MLB Transactions MLB Transactions: Washington Nationals sign catcher Matt Wieters to two-year $21-million dollar deal.



2017 MLB Transactions




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February 22, 2017


Washington Nationals: Sign Matt Wieters C to 2-year deal A+ Grade

Matt Wieters is a huge upgrade over Derek Norris. This is an awesome signing by the Washington Nationals who now have no weaknesses in their infield. Washington has the bats to make a run in the NL, but I question the Nationals pitching outside of Scherzer, Strasburg, and Roark.



February 15, 2017


St. Louis Cardinals: Alex Reyes P Undergoes Tommy Johns Surgery F Grade

Alex Reyes really came into his own at the end of last year. This is a huge loss for the Cardinals as it practically guarantees that the Chicago Cubs will win the NL Central again.



Baltimore Orioles 2018 Free Agents


Chris Tillman, SP, Baltimore Orioles


Ubaldo Jimenez, SP, Baltimore Orioles


Wade Miley, SP, Baltimore Orioles


Hyun Soo Kim, LF, Baltimore Orioles


Seth Smith, RF, Baltimore Orioles


Baltimore Orioles 2018 Offseason Preview: Baltimore has $92-million for 2018 on their payroll. Their is no salary cap limit, but the Orioles lose their #1, #4, and #5 starters in their rotation plus both corner outfielders at left field and right field. That is not good for the Orioles when you consider they are 14th in payroll.


Boston Red Sox 2018 Free Agents


Mitch Moreland, 1B, Boston Red Sox


Boston Red Sox 2018 Offseason Preview: Boston has $158-million for 2018 on their payroll. Their is no salary cap limit, but the Red Sox have a higher payroll than any American League team. It's not just that, the only player they lose to Free Agency in 2018 is Mitch Moreland.


New York Yankees 2018 Free Agents


Matt Holliday, DH, New York Yankees


Chris Carter, DH, New York Yankees


Michael Pineda, SP, New York Yankees


Tyler Clippard, RP, New York Yankees


New York Yankees 2018 Offseason Preview: New York has $98-million for 2018 on their payroll. Their is no salary cap limit, but the Yankees lose their #2 starter in Michael Pineda who sucks, both of their designated hitters, and their best relief pitcher in Tyler Clippard. Clippard has underachieved to an extent but his 3.57 ERA in 2016 was the lowest among middle relievers making him an asset to an extent.


Tampa Bay Rays 2018 Free Agents


Colby Rasmus, LF, Tampa Bay Rays


Alex Cobb, SP, Tampa Bay Rays


Logan Morrison, 1B, Tampa Bay Rays


Tampa Bay Rays 2018 Offseason Preview: Tampa Bay has $35-million for 2018 on their payroll. Their is no salary cap limit, but the Rays lose three players that are expendable. Logan Morrison is really the only player that I could see teams showing any interest in and he's someone that I think teams will look at during the 2017 MLB Trade Deadline.


Toronto Blue Jays 2018 Free Agents


Melvin Upton, LF, Toronto Blue Jays


Marco Estrada, SP, Toronto Blue Jays


Francisco Lirano, SP, Toronto Blue Jays


Jason Grilli, RP, Toronto Blue Jays


Joe Smith, RP, Toronto Blue Jays


J.P. Howell, RP, Toronto Blue Jays


Darwin Barney, SS, Toronto Blue Jays


Toronto Blue Jays 2018 Offseason Preview: Tampa Bay has $92-million for 2018 on their payroll. Their is no salary cap limit, but the Blue Jays lose their starting left fielder along with their #4 and #5 starters. Set up pitcher Jason Grilli will be a Free Agent who turns 40 in 2018. Middle relievers Joe Smith and J.P. Howell are short-term fill ins while their prospects develop. Darwin Barney is quite the underrated utility-man, but that's all he is.


