To date this offseason, no division has been as aggressive in the combination as the 5 groups in the Nationwide League East. Whether or not spending massive on free brokers, making trades for star gamers or promising to spend silly cash, the Nationals, Mets, Braves and Phillies are all trying to make the playoffs this season, and even the Marlins are making information by entertaining potential trades for star catcher J.T. Realmuto.
The lads in the dugout aren’t thrilled with rumors of guidelines adjustments to ban a defensive tactic they’re utilizing greater than ever.
The MLB winter conferences are going robust in Las Vegas, and rumors are swirling throughout baseball. Right here is what we’re listening to at this time.
From the free brokers set to money in to the big-name stars positive to come up in commerce rumors all winter lengthy, sustain with all of the newest motion.
Let’s check out what the groups have performed thus far, how that has impacted their 2019 playoff odds since the finish of the season — with an help from FanGraphs’ Dan Szymborski — and what they may nonetheless do to assist themselves even additional.
The Nationals signed this winter’s best out there free-agent beginning pitcher in Patrick Corbin. They shored up their catching spot, their weakest place, by signing Kurt Suzuki and buying and selling for Yan Gomes, and so they added bullpen assist by signing Trevor Rosenthal and buying and selling for Kyle Barraclough. The team is likely to be shedding Bryce Harper to free company, however the Nationals are nonetheless positioning themselves very properly to get again to the playoffs subsequent season. They moved Tanner Roark to Cincinnati at the winter conferences, however gaining Corbin is nonetheless a giant plus for the rotation.