With the General Managers meetings coming to a close this past week in Boca Raton, Florida, there were some significant moves made. The best defensive shortstop in the game was dealt, while new Boston Red Sox GM Dave Dombrowski got right to work.
The first move to make some big noise was when the Atlanta Braves traded Andrelton Simmons to the Los Angeles Angels for Erick Aybar, minor league prospects and cash. Just 26 years old, Simmons is arguable the best defensive shortstop in the game. Since he made his debut four seasons ago, Simmons has 113 defensive runs saved which is 71 more than the next closest shortstop in Brandon Crawford. Simmons is signed for the next six seasons at a total cost of $53 million..
With an aging closer who is coming off of injury, the Boston Red Sox and Dave Dombrowski made a bold move trading for shut down closer Craig Kimbrel. You will remember Kimbrel during his time in Atlanta, and his one season in San Diego. Kimbrel is one of the best closers in the game with a upper 90’s fastball and a wipe out slider. In just six seasons, the righty has 225 saves, with an ERA of 1.65 and 563 strikeouts in 348 1/3 innings pitched. These move strengthens a weak bullpen that recorded a 4.24 ERA that ranked 26th in MLB. What move will Dombrowski make next?
Some other intriguing moves that took place over the past week include the Yankees trading up and coming catcher John Ryan Murphy for Minnesota Twins OF Aaron Hicks. The Yankees bring in the Twins 2008 first round pick, who is just 26 years old, a lot younger than their alternatives. On top of dealing Kimbrel, the Padres also sent relief pitcher Joaquin Benoit to the Mariners for two minor leaguers. RHP Marco Estrada and the Blue Jays agreed two a two year contract. Estrada is coming off his best season where he finished with a 13-8 record and a 3.13 ERA. Jeremy “Hellboy” Hellickson joins his third team in what will be his seventh season after he got traded to the Philadelphia Phillies for Sam McWilliams.
What will be the nest big splash in MLB? Will we see Aroldis Chapman move out of Cincinnati? Who will be the first ace to make a move? Where does the Mets savior Yoenis Cespedes end up? The offseason is just heating up!