It’s hard to believe we’re nearly halfway through the 2014 season.
But if the second half is anything like we’ve seen so far, then baseball fans are in store for an exciting summer.
Throughout the season, Bleacher Report’s MLB staff will be reflecting on this year’s biggest offseason acquisitions by evaluating each player’s performance for his new team. In mid-May, Joel Reuter shared his insight while grading many of the high-profile acquisitions. Today, we’ll do something similar with new, fresh grades for baseball's 10 biggest offseason signings or trades.
To be clear, this is not a list or ranking of the 10 best acquisitions that took place prior to the 2014 season; it’s intended to highlight high-priced players that either signed with a new team or were traded elsewhere. Therefore, you won’t find guys here like Michael Morse, Scott Kazmir or Justin Morneau, who have already offered tremendous value relative to their one- or two-year contracts.
Grades were determined based on players' performance so far this season and obviously do not reflect the potential value remaining on their respective contracts.
With that said, here are the grades for MLB’s top 10 offseason acquisitions at the midway point.