cubs Drew Rucinski Signed to a Minor League Contract
Chicago White Sox Phillippe Aumont Signed to a Minor League Contract
Colorado Rockies Brian Schlitter Signed to a Minor League Contract
San Diego Padres Johnny Hellweg Signed to a Minor League Contract
Seattle Mariners John Hicks Designated for Assignment
Seattle Mariners Chris Iannetta Signed as Free Agent, ( 2016)(one-year contract)
Tampa Bay Rays J.P. Arencibia Released
Toronto Blue Jays Casey Kotchman Signed to a Minor League Contract
Toronto Blue Jays David Adams Signed to a Minor League Contract
Washington Nationals Logan Schafer
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