2022-23 MLB offseason: Bowden’s 25 predictions for one more wild winter of signings, trades

November 15, 2022

The MLB offseason is underway and though the fireworks haven’t began, we’ve already had some noteworthy signings, trades and front-office strikes.

The Astros parted methods with normal supervisor James Click on, and who can blame them: In his three-year tenure with the crew, it solely made three postseason appearances, successful two division titles, two pennants and a world championship. He simply wanted to do higher.

The perfect nearer within the sport, Edwin Díaz, might have sparked a severe bidding warfare had he reached free company, however 4 days prior the Mets made him a record-breaking provide, and he grabbed it. In the meantime, the Rays, who want to add left-handed hitting, traded left-handed hitter Ji-Man Choi to the Pirates.

All three of these occasions have been predictable outcomes, proper?

It’s simply one more reason I like this sport a lot: It’s so unpredictable, and that features the offseason. I’ve determined to embrace the chaos this yr, so listed here are 25 predictions — some severe, some foolish and others someplace in between — for what’s shaping as much as be one other enjoyable offseason. Please share your individual predictions within the feedback part.

1. Of the 14 gamers to obtain the qualifying provide (one yr, $19.65 million), Joc Pederson, Martín Pérez and Tyler Anderson are the one ones to simply accept it.

2. The Cardinals discover their catcher for the beginning of the post-Yadier Molina period: Sean Murphy, whom they purchase from the A’s for a package deal of prospects, beating out the Guardians, who additionally attempt to commerce for him.

3. Justin Verlander returns to the Astros on a three-year, $135 million contract, which places him on observe to pitch 20 seasons within the majors.

4. The Angels shock the baseball world and signal shortstop Trea Turner to an eight-year, $264 million deal. Turner turns into their leadoff hitter with Shohei Ohtani, Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon batting behind him. And sure, they nonetheless want pitching to be contenders.

Trea Turner stays in California … however not with the Dodgers? (Sergio Estrada / USA At this time)

5. The Nationals are offered to the group led by Washington Capitals proprietor Ted Leonsis. The dispute over the Mid-Atlantic Sports activities Community (MASN), the Orioles’ and Nationals’ shared regional sports activities community, is lastly settled. Staff president Mike Rizzo receives a five-year contract extension.

6. Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are controversially elected to the Corridor of Fame by the Up to date Baseball Period Committee on Dec. 4, and the information blows up on sports activities discuss reveals because the Winter Conferences get underway.

7. The Braves stun Mets followers after they land Jacob deGrom on a two-year, $90 million deal that features an choose out after Yr 1.

8. Dana Brown, vice chairman of scouting with the Braves, is employed as the brand new GM of the Tigers below crew president Scott Harris.

9. The Mets persuade David Stearns to depart the Brewers group and turn out to be their president of baseball operations.

10. The Crimson Sox lastly get up and signal Rafael Devers to a 10-year, $300-plus million extension. …

11. … However Xander Bogaerts heads to Philly. The Phillies signal the star shortstop to a seven-year, $196 million contract and transfer Bryson Stott to second base. Stott decides to change his walk-up track from Tai Verdes’ “A-O-Okay” to “Modifications” by Black Sabbath.

12. The Cubs shock everybody, particularly me, and land Carlos Correa on a 10-year, $327 million deal.

13. Aaron Choose, the American League MVP, returns to the Yankees on an eight-year, $330 million contract.

No. 99 is staying put … proper?  (Jeff Hanisch / USA At this time)

14. The Pirates resolve to money in one in all their greatest commerce chips, sending Bryan Reynolds to the Marlins for 3 pitching prospects.

15. The Angels are offered. Theo Epstein is called president and CEO of the crew with Perry Minasian remaining as normal supervisor.

16. The Padres swoop in and signal first baseman Anthony Rizzo to a three-year deal, beating out the Yankees for the three-time All-Star.

17. The Rangers signal Carlos Rodón to a five-year, $144 million contract.

18. The Mariners signal Dansby Swanson to a six-year, $154 million deal and transfer him to second base, leaving J.P. Crawford at shortstop.

19. Zack Greinke returns to the Royals on a one-year deal. Déjà vu once more.

20. The Rays lastly resolve their stadium state of affairs, a improvement that solidifies the crew’s presence within the Tampa/St. Petersburg marketplace for many years.

21. Main League Baseball pronounces growth for the 2025 season. Nashville and Las Vegas are the early favorites to land new franchises.

22. Michael Conforto indicators with the Blue Jays on a two-year, $34 million cope with an choose out after Yr 1, giving Toronto a much-needed left-handed energy bat to raised stability its lineup.

23. Kenley Jansen returns to the Braves on a two-year, $34 million contract.

24. José Abreu indicators with the Rays on a two-year, $34 million deal.

25. The Padres announce that Juan Soto will transfer to left area and Fernando Tatis Jr. will transfer to proper area, liberating up shortstop for Ha-Seong Kim.

(High picture of Jacob deGrom: Wealthy Schultz / Getty Photographs)

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