Hard question to answer but I would think they should know by the end of spring training. I wouldn't take it too deep into the season.
I see the Dodgers, if Ryu is going to keep pitching like that. Both AL teams better fundamentally better than Dodgers. Milwaukee can only use this flim-flam pitching strategy so long.
The Cubs actually did both. And Houston is starting to do the same. But tanking did precede spending.
That would be something to think about unless you had another position in mind for Gordon and signing Arenado would make sense. .
I would think a lot of teams learned something about this process. For all the caterwauling, some justified, about what the front office did or didn't do, the signing of Mikolas easily was the best bang for the buck of any made in the last off-season.
I don't think Washington is in for the "rebuild" just yet, as far as dealing Scherzer. Only Corbin interests me among the free-agent lefthanders you mentioned. If Wainwright, Wacha and Martinez all are in the rotation with Mikolas and Flaherty, I don't know where you would go except to add a lefthander like Corbin.
Munoz is a keeper although finding the right position could be key. I think he's an everyday player with speed and power and much more athleticism than his body would suggest. Wisdom is a backup, at best and while he showed well in late-inning spots, his plate discipline is not great. As mentioned, I am not high on Donaldson and lukewarm on Moose.
No more draft picks lost or fines levied. They're up to speed.
If so, then it might be a long year because that could be 33 percent of your staff in May.
Not really, when you consider his defense and baserunning, too.
That seems to be a reasonable assessment.
Jordan Schafer. Hurt his arm. No longer playing, as I understand.
You do remember the Cardinals gave Dexter Fowler $82.5 million. And were willing to pay Stanton for many, many years. And they're paying Ozuna $9 million this year, with the expectation of his making $13 to $15 million next year via arbitration.
DeJong has impressed me with his ability to play shortstop. But he still gives away too many at-bats though becoming a better run producer along the way.
I'm just higher on Corbin, who throws harder. I don't like soft tossers as much.
Waino is in the rotation for now. If they feel they have enough in the rotation without him, he goes to the bullpen. If he can't pitch at all, they'll release him or he'll retire. Not a real problem on Oct. 15.
Those signings usually aren't announced officially until after the World Series.
Martinez somehow returns to the back end of the bullpen.
If you've been following along, I've mentioned several lefthanded hitters _ Escobar (switch hitter), Moustakas, Brantley, Conforto, Peralta, Harper (of course). Brantley and Peralta don't the same kind of power as Carpenter and maybe not Conforto either. Munoz is a really good offensive player. Better than Gyorko.