Don't let the recent Hot Stove action make you forget about these eight major moves
With the Brewers' moves Thursday to land
Don't let that happen! Here are some moves to remember before the Hot Stove gets even hotter.
On the surface, Santana is an odd fit with the Phillies. They're a young team that won just 66 games in 2017 while Santana is entering his age-32 season. On top of that, 2017 dinger-mashing phenom
Santana may be a bigger deal than you thought.
Indians replace Carlos Santana with All-Star
How does a team coming off a 102-win season compensate for the departure of a star first baseman? How about signing an All-Star first baseman to replace him?
That's precisely what the Indians did in signing Alonso, who hit 28 home runs last year to earn the first All-Star selection of his career.
That sort of dinger hitting should be well-received in Cleveland.
Blue Jays add
The Blue Jays dealt with injuries to infielders
Similarly, the departure of
The Rockies replaced one All-Star closer with another. After 2017 closer
Davis will join a bullpen that already had
With his mother battling ALS, the Cardinals traded Piscotty to the A's in part so he could be closer to his home and family. He'll hopefully be able to dust off this retro number:
As a rookie in 2008, Longoria helped lead the Rays to the only World Series appearance in franchise history. He's been the face of the franchise ever since. And for good reason: Look at that smile.
He leaves the Rays as the franchise leader in many offensive categories and arrives in San Francisco to stabilize what was a revolving door at third base having played in over 155 games in each of the last five seasons.
One of the first major moves of the offseason saw the Mariners acquire the Marlins second baseman for a trio of prospects. One issue:
That forced Gordon to center field, a position he has never played in his professional career. Thanks to his considerable speed, however, he should be fine out there, even with the generous dimensions of Safeco Field.
The big news of the Angels offseason -- aside from
Building on the momentum of the Ohtani signing, they added four-time All-Star Ian Kinsler and donkey owner Zack Cozart to their infield, which, paired with Gold Glover
But, most importantly, Donald the donkey is going to Orange County, eventually:
None of these moves may be as flashy as the Brewers acquiring Yelich and Cain in one night, but that doesn't mean they aren't important in their own right. So, commit them to memory; that way it won't surprise you when you see Longoria is wearing a Giants uniform come Spring Training.