5 MLB Teams That Are Already Celebrating Their Offseason Moves
Entering every Major League Baseball season, all 32 teams think that they have done good business over the offseason.
With just less than a month finished in the 2013 season, there are a few select teams that are backing up their offseason talk with strong play on the diamond.
Here is a look at five teams that are excessively celebrating their moves from the offseason.
The big splash made this offseason by the Cincinnati Reds came in the form of a trade with the Cleveland Indians on December 11 when they acquired Shin-Soo Choo and Jason Donald for Didi Gregorius and Drew Stubbs.
By bringing in Choo, the Reds were hoping to find a consistent leadoff hitter to set the tone for a potent middle of the order.
That is exactly what has happened so far for the Reds as Choo has hit .382 in his first 18 games with six doubles, one triple, three homers and nine RBI.
The Reds also re-signed Jonathan Broxton in November and the powerful right-hander has just had one bad outing in his seven appearances out of the bullpen this season.
Boston Red Sox
The biggest signing of the Red Sox offseason came in October when they named John Farrell the club's manager after the disastrous tenure of Bobby Valentine.
Besides re-signing David Ortiz, Boston brought in two valuable pieces to the new puzzle in Koji Uehara and Mike Napoli.
Napoli leads the team with 18 RBI and has fit in quite well in the lineup and at first base.
Uehara has only given up two hits over the span of eight games where he has pitched 6 2/3 innings so far this season.
If those two players continue to contribute the same level of numbers and Shane Victorino begins to heat up, the Red Sox will view their offseason as a success.
New York Yankees
The New York Yankees may not have made a huge splash in free agency like they have in recent years, but general manager Brian Cashman brought in players who could succeed in designated roles.
With a plethora of injuries affecting the Yankees lineup, Cashman brought in veterans Kevin Youkilis, Travis Hafner and Vernon Wells, and so far the three offseason moves have worked.
Wells, who came over in a March trade from the Angels, has hit a team-leading five home runs and contributed eight RBI while hitting .317.
Hafner has also gotten off to a hot start with five home runs and 10 RBI. Youkilis has filled in for Alex Rodriguez at third base by hitting .295 and driving in nine runs.
After lighting up National League pitching for three seasons in Washington, Michael Morse ended up back in Seattle this offseason.
Mariners fans have seen an increase in production on offense from the power-hitting left-fielder who has hit six home runs and driven in 10 runs this season.
In a rather young lineup, Morse has provided the Mariners with an experienced bat in the middle of the order.
We may not hear much out of Seattle all season, but Morse's contributions at the start of the season have put him on the fast track for an All-Star appearance.
No team has benefited more from an offseason move than the Atlanta Braves have to start the season.
The Brothers Upton were brought into Atlanta from Arizona and Tampa Bay respectively, and it has been the one they acquired from the Diamondbacks who has been getting all the press and rightfully so.
Justin Upton has hit nine home runs and driven in 13 runs for the Braves in the first three weeks of the season, and the other man included in the deal from Arizona is also contributing when asked.
Chris Johnson is hitting .407 with two homers and seven RBI for his new club that has employed him at both first and third base.
As for B.J. Upton, he only has 11 hits in 66 at-bats, but he will surely round a corner at some point in the season.
Which team do you think has benefited most from their offseason moves so far this season?
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