Chicago White Sox 2018 Free Agents


Melky Cabrera, LF, Chicago White Sox


Todd Frazier, 3B, Chicago White Sox


Brett Lawrie, 2B, Chicago White Sox


Miguel Gonzalez, SP, Chicago White Sox


Derek Holland, SP, Chicago White Sox


Chicago White Sox 2018 Offseason Preview: Chicago has $36-million for 2018 on their payroll. Their is no salary cap limit, but the White Sox lose 3 batters who provide a veteran presence in Cabrera, Frazier, and Lawrie after the 2017 season. Miguel Gonzalez and Derek Holland are fill-in gaps until Carson Fulmer their 2015 first round pick finishes developing because he should be ready for a spot in the White Sox starting rotation by next season.


Cleveland Indians 2018 Free Agents


Carlos Santana, 1B, Cleveland Indians


Bryan Shaw, RP, Cleveland Indians


Cleveland Indians 2018 Offseason Preview: Cleveland has $91-million for 2018 on their payroll. Their is no salary cap limit, but the Cleveland Indians have the most stability among AL Central teams with a lot of quality stars returning for the 2016 American League Champions. Carlos Santana is a first baseman that will be in high demand plus Bryan Shaw is a 29-year-old relief pitcher with experience at closer, set up, middle reliever, and long reliever making his versatility an asset for any team looking for bullpen help.


Detroit Tigers 2018 Free Agents


J.D. Martinez, RF, Detroit Tigers


Francisco Rodriguez, RP, Detroit Tigers


Detroit Tigers 2018 Offseason Preview: Detroit has $154-million for 2018 on their payroll. J.D. Martinez and Francisco Rodriguez are the only Free Agents Detroit cannot stand to lose. The Tigers have other Free Agents, but also have enough depth to compensate for losing those Free Agents.


Kansas City Royals 2018 Free Agents


Eric Hosmer, 1B, Kansas City Royals


Mike Moustakas, 3B, Kansas City Royals


Lorenzo Cain, CF, Kansas City Royals


Alcides Escobar, SS, Kansas City Royals


Jason Vargas, SP, Kansas City Royals


Kansas City Royals 2018 Offseason Preview: Kansas City has $120-million for 2018 on their payroll. Their is no salary cap limit, but the Royals lose four batters from their 2015 World Series team. Kansas City will be a team that receives a lot of phone calls around July if they are not in first place by the 2017 MLB Trade Deadline.


Minnesota Twins 2018 Free Agents


Hector Santiago, SP, Minnesota Twins


Brandon Kintzler, RP, Minnesota Twins


Minnesota Twins 2018 Offseason Preview: Minnesota has $76-million for 2018 on their payroll. Their is no salary cap limit, but the Blue Jays lose their #3 starter in Hector Santiago along with their closer Brandon Kintzler.


Houston Astros 2018 Free Agents


Norichika Akoi, LF, Houston Astros


Carlos Beltran, DH, Houston Astros


Luke Gregerson, RP, Houston Astros


Houston Astros 2018 Offseason Preview: Houston has $65-million for 2018 on their payroll. Their is no salary cap limit, but the Astros lose their left fielder, designated hitter, and one of their best relievers to Free Agency. Luke Gregerson has experience as a closer, set up pitcher, middle reliever, and long reliever. One could argue after Bryan Shaw he's the most versatile relief pitcher on the market.


Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim 2018 Free Agents


Cameron Maybin, LF, Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim


Yunel Escobar, 3B, Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim


Danny Espinosa, 2B, Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim


Jesse Chavez, SP, Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim


Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim 2018 Offseason Preview: Los Angeles has $100-million for 2018 on their payroll. Their is no salary cap limit, but the Angels have to worry about a lot of versatile players they stand to lose. Cameron Maybin batted .314 and can play left field, center field, or right field with his versatility. Yunel Escobar poses a better batting average than Mike Moustakas. Danny Espinosa is versatile enough to play second base or shortstop. Finally Jesse Chavez is the favorite to win the Angels #5 starter role and can contribute as an effective long reliever.


