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Author of "The GM's Office" blogFollow on TwitterFacebookTwitterPinterestEmailcommentMajor League Baseball’s winter meetings should commence this coming Sunday, and all 30 clubs will be actively trying to build a championship-caliber team with NFL jerseys wholesale, either in the short term or long term. Teams will target specific players who fit their club best, some realistic and some not. Each team’s priority lists are in place by now, so let's take a look at the top target(s) and fallback options for each of them:
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This is not to say the Angels don’t have substantial weaknesses that could hamper their season. Their second basemen project to be sub-replacement level. Their closer, Huston Street, is coming off knee surgery and a 6.55 ERA. And they lack depth should anything go wrong with what we’ve previously mentioned.
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Jay’s one-year, $8 million deal is low risk, and what the former Cardinal and Padre might provide above all else is positional flexibility, which will be important as the Cubs adjust for the use of Kyle Schwarber, Jason Heyward, Albert Almora Jr., Jorge Soler and others.
The 2017 projections at Fangraphs.com (yes, these are up already) indicate that they could be. They peg the Angels for 85 wins, an 11-win jump from their 2016 total and a number that would put them at the head of the AL wild-card pack.
In 2015, the Mets became the first team in major league history to reach the World Series after ranking last in MLB in runs scored on July 31. And in Cespedes' one and a half seasons in New York, the Mets own a 106-74 record with him in the starting lineup and an 18-23 record without him.
While the Chicago Cubs’ strategy was to go into the dumps for multiple seasons before emerging strong and vibrant with talented prospects, the Dodgers chose a different path, spending heavily under their new ownership group, Guggenheim Baseball Management.
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One other point is that it’s notable who won’t be getting any innings this season. The 2016 Angels gave 31 starts to previously reliable Jered Weaver, who pitched to a 5.06 ERA (though they did win 16 of them). They also gave nine starts to Tim Lincecum, who finished with a 9.16 ERA. But beyond free-agent signee Jesse Chavez, the question of who might take cheap jerseys and those innings is a significant one, given the lack of depth at the minor league level.
Young cores are how both the Cubs and Cleveland Indians were able to advance to the World Series this October. They are how the Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros have emerged as contenders, with the Red Sox appearing to be a little further along in the process.
But that relationship didn't bring Holliday to Boston in 2009, when he was a sought-after free agent in his prime. It isn't likely to be a factor now, either, especially considering the 36-year-old outfielder is coming off a season in which he posted a career-low .782 OPS in 110 games for the St. Louis Cardinals and had his $17 million option declined.
The New York Mets have averaged 4.6 runs per game with Yoenis Cespedes in the lineup. Alex Brandon/APSince his debut with the Mets on Aug. 1, 2015, they went 106-74 with Cespedes in the starting lineup and 18-23 when he was not. The Mets have averaged 4.6 runs with him in the lineup compared to 4.0 runs without him.
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As all patrons of Boston's favorite fictional watering hole undoubtedly know, sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name. Cheers, then, to the idea of Napoli returning to this city, where his shirtless romp down Boylston Street after the 2013 World Series preceded the urges of Cleveland Indians fans to party at Napoli's this year.
So I'm a little skeptical that Cespedes-Granderson-Bruce is the regular outfield alignment we'll see, especially since Bruce's defensive metrics have been well below average the past two seasons. Even while hitting 33 home runs in 2016, Bruce's WAR was just 0.6. Considering the only period in which he's hit consistently over the past three seasons was the first half of 2016, I would look for the Mets to try and dump Bruce's $13 million contract (he's a free agent after 2017). Bruce was insurance in case Cespedes left but now seems like unnecessary depth.
Also with regards to defense, some might not hold the Angels in high regard for going with Carlos Perez and Jett Bandy behind the plate. Both are sub-.300 on-base percentage guys, but both excel on the defensive end, which isn’t surprising for a Scioscia-led team. Fangraphs gives them a combined 2.4 WAR.
The market of outfielders is so incredibly saturated right now with free agents (Dexter Fowler, among others) and veterans available in trade (J.D. Martinez, Brett Gardner) that you could draw this conclusion: If the Pirates push to deal McCutchen with wholesale jerseys now, rather than waiting until next summer when they would have more of a seller’s market, then it may reflect a real concern that the regression in McCutchen’s performance last year is a sign of things to come -- and they want to get value before he declines any more.