MLB's Biggest 2019-20 Offseason Winners and Losers Thus Far

tim-kelly
December 16, 2019 - 2:26 pm
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Monday, the Philadelphia Phillies introduced RHP Zack Wheeler and shortstop Didi Gregorius, their two major offseason signings.

Wheeler - who has a 3.77 ERA and 3.71 FIP in 749.1 career innings - will certainly improve a starting rotation that had next-to-no stability behind ace Aaron Nola in 2019. If we assume Gregorius bounces back to his 2015-2018 form, he'll improve a Phillies lineup that also is set to include Bryce Harper, J.T. Realmuto, Jean Segura, Andrew McCutchen and Rhys Hoskins.

But, when the Phillies introduced Wheeler and Gregorius, they did so with their new manager, Joe Girardi, on stage. Girardi's predecessor, Gabe Kapler, was fired because the Phillies went 81-81 and finished in fourth place in the National League East after one of the most productive on-paper offseasons in baseball history.

Are the additions of Wheeler and Gregorius enough for the Phillies to win a crowded National League East in 2020? General manager Matt Klentak seemed to think so, but that would require the Phillies leapfrogging the Atlanta Braves, Washington Nationals and New York Mets.

Certainly, the Phillies have improved with the additions of Wheeler and Gregorius. But, as long as you could still make the case that they're only the third or fourth best team in their own division, it's hard to call them winners of the offseason thus far. Obviously, they aren't losers either.

With that in mind, here's a look at some of the offseason's most successful teams so far, along with some others, who, unlike the Phillies, have done little or nothing at all to improve their teams: