A lot of faces are in new places this spring and it’s time to evaluate how well they’re acclimating.
Several offseason acquisitions have gotten off to strong starts, but there are a handful of stars who have struggled to get going. Others are already battling the injury bug and are in jeopardy of starting the regular season on the disabled list.
Since we’re examining the beginnings of MLB's best offseason signings and trades, a couple are partaking in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. For these players, we’ll take a glance at how well or poorly they’ve played against international competition.
For the purpose of this article, I won’t be looking at the players that re-signed with their teams from 2012 such as David Ortiz, Anibal Sanchez and Angel Pagan, among others. I will be strictly grading players that changed teams over the winter.
So let’s start taking a look. Here are the grades for the offseason’s best acquisitions.