1 regret every MLB team has since the 2021-22 offseason | Launderer’s report
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Atlanta Braves: Choosing Eddie Rosario over Joc Pederson and Jorge Soler
Before the 2021 trade deadline, the Braves traded for the three outfielders listed above, and they each played a key role in the win. But there was only enough room at the inn to bring back one of the three, and it seems they chose ill. Maybe Rosario will play better after returning from eye surgery (not expected before the All-Star break), but it’s an added insult to injury than Pederson (14 HR, .269 AVG) and Soler (12 HR , .223 AVG) are both making considerable positive contributions in their new homes.
Miami Marlins: Avisail Garcia signed on a 4-year contract
Maybe Avisail Garcia plays well in odd years and the 2023 and 2025 parts of this contract will work out well.
He was an All-Star in 2017, hit .282 with 20 home runs in 2019 and had 29 home runs and 86 RBIs for the Brewers last year. But he hit .236 in 2018, .326 in 2020 and has been even worse in both departments so far in 2022, making that $53 million four-year deal look like a disaster, all the more so. that they could have gotten Mark Canha for two. years and $26.5 million instead.
New York foods: Not addressing the bullpen
The Mets have done a lot in free agency, signing Max Scherzer, Starling Marte, Mark Canha and Eduardo Escobar, each on multi-year contracts worth at least $10 million a year.
What they neglected to do, however, concerned the bullpen. They let Aaron Loup, Brad Hand and Jeurys Familia all walk and just brought in Adam Ottavino, Chasen Shreve and Joely Rodriguez to replace them. And while closer Edwin Diaz has been a takedown machine, the net result is a bullpen that otherwise leaves a lot to be desired.
Philadelphia Phillies: Incorrect bullpen addressing
While the Mets seemingly forgot their bullpen this offseason, the Phillies aggressively tried to fix what was a veritable disaster last year, replacing three established veterans (Hector Neris, Ian Kennedy and Archie Bradley) with a new trio of established veterans (Corey Knebel, Main and Familia).
The hand has been solid, but since the start of May, Knebel has had four saves with almost as many walks (13) as strikeouts (17), while Familia has a 4.70 ERA. It seems inevitable that Philadelphia will, once again, be in the bullpen market before the trade deadline.
Washington Nationals: Failing to reach a long-term agreement with Juan Soto
At least the Nats tried here. Soto would have rejected a 13-year, $350 million contract offer from the Nationals before the lockout, which is a better deal than Bryce Harper got with the Phillies (13 years, $330 million) and a better deal than Fernando Tatis Jr. got with the Padres (age 14, $340 million). But even though the offer sounds impressive, it’s “only” $26.9 million a year, which is barely three-quarters of the $35.5 AAV Mike Trout gets in Los Angeles and is identical to what that Christian Yelich gets in Milwaukee.
Soto is worth more than that, and the closer they get to his late 2024 free agency date, the harder it will be for the Nationals to re-sign him. (Plus, paying $15 million for a year of Nelson Cruz’s July 42 turns was quite a headache.)