Every offseason features the "big" deals. The blockbusters. Whether it's Pujols and Fielder changing teams this year or Adrian Gonzalez being dealt for a package of top prospects last year, one thing baseball fans can count on is a few memorable player moves every offseason.
For every headline-grabbing, breaking news-making deal, there are a whole host of additional lesser moves. Some are minor trades. Some are free-agent signings for minimal money. Some are merely nothing more than a waiver claim. The bulk of these minor deals have an equally minor impact.
Some, however, far exceed their expectations. Some of these seemingly "low impact" deals have far greater impact than expected.
David Ortiz, the best designated hitter in baseball and one of the critical players on the 2004 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox, agreed to a one-year, $14.575 million deal. Once upon a time, Ortiz was nothing more than a waiver claim by former Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein.
So if you're not a Tigers fan or an Angels fan and your team didn't dominate the offseason headlines by making big moves, don't give up hope. There will probably some innocent small moves made that will exceed expectations.
Did your team make one?