General managers have to determine if the risk is worth the reward when it comes free agency, taking into consideration that not every move is going to work out.
It’s tough to predict the future no matter what type of statistics or intelligence a Major League Baseball front office has on a certain player. Even if a player has been good the last five years, there’s no guarantee that it’ll continue. There’s also always the chance that player breaks out after signing with a new team.
Although the season is still young, let’s take a look at the moves that teams should or should not have made during free agency. Did a team not prepare itself enough? Did a team sign a player that just hasn’t played well yet?
It’s time to find out.
*All statistics in this article were obtained via Baseball-Reference unless otherwise noted. All contract information was obtained via Cot’s Contracts. All injury information was obtained via Baseball Prospectus.