Onto another offseason Wednesday.
While the Shohei Ohtani signing over the weekend didn’t lead to an avalanche of hot stove activity, there has been a small flurry of moves. Seth Lugo looked to set the market for the third-ish tier of starting pitchers with a three-year, $45-million deal with the Royals, while KBO outfielder Jung-hoo Lee blew past expectations with a six-year, $113-million contract with the Giants. San Francisco at last gets a big free agent, by guaranteeing Lee the largest sum they’ve forked over during the Farhan Zaidi era.
On the site, we near the edge of the top half of our Top 100 series, with John writing up old pal Jason Giambi. Kunj also makes an impassioned plea for a reunion with David Robertson, and Andrés analyzes what new prospect Jorbit Vivas can bring to the table. Meanwhile, Malachi takes a look at one of the less-heralded players coming to MLB from overseas this winter, Naoyuki Uwasawa, and Peter discusses how the Yankees’ thinned out pitching depth necessitates more than one starting pitching acquisition.
1. If the Yankees miss out on Yoshinobu Yamamoto, do you expect them to pivot to one of the other big name starting pitchers on the market, or to scour lower-end options?
2. Do you think the league will look to put some sort of cap on how much of a player’s contract can be deferred in the next CBA?