Oakland Athletics 2018 Free Agents


Rajai Davis, CF, Oakland Athletics


Trevor Plouffe, 3B, Oakland Athletics


Jed Lowrie, 2B, Oakland Athletics


Yonder Alonso, 1B, Oakland Athletics


John Axford, RP, Oakland Athletics


Oakland Athletics 2018 Offseason Preview: Oakland has $30-million for 2018 on their payroll. Their is no salary cap limit, but the Athletics brought in a lot of veterans to one-year prove it deals. They just need to replace those veterans at this time next season.


Seattle Mariners 2018 Free Agents


Jarrod Dyson, LF, Seattle Mariners


Steve Kishek, RP, Seattle Mariners


Seattle Mariners 2018 Offseason Preview: Seattle has $112-million for 2018 on their payroll. Their is no salary cap limit, but the Mariners lose two quality players. Jarrod Dyson is a one-year prove it player that can play left fielder or right fielder in a corner outfielder role with his versatility. Steve Kishek led the Mariners with 25 saves as a middle reliever last year. Kishek may finally be ready for a set up or closer role.


Texas Rangers 2018 Free Agents


Jonathan Lucroy, C, Texas Rangers


Carlos Gomez, CF, Texas Rangers


Yu Darvish, SP, Texas Rangers


Andrew Cashner, SP, Texas Rangers


Texas Rangers 2018 Offseason Preview: Texas has $103-million for 2018 on their payroll. Their is no salary cap limit, but the Rangers lose quite a bit. Jonathan Lucroy is a top 5 catcher and Yu Darvish is capable of being a #1 starter on other teams rotations.


Atlanta Braves 2018 Free Agents


Brandon Phillips, 2B, Atlanta Braves


Bartolo Colon, SP, Atlanta Braves


Jaime Garcia, SP, Atlanta Braves


Atlanta Braves 2018 Offseason Preview: Atlanta has $82-million for 2018 on their payroll. Their is no salary cap limit, but the Braves have brought in a few guys like Colon and Garcia to one-year prove it deals plus they traded for Brandon Phillips.


Miami Marlins 2018 Free Agents


Dustin McGowan, RP, Miami Marlins


Miami Marlins 2018 Offseason Preview: Miami has $98-million for 2018 on their payroll. Their is no salary cap limit, but the Marlins only lose one player in Dustin McGowan.


New York Mets 2018 Free Agents


Curtis Granderson, CF, New York Mets


Jay Bruce, RF, New York Mets


Neil Walker, 2B, New York Mets


Lucas Duda, 1B, New York Mets


Addison Reed, RP, New York Mets


Fernando Salas, RP, New York Mets


New York Mets 2018 Offseason Preview: New York has $71-million for 2018 on their payroll. Their is no salary cap limit, but the Mets lose four batters including two outfielders plus their first and second basemen unless they bring back those players. The Mets also lose Addison Reed their set up pitcher and middle reliever Fernando Salas to Free Agency.


Philadelphia Phillies 2018 Free Agents


Jeremy Hellickson, SP, Philadelphia Phillies


Clay Bucholtz, SP, Philadelphia Phillies


Philadelphia Phillies 2018 Offseason Preview: Philadelphia has $16-million for 2018 on their payroll. Their is no salary cap limit, but the Phillies lose two players that are expendable plus they have the MLB's lowest payroll. Jeremy Hellickson will likely try to be a #1 starter somewhere else and Clay Bucholtz is a one-year prove it player.


Washington Nationals 2018 Free Agents


Jayson Werth, LF, Washington Nationals


Oliver Perez, RP, Washington Nationals


Washington Nationals 2018 Offseason Preview: Washington has $95-million for 2018 on their payroll. Their is no salary cap limit, but the Nationals lose their starting left fielder along with one of their best middle relievers in Oliver Perez.


