Mookie Betts and David Price go for greener pastures
In by far the biggest move of the offseason, the Dodgers acquired former-MVP Mookie Betts and former Cy Young winner David Price from the Red Sox. It was a move that had been rumored for months, and the addition of yet another MVP to an already stacked lineup into becoming World Series favorites. In exchange, Los Angeles gave up a prospect package headlined by Alex Verdugo and Jeter Downs. When the season was suspended in March, there was fear that Betts would never actually play a game in Dodger blue. But amidst a revitalized season and contract extension rumors, there’s a good chance we’ll get to see Mookie in LA for a while.
Gerrit Cole puts on the pinstripes
After an incredibly dominant 2019 season in Houston, Gerrit Cole decided to make a move to the other top team in the AL. The undisputed top pitcher available, Cole had been rumored to have been pursued by the Phillies, Angels, and Dodgers before finally settling in the Bronx. Cole will headline one of the best rotations in the league, transforming the Yankees into the favorites in the AL.
Anthony Rendon heads west
Rendon quietly became a top-10 player in the league last year after leading Washington to a title and finishing third in NL MVP voting. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect for Rendon, as he entered free agency the biggest position player on the market. In the end, Rendon decided to head out to the Angels on a price tag of $245 million over seven years. Rendon and the Angels will hope to capitalize on the primes of Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani to dethrone the Astros and A’s atop the AL West.
Josh Donaldson joins the power surge in Minnesota
The Twins grabbed the biggest position player on the 2019 free agent market not named Anthony Rendon when they signed 2015 AL MVP Josh Donaldson to a four-year, $92 million contract in January. Long rumored to be heading back to Atlanta, where he had a resurgent season in 2019, the Twins were able to swoop in and add to their powerful lineup. There will certainly be longballs in St. Paul this season.
Madison Bumgarner switches NL West teams
Madison Bumgarner has long been synonymous with the Giants, especially after his dominant 2014 postseason performance. It was a surprise, then, when MadBum didn’t end up back in San Francisco and instead joined the Diamondbacks in Arizona for five years and $70 million. MadBum joins an up-and-coming team that will be battling for a Wild Card spot this season.
Atlanta bolsters lineup and bullpen with Marcell Ozuna, Will Smith
After losing out on the Josh Donaldson sweepstakes, Atlanta regained some power in their lineup by signing Marcell Ozuna to a one-year deal in January. Ozuna will likely round off the outfield in Atlanta or take the newly-minted DH spot. On top of the Ozuna signing, the Braves transformed their bullpen into a top tier one with the signing of Will Smith to a three-year deal.
Corey Kluber is sent to Texas
Perennial Cy Young candidate Corey Kluber had heard his name in plenty of trade rumors throughout the 2019 season, but it wasn’t until the offseason that he was finally shipped out to Texas in exchange for Delino DeShields Jr. and Emmanuel Clase. Kluber’s season ended quickly in 2019 after fracturing his forearm on a line drive back at him, but strong seasons in 2017 and 2018 kept his trade value high. He’ll be joining an underrated pitching staff in Texas headlined by Mike Minor and Lance Lynn.