The 2019 MLB season is over and with it comes the start of the 2020 offseason. There is no rest for MLB teams as the coming weeks and months will play a defining role in shaping rosters and ultimately the entire 2020 season.
There will be plenty of All-Star level talent available for teams this offseason in free agency and on the trade market. In fact, the crop of available players will include some recent MVP winners and Cy Young Award nominees just entering their prime.
It’s excellent news for MLB’s iconic teams like the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers. Meanwhile, other prominent clubs like the Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Angels and Boston Red Sox could provide plenty of shakeups in the months to come.
Gerrit Cole signs an eight-year, $275M deal with Los Angeles Angels
Cole is the best pitcher to hit free agency since Max Scherzer hit the market before the 2015 season. He’s coming off a season that saw him post a MLB single-season record 39.9% strikeout rate, a 34% K-BB rate and a 13.82 K/9. The 29-year-old’s track record is outstanding with 200-plus innings thrown in each of his last three seasons, no history of injuries and one of MLB’s best fastballs.
He’s everything the Angels desperately need and the fit is simply perfect. Cole grew up an Angels fan in Los Angeles and is also reportedly a huge fan of Shohei Ohtani. He deserves a record-setting contract and an eight-year deal worth more than $34.5 million per season can make that happen as Cole returns home.
Minnesota Twins land All-Star pitcher Mike Minor
A brilliant 2019 season in Minnesota came undone by its pitching collapsing in the second half and the ALDS. The front office recognizes it must be aggressive this offseason to address this glaring need and it might need to start with a trade.
Minor isn’t the biggest name available, though, he’s an affordable starter who pairs nicely with José Berríos. The 31-year-old southpaw is under contract for $9.5 million next season and is coming off an excellent year with a 3.59 ERA and 200/68 K/BB ratio in 208.1 innings. Minnesota discussed a deal in July and could resume those talks this winter to acquire the All-Star pitcher. It could be the first of several moves to address this club’s most-glaring weakness ahead of 2020.