Best: Arizona had a busy offseason and out of all the moves they made, the best was easily signing Zack Greinke to the largest contract for a starting pitcher. I was really confused to why Greinke chose the Diamondbacks because the team finished under .500 last season and really, at times looked to be a team in rebuild mode. Greinke nonetheless will become the Diamondbacks ace (something they haven’t had in awhile) and will be alongside Shelby Miller who was acquired from the Braves. Obviously, being able to strike this deal improves Arizona’s pitching dramatically, but I still don’t see this team competing for a spot in October.
Worst: Dansby Swanson. If you read the NL East edition, he might sound familiar, mainly because I said he was Atlanta’s best move. This trade aggravated me, and I don’t like either team in the trade. I just don’t see how you give up a No. 1 pick that is going to have a very bright future in this league. I know Miller had a 3.02 ERA and his 6-17 record was mainly because any time he pitched the Braves were able to put up zero to three runs for him and that he’s only pitched three years, but really? Is Shelby Miller worth the first pick of the draft? The future captain of your defense and catalyst at the top of the lineup? I say absolutely not, and this trade will backfire when Dansby Swanson comes back to play his first game at Chase Field and he hits a towering home run off of Miller.
Yargs 2016 Prediction: 3rd NL West
Best: Gerardo Parra. Not a mind blowing move by any means but Parra is coming off a good campaign with the Brewers where he hit .291 with 14 homers. Usually a hitters numbers only go up in Colorado playing at Coors Field, so look for a big season out of him.
Worst: The Jake McGee and Corey Dickerson trade was a little hard to wrap my head around. Now the Rockies had a league worst 4.70 bullpen ERA so they needed any help they could get, but as a rebuilding team I’d want players that I know I can build around. My point is, McGee only has two years of team control, while Dickerson had four. Dickerson has only been in the league two years and is coming off a season where he hit .301. This trade is either going to go very well for Colorado or really bad and I don’t have hopes because Colorado is the toughest place to be a pitcher.
Yargs 2016 Prediction: 4th NL West
San Francisco Giants:
Best: Johnny Cueto. He didn’t have an incredible stint with the Royals, but still came out with a ring. Cueto adds another arm to San Fran’s already dangerous arsenal and takes some pressure off of Madison Bumgarner. It has the looks of another fun season in the Bay area, and remember how it’s gone in the playoffs of late, the Giants have won the World Series every other year since 2010. So 2010, 2012, 2014 and maybe 20… Let’s not jump the gun yet, it’s not even spring training!
Worst: Jeff Samardzija. He’s coming off an 11-13 year where he had a 4.96 ERA. I don’t understand why everyone went crazy for this move because besides one season (2014) his numbers have not been great. He was on some bad teams but he has not had a winning record ever as a starting pitcher. He does have great stuff when it’s on but this man is easily hittable. Lot of risk with this deal.
Yargs 2016 Prediction: NL West Champs
Los Angeles Dodgers:
Best: Kenta Maeda. A very highly touted pitcher out of Japan, we’ve seen these moves work out very well or sometimes be an absolute disaster. The Dodgers have had relatively decent luck with Asian prospects (Hideo Nomo, Hiroki Kuroda) and reviewing Maeda’s previous season in Japan of 15-8 with a 2.09 ERA tells me he could be very important to a rotation that just lost Zack Greinke to the division foe, Arizona Diamondbacks.
Worst: Scott Kazmir. We all know Kazmir’s story, starts off a pretty good pitcher with the Rays, gets sent to the Angels and just falls apart. Two years out of the pros and a visit with the Sugarland Skeeters he ends up getting a deal with the Indians and rejuvenates his career with a respectable 10-9 season. He follows that up with one and a half good seasons with the A’s and then gets traded to Houston. He took a step back in 2015 and in the bright lights of LA I feel he’s gonna have a tough time especially as the possible number two starter behind Kershaw.
Yargs 2016 Prediction: 2nd NL West
San Diego Padres:
Best: Alexei Ramirez. His average went down last year but he’s always one to put the ball in play. They were between him and Ian Desmond, and although I feel as if Desmond was the better option, I feel like Ramirez will supply quality offensive and defensive numbers. With this team not being a competing team I can see Ramirez being a key trade candidate at the deadline.
Worst: Drew Pomeranz for Yonder Alonso. Although Pomeranz is young and had two promising seasons in Oakland, it was not smart of San Diego to give away Alonso coming off one of his best statistical seasons. He hit .282 and as lackluster as that may seem, Petco Park is not a hitters ballpark. Could work out either way, but I believe San Diego needs all the offense they can get. In the end it’s not really going to matter come late September when both San Diego and Oakland are on the outside looking in.
Yargs 2016 Prediction: 5th NL West
Welp, that does it, folks! Thank you for tuning in to my offseason special! Be on the look for future MLB articles as the season quickly approaches, here’s to a great 2016 season!