Chicago Cubs 2018 Free Agents


Jake Arrieta, SP, Chicago Cubs


John Lackey, SP, Chicago Cubs


Wade Davis, RP, Chicago Cubs


Hector Rondon, RP, Chicago Cubs


Koji Uehara, RP, Chicago Cubs


Pedro Stop, RP, Chicago Cubs


Jon Jay, CF, Chicago Cubs


Chicago Cubs 2018 Offseason Preview: Chicago has $79-million for 2018 on their payroll. Their is no salary cap limit, but the Cubs lose two starters and four relievers to Free Agency. Its hard to recover when you lose that many pitchers.


Cincinnati Reds 2018 Free Agents


Zack Cozart, SS, Cincinnati Reds


Drew Storen, RP, Cincinnati Reds


Cincinnati Reds 2018 Offseason Preview: Cincinnati has $64-million for 2018 on their payroll. Their is no salary cap limit, but the Reds have Cozart who is a fill in player until Nick Senzel develops plus Drew Storen is declining.


Milwaukee Brewers 2018 Free Agents


Matt Garza, SP, Milwaukee Brewers


Neftali Feliz, RP, Milwaukee Brewers


Milwaukee Brewers 2018 Offseason Preview: Milwaukee has $25-million for 2018 on their payroll. Their is no salary cap limit, but the Brewers lose their #5 starter and their closer. Feliz may break out in 2017.


Pittsburgh Pirates 2018 Free Agents


Tony Watson, RP, Pittsburgh Pirates


Juan Nicasio, RP, Pittsburgh Pirates


Antonio Bastardo, RP, Pittsburgh Pirates


Pittsburgh Pirates 2018 Offseason Preview: Pittsburgh has $70-million for 2018 on their payroll. Their is no salary cap limit, but the Pirates lose their closer and two middle relievers.


St. Louis Cardinals 2018 Free Agents


Lance Lynn, SP, St. Louis Cardinals


Zach Duke, RP, St. Louis Cardinals


St. Louis Cardinals 2018 Offseason Preview: St. Louis has $112-million for 2018 on their payroll. Their is no salary cap limit, but the Cardinals lose a couple of players to Free Agency. Lance Lynn and Zach Duke are expendable though.


Arizona Diamondbacks 2018 Free Agents


Fernando Rodney, RP, Arizona Diamondbacks


Arizona Diamondbacks 2018 Offseason Preview: Arizona has $62-million for 2018 on their payroll. Their is no salary cap limit, but the Cardinals have one closer that they may need to bring back in Fernando Rodney.


Colorado Rockies 2018 Free Agents


Carlos Gonzalez, RF, Colorado Rockies


Colorado Rockies 2018 Offseason Preview: Colorado has $68-million for 2018 on their payroll. Their is no salary cap limit, but the Rockies have a lot of continuity for an emerging NL West team. It's not just that, the only premium player they lose to Free Agency in 2018 is Carlos Gonzalez. The other guys they lose are weak bullpen players.


Los Angeles Dodgers 2018 Free Agents


Los Angeles Dodgers 2018 Offseason Preview: Los Angeles has $168-million for 2018 on their payroll. Their is no salary cap limit, but the Dodgers managed to get everyone back. With every key starter and reliever under contract until at least 2019 expect the Dodgers to contend for a World Series at some point in either 2017 or 2018.


San Francisco Giants 2018 Free Agents


San Francisco Giants 2018 Offseason Preview: San Francisco has $180-million for 2018 on their payroll. Their is no salary cap limit, but the Giants like the Dodgers don't lose any key players to the Dodgers in 2018.


San Diego Padres 2018 Free Agents


Clayton Richard, SP, San Diego Padres


Jhoulys Chacin, SP, San Diego Padres


San Diego Padres 2018 Offseason Preview: San Diego has $22-million for 2018 on their payroll. Their is no salary cap limit, but the Padres lose both of their projected starters to Free Agency in 2018. The Padres have to find a way to build around first baseman Wil Myers.







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