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Marcus Stroman may or may not have trolled us all this weekend, because this offseason is so slow that even the players need to find a new hobby:
AL East. Power house division in the MLB. I’m hearing a team in our division is close to adding a big time gold glove infielder who plays SS/3B. I wonder who! Lol— Marcus Stroman (@MStrooo6) February 9, 2019
Manny Machado to the Rays, anyone?
- MLB should consider a lottery in their proposal to change the amateur draft. It’s no secret that the draft needs to be fixed, and maybe this is the way to spice things up a little more.
- While many fans have focused on the fates of its current players of late, nearly all of them mourned the passing of Frank Robinson who died last week at the age of 83. Frank Robinson was one of the absolute best to ever play the game and was also the league’s first African-American manager. We at MLB Daily Dish send our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, and fans. The world lost a giant.
- Ramón Laureano deserves more attention.
- The Marlins finally parted ways with their star catcher J.T. Realmuto as they traded him to the Phillies in a deal that was highlighted by flamethrowing pitching prospect Sixto Sanchez. The Phillies were late entrants into the Realmuto sweepstakes, but they closed the deal and the National League playoff race next year continues to look very, very interesting.
- Bryce Harper is still a free agent, but the star outfielder has recently met with the Giants about possibly signing with them.
- The Hartford Yard Goats are turning themselves into the Screaming Goat meme for one night only. Get your tickets now, folks.
- The Nationals brought back Jeremy Hellickson to a one-year deal.
- Beloved veteran outfielder Curtis Granderson will look to play another season in the big leagues, as he’s inked a minor-league deal with the Marlins and will try to win a job this spring. If he does end up making Miami’s roster, it’ll be interesting to see if he’s flipped to a contender down the stretch for a third straight year; he seems to be somewhat of a good luck charm, as he’s played on nine playoff teams in 15 seasons, including three that have advanced to the World Series.
- Yankees’ Zach Britton has changed his name ... to Zack Britton, you know for those of you who were about to make your fantasy picks and be like, “Wait, is this the same guy? Is this a typo?”
- Our Andersen Pickard broke down the offseason moves in the NL West, which have been few and far between with just about a week before pitchers and catchers report.
- These names will soon be known all around the National League. Check out these young stars who will be heading to a baseball broadcast near you.
- Andersen Pickard continued his look at the first half of this offseason (with the second half seemingly looking like it will extend into the last week of spring training) with a look at how well the NL Central has done for itself so far.
- Peter Alonso could be in for a big rookie year.
- Nolan Arenado and the Rockies made history as they agreed on a one year, $26 million contract to avoid arbitration. That $26 million is a most given to an arbitration eligible player and frankly, Arenado deserves it.
- More bad news for Orioles fans: It doesn’t look good for Chris Davis.
- The Padres have made a bit of a surprise entrance to the top of the free-agent market, as they are showing interest in some of the top names including Bryce Harper and Manny Machado. San Diego may not look the part of a contender right now, but they have one of the league’s best farm systems and could become good in a hurry.
- The Angels owe it to Mike Trout to at least make an effort to be better.
- Is Isiah Kiner-Falefa the future of roster management?
- The Diamondbacks are taking a chance on reliever Greg Holland after signing the three-time All-Star closer to a one-year, $3.5 million deal.
- A modest proposal: the Twins should sign Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel. Just bear with us here.
- Do free agents lose value when they remain on the market deep into the offseason? We took a look at the data, and let’s just say it usually helps them to sign sooner than later.
- What if Bryce Harper ditched the commitment and signed a one-year deal somewhere?
- Our Stephen Tolbert took an in-depth look at how the qualifying offer system has affected players’ value in free agency.