The start of spring training signals the end of the off season, and that means we have to rank some of the best moves of the off season. We aren't just going to rank the best, but the best under-the-radar moves of the off season.
Giants sign Jake McGee
While it doesn't seem like an eye popping move at first, this deal shouldn't go unnoticed. The Giants went out and had a great off season, with one great move coming on this deal to land Jake McGee, a reliever who hasn't had much recognition in his career. Last season he had a stellar year, posting a 2.66 ERA, a strikeouts per nine of 14.6, and a very solid 1.67 FIP in 20.1 innings. Those are stellar numbers that nobody really talked about in the prior year. McGee could be the lock down reliever for the Giants in 2021.
Indians sign Eddie Rosario
After the Lindor trade, it seems pretty clear that the Indians are abandoning their current team and are starting a rebuilding phase. With a great young core, especially the pitching staff, the Indians could be a dominant team in two or three years. The team still made some great moves, including the signing of Eddie Rosario, the former Twins slugger and solid defender. Rosario has a career .277 average, a .788 OPS, and a respectable 11.8 WAR. He is no slouch when it comes to being a great player, and the Indians have been needing a solid outfielder for a while now.
Giants sign Tommy La Stella
Tommy La Stella has had a very underrated career thus far, and the Giants picking him up is a very underrated move as well. The Giants now have a solid infield, featuring the likes of Donovan Solano, Wilmer Flores, Brandon Belt, an of course now Tommy La Stella. He has a career .274 average, a decent OPS at .754, and has only struck out 159 times in a 7 year career. He is a solid contact hitter that can get on base and be a very solid Pick up for the Giants.
Yankees trade for Jameson Taillon
After signing Corey Kluber, the Yankees bulked their rotation even more by acquiring Jameson Taillon. Taillon has been a very solid pitcher in a bad system, so he hasn't gotten the recognition he deserves. He should complete a rotation that has been the weakest point of New York's dynasty. They have been trying to go after starters for the past few years, and in the last two they have added a lot of talent, including MLB's ranked second best pitcher in the league, Gerrit Cole. Their rotation should look like this:
The Yankees projected rotation should do big things for them in the future.