Poll: Best Move Of The Offseason

Pitchers and position players have poured into camps spread across Florida and Arizona this week, officially bringing an end to the 2010-2011 offseason. We saw several monster free agent contracts handed out this winter and quite a few blockbuster trades, perhaps more than we’re accustomed too. Multiyear contracts buying out arbitration and free agent years also increased in popularity.

Our Transaction Tracker shows every move completed this offseason, whether it be a trade, free agent signing, contract extension, or even a waiver claim. Some clubs improved by leaps and bounds, others made small, incremental steps. Everyone is in first place today, and we’re still about five weeks from seeing these moves actually impact the standings. That’s never stopped us from judging them though…


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Ferrariman
4 years 6 months ago

the Blue Jays dumping Vernon Wells AND getting value for him has gotta be head and shoulders the best move.

4 years 6 months ago

haha. ok im gonna be pessimistic and call that move “Blue Jays replace Vernon Wells with Jose Bautista.” I’m not arguing that it will happen but will anybody be totally shocked if Bautista is more of a dud than Wells?

roomwithamoose
4 years 6 months ago

yeah I think just by salary alone it’s a win for blue jays (rather pay $13 million dud than 20 mil dud), but the risk didn’t warrant the extension. If he gets another monster year, and becomes too pricey collect the picks for him, which 2 years ago no one would think he’d be a Type A. His past doesn’t give enough evidence that this isn’t an aberration in his career.

jakec77
4 years 6 months ago

The Bautista contract should still be movable in a year, as long as he doesn’t completely and totally tank. Even a 25 HR season, from a guy who can play 3B- that’s an okay contract.

The Wells contract was completely, totally, no one in their right mind would ever take back, bad.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 6 months ago

I like the Jeff Francis signing as one of the top moves. I’d have the Wells, Manny, Francis, Royals acquisitions for Greinke, and the Cliff Lee signings as best moves.

Rabbitov
4 years 6 months ago

The Wells move is nice, but while it may help them in the long term, it certainly doesn’t help them for next season. The best move this offseason was the Red Sox getting Adrian Gonzalez (I am an Orioles fan, so even saying that hurts). Look at his numbers in freaking Petco. I am scared to think what he can do outside of that park.

roomwithamoose
4 years 6 months ago

I have to think Greinke trade has to be the best move for sole fact that, yeah it was good, but addressed an area of need greater than lets say phillies acquiring Lee. Lee upgrades philly, but not as much as greinke changes the brewer staff. That being said ,if cost were the same, I’d rather have Lee than Greinke

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start_wearing_purple
4 years 6 months ago

Best upgrade: Grienke to the Brewers
Most surprising: Wells to the Angels (Great move for the Jays)

Fifty_Five
4 years 6 months ago

You mean Wells to the Angels. I still think Werth was the most suprising. The Nats weren’t even rumored to be looking at him

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start_wearing_purple
4 years 6 months ago

Thanks

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 6 months ago

anyone can sign a free agent for the right (read: way too much) money.
can anybody dump 80 million and still get something of positive value back?

Verlander_Will_Save_Us_All
4 years 6 months ago

I read “(read: way too much)” way too much.

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 6 months ago

that means you’re under my mind control. NOW CONVINCE DOMBROWSKI TO TRADE VERLANDER TO US FOR JUAN RIVERA.

Verlander_Will_Save_Us_All
4 years 6 months ago

Sorry, the mind control wore off about 10 minutes ago. Better luck next time!

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 6 months ago

My mind control is telling you that. You will subconsciously fulfill my every order

Verlander_Will_Save_Us_All
4 years 6 months ago

As much fun as that sounds… and it does sound fun, I don’t think I’ll be doing that. So… ya.

