Best and Worst of the 2010-11 MLB Offseason
A lot of our favorite players have changed teams in moves that have changed the wallets of our favorite teams.
While it is hard to predict what will happen this season, we can look at these new rosters and determine who made smart moves and who should have done more.
The team that looks the best coming out of the offseason: the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Phillies attacked and it paid off. Not only did they create one of the best rotations in baseball, now they have one of the games's greatest pitchers as well. The Phils were able to take Cliff Lee away from the Yankees. As a result, it looks like they're headed for a fifth straight division title (if not more).
The Phillies lost Jayson Werth to the Washington Nationals and chose to stick with Dominic Brown in right field rather than signing veterans Jeff Francoeur and Matt Diaz, but with three aces on their staff, the question of right field seems pretty insignificant.
The Boston Red Sox also reloaded this off season, adding a trio of superstars to their lineup.
Coming off a disappointing 2010 season, the Red Sox have a lot to look forward to. The additions of Carl Crawford, Bobby Jenks and Adrian Gonzalez make the Red Sox a favorite to topple the Rangers in the American League. If Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis can work themselves back to health this season, the Red Sox will be the team to beat in the always competitive AL East.
The Milwaukee Brewers made some key moves this offseason without losing anyone from last year’s lineup. They traded for Zack Greinke and Shawn Marcum, and re-signed Prince Fielder to a one-year, $15.5 million deal. With Greinke, Yovani Gallardo and Marcum, the Brewers’ rotation will feature three 2010 Opening Day starters, leading them in the right direction as they try to steal the National League title from the San Francisco Giants.
Not only did they miss out on Cliff Lee, Brian Cashman and Co. also suffered the indignity of watching Carl Crawford jump from the Rays to the Red Sox.
The Yankees didn’t make any moves this offseason to better the team, leaving a thin rotation behind C.C. Sabathia, Phil Hughes and A.J. Burnett. Sure, they'll have Mariano Rivera back and they signed flamethrower Rafael Soriano to play setup man, but Andy Pettitte just retired and the fans are upset.
We'll see how they feel once the season starts, but it doesn't look good. The rival Red Sox will definitely give the Yankees a run for their money this year.
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim were another team that had a lackluster offseason. Like the Yankees, they had a very quiet winter.
After the Angels lost out on Carl Crawford and Adrian Beltre they desperately traded two starting position players for ageing outfielder Vernon Wells. Wells can provide runs and defense, but his contract guarantees him another $86 million, which will have an effect on front office decisions for years to come.
Last year not one starting position player on the Angels exceeded his career OPS, exemplifying a startling team decline. The Angels really need Kendry Morales to step up next season and be a leader if they hope to be competitive.
The Los Angeles Dodgers may have made more deals this offseason than the Yankees and Angels, but they face problems that won't easily be solved.
The Dodgers have faced years of struggles trying to produce talented major league pitchers -- meanwhile, the rival Giants have been the best at doing so. The era of throwing money at top free agents has ended as well for the Dodgers, and they have little help at the top of their minor league system.
Yes, L.A. added Jon Garland, Matt Guerrier, Marcus Thames, Tony Gwynn Jr., and Juan Uribe to their roster, but they are still battling issues off-field issues that threaten to derail the season.
It's going to be a long year in Dodgertown.
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