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The big news of the day was that the Rays acquired outfielder Corey Dickerson from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for reliever Jake McGee and minor league pitcher German Marquez.
Houston also inked Doug Fister to a one-year, $7 million deal.
Mike Bates looked at near-contenders that made moves that might put them over the hump in 2016.
The Rays operate on the shoestring, of course, so they haven't made splashy moves this offseason. However, just after the season ended, they sent Nathan Karns to theMariners for Brad Miller, Logan Morrison, and Danny Farquhar. Karns doesn't grade out terribly well, at about a win and a half. That should be easily eclipsed by the package the Rays received, especially Miller, who should be worth around two wins by himself. The move also freed up room in their starting rotation for Matt Moore, which should be a huge upgrade if he comes back healthy and effective from Tommy John surgery.
Braves fans, you might have to wait a little bit before the Braves shell out big money in free agency.
The qualifying offer system was intended to help teams that lost players, but do so in a manner that doesn't hurt the players. For the second straight year now, it seems that a player is being punished for having that draft pick over his head. Last year it was Stephen Drew. This year it's Howie Kendrick.
Our own Matt Goldman put together a list of the most underrated moves of the offseason.
If you happen to be my biggest fan, then you'll know the Twins made my list of losers for the 2015-2016 offseason. That being said, their signing of Byung-ho Park could prove to be an enormous steal for Minnesota. He hit 173 home runs over his final four seasons in the KBO, and the Twins were able to sign him to a four year deal valued at just $12 million.
This deal comes with zero risk attached, as $3 million a year really doesn't matter in the grand scheme of a baseball organization. After a successful 2015 season, the Twins didn't add nearly as much via free agency as their fans had hoped they would; and while their rotation has a significant number of question marks, Park could prove to be a huge offensive threat.
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