Tales of the 2020-21 MLB offseason

This offseason may be one of the most interesting offseasons ever.

This offseason may be one of the most interesting offseasons ever.

Tyler Cosier, Staff Writer

With pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training, the offseason is slowly coming to a close. There have been a lot of notable transactions featuring players like J.T Realmuto, George Springer, Joc Pederson, Nolan Arenado, and Chris Archer.

Realmuto, 29, signed the biggest contract for a catcher. He signed a five-year, $115.5 million contract with the Phillies. Since being traded from the Marlins on February 7,2019, he has accomplished a lot. The trade he was involved in was in exchange for Jorge Alfaro, Sixto Sanchez, Will Stewart, and $250,000 in international bonus slot money. He went to his second All-Star Game, was named All-MLB First and Second Team, and won a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger Award.

Springer, 31, signed a six-year, $150 million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays on January 23,2021. With the Astros, he went to three All-Star Games, won two Silver Slugger Awards, won a World Series in 2017, and won the World Series MVP in the same year. In the shortened 2020 season, he batted .265 with 14 home runs, 32 RBI, and 37 runs.

Pederson, 28, signed a one-year, $7 million contract with the Chicago Cubs on January 29,2021. With the Dodgers, he went to one All-Star Game in 2015 and won the World Series in 2020 with them. In the shortened 2020 season, he batted only .190, with 7 home runs, 16 RBI, and 21 runs.

On February 1,2021, the St. Louis Cardinals acquired Arenado, 29, from the Rockies with $50 million in exchange for Austin Gomber, Mateo Gil, Tony Locey, Elehuris Montero and Jake Sommers. With the Rockies, he went to five All-Star Games, won 8 Gold Glove Awards, four Silver Slugger Awards, four Platinum Glove Awards, a three-time NL home run leader, a two time NL RBI leader, and hit for the cycle on June 18,2017. In the shortened 2020 season, he batted .253, with 8 home runs, 26 RBI, and 23 runs.

Archer,32, signed a one-year, $6.5 million contract with the Tampa Bay Rays. He is returning to the Rays for his second stint with the team after being traded the first time. In the shortened 2020 season, he didn’t play for the Pittsburgh Pirates because of needing surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. He will not play until this upcoming season.

Overall, the Blue Jays, Phillies, Cubs, Rays, and Cardinals are the teams that have seemed to improve the most with the offseason acquisitions. The Rockies, Dodgers, and Astros have declined greatly this offseason.