The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 6 months ago

Still, who can have even imagined the Jays being able to dupe someone into taking all of Wells’ contracts?

roberty
4 years 6 months ago

If you voted for anything besides the Vernon Wells salary dump you simply are not being objective.

roomwithamoose
4 years 6 months ago

Why I voted for Greinke trade and I’m a Yankees fan. But yeah I totally “heart” the brewers.

monkeyspanked
4 years 6 months ago

Hands down, the best off-season move. Period. Look back on almost any big free-agent signing and usually they end up ugly. But shedding that monster was a miracle. That just doesn’t happen. It’s only the middle of February and Tony Reagins already owns the Chump of the Year award.

4 years 6 months ago

Well, I’ll agree that the Wells trade was the best trade, but I don’t think it’s the best move of the offseason. Consider FA signings, claims, front office changes, too.

I’ll still say Pat Burrell’s contract was the best move by all teams this offseason. When considering his talent, he’s worth about 7 million. For the Giants to get Burrell at just 1 million is simply outstanding.

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 6 months ago

net value gained on burrell signing: 6 million
net value gained on wells trade: over 80 million

bjsguess
4 years 6 months ago

That’s probably a bit of hyperbole. Wells is $10m/year type player. The Jays gained $40m for Wells + Napoli – a million or two for Rivera. Still the best move of the off-season … assuming that the Jays do something with the money.

jakec77
4 years 6 months ago

How are defining “best”? The team that got the best player-I’d say Gonzalez. The team that got the best deal- getting rid of Vernon Wells, clearly, but I would have like to have seen K Wood going to Cubs on the list, I know it wasn’t a huge move, but given the deals that other non-closer relievers got this offseason, that was certainly a steal

bjsguess
4 years 6 months ago

I think it was a steal. Burrell and Wood represent the best bargain signings. Lee to the Phillies for the best FA signing. And A-Gon to the Red Sox (assuming an extension is signed) and Grienke to the Brewers round out the best trade acquisitions. Best move the off-season was the Jays dumping Wells on the Halos.

Burrell wasn’t huge news, but that’s the best move of the offseason to me. Very low risk with potentially high reward.

4 years 6 months ago

Still say Manny turns out to be the better bargain. He’ll probably earn his paycheck with just his OBP alone, plus he’s not gonna hurt his team in the field like Burrell likely will.

4 years 6 months ago

The BIGGEST move is the Yankees signing Bartolo Colon!

roomwithamoose
4 years 6 months ago

But that was negated by Cap’n Crunch rediscovering his pirate roots, and hijacked 25 pounds of CC for ransom. CC was unwilling to negotiate with pirates, and told him to keep it.

Verlander_Will_Save_Us_All
4 years 6 months ago

That’s as random as me asking you if you were evicted by a moose.

roomwithamoose
4 years 6 months ago

it’s a respoinse to a fat colon joke saying their weights balanced out, but roomwithamoose is a reference to Invader Zim, the worst fate imaginable.

Guest
4 years 6 months ago

So I am eating some of that delicious cereal right now.. It doesn’t destroy the roof of my mouth anymore.. Greatest move of the offseason by far.

SpecialFNK
4 years 6 months ago

maybe the best move yet will be when the Yankees and all their money invent a time machine so they can go back to when Colon and Prior were good.

bonestock94
4 years 6 months ago

Has to be Lee to Phillies. Anything that creates THAT rotation just has to be #1 imo.

A close second is the Jays dumping Wells. The only explanation for that deal is a horse’s head in Reagins’ bed.

SpecialFNK
4 years 6 months ago

I think the best move has to be the Jays trading Wells, because I don’t think anybody ever thought that was possible. pretty much everything else was realistically possible. not only trading Wells, but the entire contract AND got value for him. THAT was incredible!

4 years 6 months ago

I really like the Uggla deal. A great hitter, tons of powerl

4 years 6 months ago

I really like the Uggla deal. Good hitter with tons of power. They got him for a super utility player and a hard throwing lefty, which is not much. And they extended him. Great deal.

4 years 6 months ago

Tough call….

The Dan Uggla trade was a cool one. The Braves have needed a right-handed power threat in the middle of the order since Andruw Jones departed and they basically gave up peanuts for Uggla.

