After a long 5 1/2 months, baseball is finally returning today and I could not be any more excited. This is the best day of the year for the MLB, and fans around the world rejoice. With that being said, this is the first time that we will have the chance to see how offseason acquisitions will perform for their new teams. In this article, I will name a few of these players, as well as listing my risers and fallers for this season.
Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig to Cincinnati (Riser)
This would have been the top story in nearly any other year, but due to Bryce Harper and Mike Trout’s insane contracts. As a result, I think that the Reds will go under many people’s radars. These are two players who have played at an MVP level in the past. Kemp a bit longer ago, but Puig has been a star for LA over the last few years and the pair should bolster the struggling Reds outfield. I think that the impact will be big enough in fact, for the Reds to make a push for the NL Central crown.
Bryce Harper to Philadelphia (Riser)
This was THE story of this offseason. Not only is he with a new team, but he’s making $330 MILLION over 13 YEARS. The Phillies were 80-82 last year, just behind Harper’s Washington Nationals, and without a true star player. The Nationals will fall drastically and I see Philly not only passing them, but overtaking the Atlanta Braves for the East division title. Harper is a generational talent, and despite recent struggles, a top 5 player in the MLB.
Manny Machado to the Padres (Steady)
I’m going to be 100% honest here. This was an awful move by the Padres, and the only reason I don’t have them as a faller is that they were already terrible. Machado was slightly above average on a stacked Dodgers team, and for 10 years and $300M this was atrocious. Shame on whoever made this move for San Diego, and props to Machado for ths ROBBERY.
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