I fully believe the reported losses are real, though whether cash flow was equally impacted was not stated.
Coming off a division title, and following years of success and printing money after the 2016 World Series win, the Ricketts family suddenly cried poor and non-tendered Schwarber and traded Darvish for Davies and some teenage prospects to save payroll. Then late in the offseason they suddenly reversed course, deciding to spend a little money and sign Pederson (fine, he replaces Schwarber) and Arrieta (umm, his ERA has risen five consecutive seasons, including 5.08 with the Phillies in 2020). Are you going for it or not? Pick a lane. I guess here's the thing: The Cubs might still win the division. Look at guaranteed money spent on free agents this offseason:New York Yankees MLB Design Face Coverings
There are few stronger examples of the impact of declining pitching workloads than right here in my annual "Kings of Command" analysis. In 2020, just 32 starting pitchers met the criteria outlined in past editions, and that's prorating the batters-faced requirements (200 in a 162 game season, meaning 74 in 60 games). Throw in the fact that a 60-game season represents a precariously small sample size (meaning a greater-than-usual number of outliers on either side) and it's not so easy to find a good number of statistically-driven bargain candidates.Detroit Tigers MLB Design Face Coverings
The 28-year-old Walker joins a rotation headed by two-time Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom. New York’s need for a pitcher increased with the loss of Seth Lugo, who will miss the start of the season following elbow surgery Tuesday to remove a bone spur.Miami Marlins MLB Design Face Coverings
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On the flip side (BA over power), Buster Posey is healthier than he’s been in years after opting out last season, and the career .302 hitter is the rare catcher who won’t hurt your batting average. Maybe some of his diminished power returns further removed from hip surgery, and the former MVP winner should hit toward the top or middle of a much-improved Giants lineup that’s otherwise loaded with lefties. Moreover, last season Oracle Park changed its dimensions (among other tweaks), resulting in it going from an extreme pitcher’s park to an extreme hitter’s park.
The Mets’ roster would look totally different, but a trade for Bryant would be worth it in the end.Washington Nationals MLB Design Face Coverings