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Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Re-grading MLB offseason moves

Three that earn D or F grades through the first month


Jose Bautista (one-year, $18.5 million deal with the Blue Jays)

The Blue Jays were hoping to collect a draft pick had Bautista signed elsewhere during the offseason. When that scenario failed to transpire, they took the plunge and bet that he would have a bounce-back year at age 36.

Not so far. Toronto is off to a 9-17 start, and Joey Bats has five extra-base hits in his first 94 at-bats. Maybe the Jays can trade him at the deadline, but they’ll have to pick up a large percentage of that contract if they want to make it happen.


Mike Napoli (one-year, $8.5 million deal with the Texas Rangers)

When Napoli faded down the stretch and hit .167 in the postseason with Cleveland, it was attributed to fatigue after a long season with a heavy workload. But the problems have persisted into 2017. In his first 24 games with the Rangers, Napoli has a slash line of .161/.235/.323.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 02, 2017 at 05:23 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, greg holland, jose bautista, wade davis

 

 

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