MLB Off-Season Recap

MLB Off-Season Recap

This year’s offseason was a crazy one. Activity got started early with Boston, Toronto, and San Diego making major splashes. Toronto is desperate to make the playoffs, as it’s been since ’93 since Canada had any October baseball. Miami, both Chicago clubs, and Seattle also made bold moves; with former Rangers slugger Nelson Cruz going to Seattle to help their offensive woes. Things slowed down around the{{more}} holidays, the Dodgers and Yankees made shrewd moves that weren’t high priced. With spring training right around the corner though, this past week saw a flurry of activity. The Rangers bolstered their rotation with the trade for Brewers ace Yovani Gallardo , and the Washington Nationals signed this year’s top free agent prize, ace Max Scherzer, to a mega deal worth over $200 million. The only other contract dished out this offseason that was bigger was the record setting contract the Marlins gave their star player Giancarlo Stanton . The biggest fish left in the sea at the moment is former Royals ace James Shields, and it’s just a matter of time before he signs a contract worth over $100 million. Toronto is rumored to be the landing spot. Finally, this offseason saw the passing of Hall of Famer and Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks. “Mr. Cub” was a remarkable human being with an infectious smile and radiant attitude. He was a true pioneer and the first African American to play for the Chicago Cubs. He will be remembered not only for his tremendous baseball achievements, but also for helping pave the way for true racial diversity in Major League Baseball and racial equality during the civil rights movement. May you rest in peace Mr. Cub, and thank you for all you have given to the world, and the city of Chicago. Follow me on Twitter @mattaclyContact me via email: mattacly@gmail.com