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MLB 2018-19 offseason in full swing

The Major League Baseball offseason is in full effect as discussions are starting to ramp up between teams. Over the past week there have been both significant signings and trades for different teams, as well as trade rumors that are spinning many fans’ heads.

To start, the Atlanta Braves made two splashes in the free-agent market as they went out to add much-needed pieces to their lineup. The Braves added third basemen Josh Donaldson and catcher Brian McCann. Both are coming from a season during which they were riddled with injury, with Donaldson only playing 52 games while McCann only
played 63.

McCann’s $2 million deal is only for one year and it’s with the team he spent the first nine years of his career and was a seven-time all-star for. Donaldson, the 2015 AL MVP, signed a one-year, $23 million contract and will take the role of the everyday third basemen for the team. These two signings fill gaps in the young lineup that the Braves have and will solidify the veteran locker room presence needed in order to make the next step.

The Seattle Mariners have been in the news since the start of this offseason. Their first move was with the New York Yankees, in which they shipped off ace James Paxton in return of Justus Sheffield — the Yankees’ No. 1 prospect— and two other prospects. This was a blockbuster deal for both sides as the Yankees were able to add a much-needed starting pitcher to their rotation. More evidently, however, it shows that the Mariners are rebuilding.

The Mariners did not just start with the trade of Paxton but have recently contacted both the New York Mets and the Yankees with a trade for Robinson Cano. Cano played his first nine years in pinstripes for the Yanks, then signed for a 10-year, $240 million contract with the Mariners in 2014. However, with the Mariners selling, Seattle thinks that a Cano-New York reunion could be the best possibility.

Finally, talks of a potential Noah Syndergaard trade have heated up. Syndergaard is often regarded as one of the best pitchers in baseball and is on a team that proved it could compete with the best at the beginning and end of the 2018 season. Many fans are confused as to why the Mets would discuss the trade, as the team is probably a big bat away from putting together a successful season — especially with the current rotation consisting of Cy Young Award-winning Jacob DeGrom, Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler and Steven Matz. However, there are reports that the team is having open dialogue with other teams about trading “Thor.”

One team in the conversation is the San Diego Padres, who possess a bevy of young prospects that the Mets could use to aid in a rebuild. However, nothing has advanced past pure speculation as to what can happen, and this story will continue to develop over the next few months.

With the MLB Winter Meetings taking place from Dec. 9 to Dec. 13, there will be nothing but non-stop action. This is where teams’ general managers will be face-to-face with players’ agents and other general managers in order to fulfill the needs they have. Expect blockbuster deals and moves to be discussed and made during this period.

December 3, 2018

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