Major League Baseball is now approaching the final turn of what has been thus far a very surprising offseason in many respects.
Los Angeles Angels owner Arte Moreno spent more in one single day ($331.5 million) than many teams have spent in 10 years of offseason free agent signings, the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees have been relatively quiet, at least until the Yankees dropped a bomb on Friday with the trade that netted Michael Pineda and the signing of Hiroki Kuroda, and the second-biggest free agent on the market (Prince Fielder) has yet to sign.
The rich have certainly gotten richer, which is not surprising. However, this offseason, there has clearly been more of a method to each team’s madness, so to speak. Many teams have talked more about long-term planning rather than just spending for the short term (Chicago Cubs, Baltimore Orioles), and have acted in a much more fiscally responsible matter as a result.
Inevitably, the signings made by each team will be researched and studied ad nauseum, as experts and pundits either laud or pan the decisions made by teams. And, inevitably, many of the free agents will ultimately prosper or flame out entirely.
Bleacher Report will take a look at the activity of each MLB team during the offseason, and make a determination as to what would be the best or worst case scenario for each. For some, we’ll take a look at the positive, for some the negative.