The Major League Baseball offseason has been quieter than a prayer service in a catholic church. Moves aren’t being made and fans are letting their teams have it on Twitter. This is pretty typical of the MLB offseason which is nothing in comparison to the NBA offseason which practically serves as a fantasy draft and competition to see which player can switch teams the most.
The virtual winter meetings just began this week and with that will come a few more moves that will get the hot stove heated up. After COVID-19, some teams may be weary to spend as much money as they typically would in a season as it’s likely that the 2021 campaign will begin without fans or a very limited attendance. This has an immediate effect on revenue and in turn creates less spending. As we saw from last season, teams are less likely to hand out large contrats so add in COVID-19 conditions and players wanting to get paid and this could hold out deals for another month or so.
In the meantime, we can dream. There are a couple of huge names that have entered free-agency and a couple of others that have been floated around on the trading block. With that being said, let’s list a couple of dream scenarios that would make the MLB much more exciting come 2021.
Cleveland Indians trade SS Francisco Lindor to the Toronto Blue Jays
It’s no secret that the Cleveland Indians don’t enjoy spending money and it seems like since the day they lost the World Series to the Chicago Cubs, they have been trying to offload Francisco Lindor for a massive package. The time has come where Lindor is entering his final season under contract and if they want a massive haul, now is the time to do it.
The Toronto Blue Jays made the playoffs in 2020 and they are ready to push their chips all-in and compete for a World Series this season. Adding Lindor to an already star-studded infield would give the Blue Jays a legitimate veteran star and playoff-experienced hitter who shows flashes of brilliance with his glove and a lot of character. The Jays could shift Bo Bichette over to third and this would create a truly deep lineup with Lindor at the top. Lindor wouldn’t come cheap and the Blue Jays would expect to send an MLB ready player and one of their top two prospects like Austin Martin or Jordan Groshans to Cleveland.
Trevor Bauer signs with the Boston Red Sox
Trevor Bauer is officially a free-agent and it couldn’t come at a better time as the former Indians and Reds pitcher is coming off a Cy Young award winning season. Bauer dazzled the National League with his stuff last year, putting up a 1.73 ERA, 2.7 WAR and 100 strikeouts in just 11 games. Even more interesting, if Bauer signs more than a one-year deal this offseason, he will have to pay off a bet of being “shot in the nuts” with a paintball gun by his buddy who said he could only sign short-term deals.
It’s still up in the air as to whether or not the Red Sox will be spending this offseason or if they will rebuild. The guess is that after bringing Alex Cora back, getting a healthy Chris Sale and retaining J.D. Martinez, the Sox will go for another AL East Title before Boston fans get weary. They need top of the line pitching more than anything and Bauer would fit perfectly into a rotation that is lefty-dominant.
Chicago Cubs trade Kris Bryant to the Miami Marlins
Kris Bryant may have played his final days at the third base position if he hits the trading block this off-season. There have been plenty of rumors to suggest that the Cubs will be looking to ship off their star to clear up some space and avoid paying him another big deal after the end of next season. The Cubs will need to find a trade partner that isn’t in their own division and one who can get creative with Bryant’s athleticism. Over the last six seasons, Bryant has played over 100 games in the outfield and for a team needing a bat but not a third baseman, this could be the fit.
The Cubs need some money and their leverage over this trade isn’t great. Even in a shortened season, Bryant is coming off a year where he hit just .206 and four home runs, driving his trade value down. The Marlins made a nice push last season in the postseason, but their bats must improve and they could get Bryant for a nice price and place him in left field. He adds a needed power bat and a cornerstone for a team looking to contend.