Then again, the Blue Jays did what many said was impossible…….trading Vernon Wells and his entire salary and somehow getting a useful piece in return.

I’ll go with the Wells trade.

Encarnacion's Parrot
4 years 6 months ago

Actually got 2 useful pieces in return. Fransisco is a decent reliever, and Rivera can possibly put up the same OPS as Wells.

Was thinking about Lee sticking it to the Yankees and creating that beastly rotation, but c’mon. $86mil completely immovable.

Pete
4 years 6 months ago

Even though Wells getting moved was the best move, my fave was Manny for $2MM. He’s going to OPS about 950 people, no care ever what he does.

muskyfish
4 years 6 months ago

I didn’t take the time to check, but I think Adam Dunn was a B-Type Free-Agent, so I went with him signing with Chicago. It may be a boring pick because their was no trade involved, but when you get a big-time impact bat and don’t have to give up anything or break the bank, that’s a pretty good deal in my book. If Dunn was a Type-A, then I will go with the Wells salary dump if we can also take Bautista’s extension into account.

Brad426
4 years 6 months ago

He was Type A (by a lot, really). No guy that averaged 38 HR’s in the two years they use to determine that will be a Type B. I mean now that the Steroid Era is over…

muskyfish
4 years 6 months ago

I thought he was on the verge? There is no way he ever shouldn’t have been… but he’s been underrated for years.

Chrisn313
4 years 6 months ago

Dunn was a type A by a longshot. And many teams interest had waned on him, due to his complaints about becoming a DH. He does fit well for them, but I’m not so sure he isn’t overpaid at 12,14,15, and 15 mill over the next 4 years. All that for a DH who has great power and Walk rates but poor RISP numbers and provides no defense whatsoever. Can’t see that as better than the V-Dub Dump

Guest
4 years 6 months ago

Wells and Rios’ contracts worked out so well… why not Bautista?

HerbertAnchovy
4 years 6 months ago

Because a different GM structured Bautista’s.

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 6 months ago

its essentially the same deal as rios’

4 years 6 months ago

less years no??

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 6 months ago

but bautista is older

Snoochies8
4 years 6 months ago

As an A’s fan, Vernon Wells far and away, but I’d say in general Zack Greinke because it made the Brewers pitching staff just THAT much stronger after getting Marcum and made them contenders for the central and made the crazy strong KC system even stronger.

You could say the Gonzalez trade has the same kinda characteristics, but I chose the Greinke trade because the Red Sox are contenders to begin with

4 years 6 months ago

If the Brewers fail to make the playoffs this year and they can’t extend Greinke, then the Brewers are in real trouble. The move did turn them into contenders on paper for THIS year, but I just can’t see how anyone doesn’t count the Wells trade as the best move. Going back over all of this, it’s a complete no-brainer for me.

Snoochies8
4 years 6 months ago

Vernon Wells is by FAR the best in terms of one sided trades, and I think Greinke is the best in terms of both sides getting value, and Manny Ramirez was the best deal in terms of free agency

Flharfh
4 years 6 months ago

They’ll be contenders in 2012 too. The only significant player the Brewers lose after the 2011 season is Fielder, and they’ll also get rid of Yuni, which is a plus. Fielder and Yuni alone is 20mm off the books to buy FA replacements.

On the topic, though, I think the Wells trade is by far the best move. Dumping all that salary and getting value back in return is obscene.

Guest
4 years 6 months ago

Didn’t even read the other choices after I saw V-Wells at the top…

4 years 6 months ago

There’s no point, it’s clearly the best overall move of the offseason. The question wasn’t “Which move will have the greatest impact to a team in 2011?”

The Blue Jays got rid of their biggest roadblock(and easily one of the worst contracts in the game) without eating a cent and even acquired one or two solid pieces in the process.

