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So far, this baseball offseason is tiring

I’m not sure what the Reds and Yankees are doing this offseason…

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So far, this baseball offseason is tiring

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Holy smokes. The moves that have been made this week in Major League Baseball have been nothing short of mind-blowing. Fresh off a brand new CBA for the MLB, teams were off to races in making trades, signing free agents, and generally being hectic. Some of the action that took place made sense for certain teams. There are definite holes that were filled in in cases like the Atlanta Braves trading for Matt Olson to play first base. All offseason it has been expected that Freddie Freeman would no longer suit up for Atlanta so the defending champs had to make a move. But other moves have me a bit dumbfounded. Here are a couple below:

Reds lose about 60 home runs/season

For some reason, the Reds are cleaning house. They must feel like they have no chance at winning the NL Central, or being relevant anytime soon. On 3/13, the Reds sent Sonny Gray to Minnesota for prospects so you had to believe that more was on the horizon. However, the trade that happened next was an absolute blockbuster.

Fresh off his best season as a pro, Jesse Winker and teammate Eugenio Suarez were shipped to Seattle in exchange for another prospect package. Winker (28) and Suarez (30) are still both in the prime of their careers but, as a Pirate fan, I know far well what it means once a player has reached their peak in production. It means you never get to see that player suit up for your team ever again. While I understand that, I don’t understand why the Reds decided to get rid of their top guys. I figured after finishing third in the NL Central, they might try and make one final push for the playoffs in 2022. They finished third in the NL Central behind the Cardinals and Brewers and they still have the ageless wonder, Joey Votto and Jonathan India who is fresh off a nice ROY campaign in 2021.

I wouldn’t have thrown in the towel just yet if I were the Reds, but obviously they know something I don’t!

The Reds also lose these dance moves

You ok Yankees?

This to me is so far the dumbest trade I’ve seen in 2022. The Yankees decided to part ways with C Gary Sanchez and 3B Gio Urshela for an old man made of glass, an ok utility guy, and WHO?! I mean, good for Minnesota on this one. I know, everyone hates Gary Sanchez for his defense but the fact of the matter is, you’re going to give up 20+ home runs per year from the catcher position? Those stats are hard to come by. Instead, you’d rather have Kyle Higoshoka as your starting catcher with a sub .200 average and a sub .250 OBP? Cool, cool cool cool.

Additionally, the Yankees said “no problem Minnesota, we’ll take on $50 million of a 36 year old’s salary.” If you’ve got $50 million to spare, why don’t you make a run at someone like Trevor Story, Kris Bryant, and/or Freddie Freeman? That would have given them someone they could lock up for a good amount of time and wouldn’t be done after a season. The Yankees are clearly in win now mode but I don’t see how this move benefits that mentality. Anyways, the Yankees aren’t done yet this offseason so be on the lookout for more from the Bronx.

It’s fun for a change getting to rag on other teams for making dumb moves. I know it’s only a matter of time until Bryan Reynolds leaves Pittsburgh so let me have this moment of zen! But also, say it ain’t so Cutch!!!

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Jason moved to NYC for 9 years and gained a wife, a child, and career then decided to go back to the Steel City. A sports fan since birth, he follows the Pirates, Duquesne basketball, Pens, Steelers, and Pistons (Grant Hill would have been better than Jordan if he had stayed healthy...prove me wrong). He enjoys playing in various sports leagues and throwing his money away on fantasy sports. Besides that, a good book and video games for a day would be just fine with him.

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