Eventually, though, all these big names actually have to go play baseball and produce what they were brought in to produce. And after the first month of play, well, some of them are doing exactly that, and some are doing … less than that.
Obviously, one month is too early to draw too many conclusions. But these games still all count. So how are the top new additions doing for each team after one month? Here’s a look.
All stats entering Monday.
AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST
Blue Jays: Daulton Varsho, LF
Key stat: .588 OPS
The defense has been what the Blue Jays were hoping it would be, but the offense has been a little slow going at the moment, with Varsho only hitting .194. The best hitter the Blue Jays brought in this offseason, so far, has actually been Kevin Kiermaier.
Yankees: Carlos Rodón, SP
Key stat: 0 IP
He has yet to throw an inning due to a left elbow strain and back stiffness, and in fact does not seem especially close to doing so. Which is not ideal.
Guardians: Josh Bell, 1B
Key stat: .206 batting average
Bell got off to the sort of start that made you wonder if something in him may have broken when he was traded from Washington, but he has picked it up a bit lately. If the Guardians can get the star version of Bell, they could run away with this division.
Royals: Aroldis Chapman, RP
Key stat: 99.5 mph average velocity on four-seamers
Quietly, very quietly, Chapman is putting up a strikeout rate (16.5 K/9) that rivals some of his peak seasons.
Twins: Carlos Correa, SS
Key stat: .634 OPS
Maybe one of the smart things about Correa staying in small-market Minnesota is that fewer people are talking about how he’s hitting .202. Fair to say, that might not be the case in New York or San Francisco.
White Sox: Andrew Benintendi, LF
Key stat: .333 SLG
How you feel about how Benintendi is doing may depend on your pre-existing views of him, because he’s essentially putting up his exact career numbers.
Astros: José Abreu, 1B
Key stat: .536 OPS
It has been a dreadful start for the 2020 AL MVP, who still, somehow, doesn’t have a home run.
NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST
Mets: Justin Verlander, SP
Key stat: 0 IP
We’ll have to check back in when Verlander throws his first pitch for the Mets, which is scheduled to happen on Thursday afternoon in Detroit.
Nationals: Jeimer Candelario, 3B
Key stat: .404 SLG
Of all the Nationals players signed essentially to serve as trade bait around the Deadline, Candelario is making the best case for himself right now.
Phillies: Trea Turner, SS
Key stat: 30.1 ft/sec average sprint speed
Turner is not the primary problem for the Phillies -- he can’t pitch, after all -- but he also felt like the exact perfect fit for the Phillies. He may still be, but he is in a wretched slump right now that has his OPS all the way down to a career-low .674.
Cardinals: Willson Contreras, C
Key stat: .762 OPS
The other NL Central team to add a Contreras brother is very happy with how its new catcher is doing … but not much else.
Reds: Wil Myers, 1B/RF
Key stat: .321 slugging percentage
The Reds don’t have a lot of good going on right now, and Myers is no different: He’s hitting .222, and you have to wonder how much time he has left.
Dodgers: J.D. Martinez, DH
Key stat: .534 slugging percentage
He isn’t peak J.D. Martinez anymore, but he’s exactly what he has been for the last three years: a guy you want to have in your lineup every day. Unfortunately, he isn’t in the Dodgers’ lineup right now due to lower back tightness.
Rockies: Jurickson Profar, LF
Key stat: .219 batting average
The primary problem with the Rockies has been their hitting to this point. Profar, who was excellent for the Padres last year, has very much contributed to this issue.