And I wish people would stop freaking out over Bautista’s extension. It’s technically for only 4 years, as the 2011 season is his last arbitration season for him. And it’s not completely ridiculous either. No, it’s extremely unlikely that he tops 50 HR again, but he doesn’t have to do that in order to justify that extension. I think he’s fully capable of at least a few years with 25+ HR, .350 OBP. And as long as he can keep playing good defense in LF/RF, while also having the ability to play 3B….I say he lives up to it. It’s not like they just handed a 7 year, $126 million contract to Jayson Werth(who I think is and will continue being a better play between the two). If the Jays waited to see if he can repeat and he actually does, he instantly becomes at least a $15-17 million per year guy on the market. The Jays know a lot more than any of us do about the possibility of him repeating, and they must feel that he can at least put up the numbers I listed above.

Their GM has done well for himself in his short stint. Sold high on Alex Gonzalez and acquired a very talented young SS in Yunel Escobar. I still say it was the right move on the Braves part as Escobar was one distraction after another with his sometimes lazy play and his unbelievable arrogance. I know he didn’t hit much even after the trade, but he’s at least a top 3 SS in terms of defense already. And I think the power will return, but if it doesn’t he’ll still provide plenty of value from his defense and his ability to get on base at a good clip.

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 6 months ago

yeah, i felt a lot better about the bautista signing when i realized it’s really only a 4 year extension.

SpecialFNK
4 years 6 months ago

I feel like I’m shocked to see Cliff currently leading, what!? how was that the best move? are we loaded with Phillies fans tonight? even without Lee the Phillies still had Halladay/Oswalt(full season)/Hamels/Blanton/plus. adding in Lee sure helps, but it wasn’t like he put them over the top when they would have been great even without him.

4 years 6 months ago

First off, I am a Phillies fan. Why I think the Lee signing was the best move is simple. The Phillies would have been favorites to win the East and NL, but not by a lot (Braves got better this off season). Signing Lee takes the Phillies from a favorite to win the NL to Absolutely Winning the NL. Now we all know injuries can destroy a team, but on paper the Phillies are insane. Bringing Lee back has energized this city like I have never seen. Just when I thought it couldn’t be my hyped here, BOOM, Lee is a Philly again.

The Lee signing also takes a lot of stress off of the bullpen, our weakness. Lee pitching also keeps Kyle Kendrick out of the picture. That boy scares the crap out of me. Plus you never know if one of the aces we had would go down. Starter depth wasn’t a strong point. Vance Worley looked great in a limited roll, but he is really young. This gives the Phils 6 decent starters with a kid as a backup.

LioneeR
4 years 6 months ago

So wait, is Kendrick a “decent starter” or does he “scare the crap” out of you? Sounds like the Phillies really only have 5 good options for SP.

Ferrariman
4 years 6 months ago

Lets put this in perspective here, Vernon Wells will be the second highest paid position player next year. Stop and think about that.

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 6 months ago

I…I’m trying!… but I can’t!!! ERROR! ERROR! ERROR!!!!

4 years 6 months ago

Meh.. it’s like how Rashard Lewis is the 2nd highest paid player in basketball. And even he was traded this year.

4 years 6 months ago

I honestly think that the best move of the offseason was Pat Burrell signing for only 1 million.

4 years 6 months ago

I say Manny will be the bigger bargain between the two. His power may have taken a hit, but he’ll be limited to DH duty, so the risk of injury goes down a tick. As long as he can get on base at his usual clip(the one thing I am confident about him doing) and post a SLG of around .430-.450……chances are he’ll have earned his paycheck by the break.

Manny also isn’t going to hurt his team defensively, but Burrell definitely will. And no, I could care less what his dWAR was last year with the Giants. There’s no way in hell he’s a plus defender.

4 years 6 months ago

I disagreed with Cliff Lee because the Phillies already had a good rotation. I disagreed with Agon because of shoulder and extension issues. I disagreed with Crawford because of they didn’t absolutely need him. I almost chose Greinke because it put the Brewers into contention, but I had to go with the most outstanding move…

Another move not listed

Not even close. Alright this seemed funnier in my head. I went with Wells. duh