6 Most Overrated Moves of the MLB Offseason

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6 Most Overrated Moves of the MLB Offseason
The New York Yankees will rely on Kevin Youkilis at third base while Alex Rodriguez recovers from hip surgery. Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Change is exciting, and the MLB offseason offers plenty of it. Naturally, the baseball world has overreacted to several recent winter moves that won't end up being very significant.

Preseason and in-season contract extensions prevented many of the sport's top talents from reaching free agency. As a result, teams have needed to make generous offers to the few reputable players available.

One of the following transactions—a nine-player trade—required the cooperation of three general managers. All the time they put in will be for naught, however, because none of the clubs gained much from the swap.

Statistics, trends and roster composition explain why some moves aren't as impressive as they seem.

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