Following a very eventful off season, many teams did a lot while quite a few did very little. Here's our rankings on how each team did.
Worst: Tampa Bay Rays
Coming off of a season where they went to the World Series, the Rays let a lot of players go and got very little. Key pieces to last year's success have left in frustrated Blake Snell and aging Charlie Morton. To replace them they signed Chris Archer, former Rays pitcher who was bad to say the least in Pittsburgh. They also gave away Jose Alvarado, a hard throwing left-hander who has provided Tampa Bay with a lot of big innings. The Rays could really regress in 2021.
Best: San Diego Padres
The Padres didn't keep quiet this off season, showing that they will do anything in their power to beat the Dodgers. Early on they signed a few stud pitchers like Blake Snell and Yu Darvish, and later bulked up the rotation even more by adding Joe Musgrove. They signed utility man Ha-Seong Kim to play the infield or the outfield. They lost out on closer Kirby Yates but replaced him with fire balling Keone Kela and veteran Mark Melancon. They also kept Yu Darvish familiar with his catcher as they also traded for Victor Caratini, Darvish's personal catcher last year. The Padres are all in on this great core they have.
Worst: Colorado Rockies
After a lackluster few years behind a great few players, the Rockies have looked to begin their rebuilding phase, starting with shipping Nolan Arenado to the Cardinals for virtually nothing. They didn't get a single player in the Cardinals top 10 prospects, and also dealt $50 million in addition to Arenado. They didn't add much either, and also gave up a very underrated player in David Dahl, who produced monster numbers in Colorado. Look for another big move to be made like trading away Trevor Story.
Best: New York Mets
Brand new owner Steve Cohen came in and promised big things in the Big Apple, and he didn't disappoint. He first signed a very solid catcher in James McCann to help replace Wilson Ramos. They also got an above average reliever in Trevor May, who can provide lots of depth in a bullpen with big question marks. They also went out an made a three team trade to acquire Joey Lucchesi, former top prospect who never was the big time pitcher Padres fans expected. He still was a pretty decent starter in his time in San Diego. The big move that really shook up the off season was trading for possibly the best shortstop in the game in Francisco Lindor. They also didn't give up a ton in return to get a top player in the game. Lindor has been rumored to be on his way out for a while now, but Steve Cohen was the one who got it done.
Worst: Cleveland Indians
After dealing Francisco Lindor, the Indians were already on the pathway towards a rebuild, and they didn't really get much either this off season. They let Carlos Santana go, and they let go of Brad Hand, an all-star closer that has been nothing less than great in Cleveland. The club overall got much worse, and we don't see much coming from here. One plus was that they got a few decent prospects like Andres Gimenez who is having a great Spring Training so far. They have a few decent pieces, but overall had a very bad off season.
Best: Toronto Blue Jays
The Blue Jays added a lot of big names this off season to go along with a great young core that is almost destined for success. They added former saves leader Kirby Yates and Robbie Ray into their pitching staff, which was a huge need this off season. They also added former MVP candidate Marcus Semien, who will likely have to move positions to fit into the lineup. The big move they made was signing star outfielder George Springer to a massive 6 year, $150 million contract. They also almost added Michael Brantley, but ended up losing that deal. The Blue Jays could be heavy contenders in the AL after this off season.
Worst: Los Angeles Angels
The Angels had big needs coming into the off season, and tried to help by acquiring old pitchers who haven't seen success in a while. Everybody has been expecting them to finally get a big name starter year after year, but fail miserably. They have a great lineup and young core but almost no starters that can win big games. They might be better, but the holes they had are still there. The Angels will have to address the pitching if they want to have success soon.
Best: Washington Nationals
er season they had in 2020. They filled their needs well, and were able to make a lot of moves without giving much up. They got All-Star first baseman Josh Bell, who has shown that he can be one of the top first baseman in the league, but he hasn't been able to produce good numbers multiple times. They also grabbed top closer in the league Brad Hand, one of the big time pitchers with some of the best stats in baseball. Washington also acquired veteran lefty Jon Lester to pitch in big games and bring a veteran presence to the clubhouse. Slugger Kyle Schwarber also came over to help slug their way back to the playoffs. While the Nationals might not look to scary, they had a great off season to help produce a good bounce-back season.