By Mark Molz
The MLB season is around the corner and with that comes a plethora of off season acquisitions and trades that you might have missed. This article highlights just some of the big moves that have shaken up the MLB before the 2021 season.
Lindor to the Mets
The Subway Series just got a little more interesting this year. The Met’s just landed one of the biggest deals in baseball this offseason by getting Francisco Lindor from the Indians. Lindor and teammate Carlos Carrasco will be heading to the NL East this season hoping to bring home some hardware for the Mets, who have long been behind the Yankees for the best team in New York.
Meanwhile, the Indians received a total of four players in the deal including infielder Amed Rosario.
Springer to the Jays
Landing a 6-year, $150 Million dollar deal to leave America is not half bad. The young Blue Jays just added a new lead-off man to their line-up in former All-Star George Springer. Springer, who is coming off some solid years with the Astro’s, is getting the money he deserves. Yeah, so the Astros cheated and he was a member of the team during that whole thing. Doesn’t mean Springer isn’t one of the best outfielders in the game.
Springer will join a line-up filled with young stars Bo Bichette, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Cavan Biggio, and more. Watch for the Blue Jays to make a splash in AL East this upcoming season.
Corey Kluber to the Yankees
The former two time Cy Young is headed to the Bronx as the Yankees are making their push for World Series favorites before the season begins. Kluber signed a one-year deal with the Yankees after missing the entirety of the 2020 season due to a shoulder injury. The Yankees are hoping Kluber can reach his Cy Young form again as he returns from injury.
Liam Hendriks to the White Sox
Arguably the best reliever in the game of baseball is on the move. Liam Hnedricks, a now former Oakland A, is taking his talents to the windy city to join an already loaded White Sox team. The White Sox roster contains the best catcher in baseball right now in Yasmani Grandal, and with Tim Anderson and Nick Madrigal in the infield they are definitely a contender to make it all the way in the 2021 season.
Hendriks signed with the Sox on a four-year, $54 million dollar deal.
Blake Snell and yu Darvish to the Padres
This offseason the Padres have loaded their rotation with star power to go with their already stacked line-up. The Padres have recently added Blake Snell, who is coming off a phenomenal performance in last year's World Series, Yu Darsvish, last year's MLB wins leader, and Joe Musgrove who was in the Astros rotation during their 2017 World Series run.
These three stars will be pitching alongside Padres ace Dinelson Lamet and young gun Chris Paddack. While the Padres are making their push to be the best team in the league they still have to compete with the Dodgers who are the top team in baseball and not to forget to mention, in the same division as them.
Jon lester and Kyle Schwarber to the Nationals
The Nationals appeared to be in their World Series slump during the 2020 season. Finishing last in the NL East, they are looking to bounce back this season and regain their place on top of the podium. Lester will join a pitching staff with two of MLB’s top starters in Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg. Schwarber will be adding his bat to a line-up that consists of the young superstar Juan Soto, slugger Josh Bell, and Trea Turner.
Schwarber and Lester both signed one-year deals.
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