The National League East always seemed likely to be a place of great intrigue this winter and beyond, but things have been quite a bit more raucous than might have been anticipated. Four potential east coast powerhouses are presently engaged in an offseason arms race that could lead to a riveting regular season.
While there’s still a ton of time left to make acquisitions this winter, the Braves, Mets, Nationals, and Phillies have each already pulled off some notable strikes. (Marlins fans will have to be content with some minor-league signings.) We’ll round up the moves — for all the details, click the provided links — and then leave a question for MLBTR readers to answer.
- Braves: signed Josh Donaldson (link); signed Brian McCann (link)
- Mets: acquired Robinson Cano, Edwin Diaz (link)
- Nationals: signed Patrick Corbin (link); acquired Yan Gomes (link); signed Kurt Suzuki (link); signed Trevor Rosenthal (link); acquired Kyle Barraclough (link)
- Phillies: acquired Jean Segura, Juan Nicasio, James Pazos (link)
It certainly wouldn’t be fair to compare these decisions as if they represent the entirety of an offseason. After all, all of these clubs are clearly set up for additional acquisitions — which is a large part of what makes this so fun to witness. Instead, we’ll put it this way: which of these organizations has made the wisest early moves? (Link for app users.)