It’s Jan. 6, and if you are still sitting there staring at the Hot Stove waiting for it to get consistently toasty — despite San Diego trying its level best to make the offseason as interesting as possible so far — you are not alone. (I cannot recommend my colleague
It’s Jan. 6, and if you are still sitting there staring at the Hot Stove waiting for it to get consistently toasty — despite San Diego trying its level best to make the offseason as interesting as possible so far — you are not alone. (I cannot recommend my colleague Mike Petriello’s
I began to wonder, even, whether I would ever see any transactions, or if I were in some sort of eternal Hot Stove purgatory, where rosters would just be frozen in place forever. Maybe this will happen; maybe all these teams know something I don’t. Thus, today, I tried to imagine what it would be like if these were the rosters, if there are teams who have been idle so far (which is to say, most of them, save the Padres, White Sox, maybe the Braves) who actually feel like they’re in a position to succeed in 2021 without making any moves at all.
And while I want each of these teams to go make moves, I wonder if there are arguments for some of them. So today, we look at five teams that haven’t made any major moves … but may be just fine with that and, maybe, might be just as good or even better than they were last year.
The Brewers did make the playoffs last year, albeit the expanded version, but looking at their roster and results, it remains a little astounding as to how.
The good news is that there’s plenty of room for improvement up and down this roster, from
2. Blue Jays
It was awfully exciting last year when the Jays, with all that young hitting talent, went big to bring in
This is a frustrating item for Cardinals fans, who have been increasingly agitated by the front office’s stasis and seeming lack of ambition. (The dropping of Gold Glover Kolten Wong didn’t help either.) But there is some logic for the Cardinals sitting this offseason out. While they do have some holes in that lineup, particularly in the outfield, they have plenty of options to fill them, from
The strategy of recent years has been to throw bodies at the outfield problem; there are still plenty of bodies with which to do so. They also still have a deep bullpen and a steady rotation with many options. They lack a top-shelf star, other than the aging Paul Goldschmidt, but they also have the contracts of Fowler, Matt Carpenter and Andrew Miller all coming off the books next winter. With no one else in this division stepping forward, the Cardinals are as good a bet as any to win it. It’s a timid strategy, sure, but it might not be an absurd one.
Surprise, surprise, the defending champs, who dominated the regular season and overwhelmed everyone in the postseason, are stacked with talent even if they don’t add any more. You can maybe make an argument there’s a hole at third base if Justin Turner doesn’t re-sign, but the Dodgers have many other options there, from
To be fair, the Nationals have made a move this offseason, fairly recently, trading for