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18:40  11 february  2019
18:40  11 february  2019 Source:   thescore.com

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Here are the five most head - scratching moves of the 2018 offseason so far: Hawks trade Doncic for Young on draft night. After a year of reports that a teenage phenom from Slovenia was essentially dominating the world' s second-best league for its most storied club - Real Madrid - the question

Offseason Moves . Nov. 30: RHP Brad Boxberger acquired from TB for RHP Curtis Taylor. The Arizona Diamondbacks' list of needs was relatively short heading into the offseason , but priority No. 1 was Offseason Moves . Nov. 20: RHP Josh Ravin acquired from LAD for cash considerations.

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It's been another unpredictable offseason in Major League Baseball.

Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are without work and involved in a stalemate to see who will sign first. Craig Kimbrel can't find a job despite being one of baseball's best closers. And the largest contract handed out was the six-year, $140-million deal the Washington Nationals gave Patrick Corbin.

That Harper, Machado, and Kimbrel are all unemployed heading into spring training is something no one saw coming. But some other moves this offseason were arguably more surprising.

On the eve of pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training, here are five of the most head-scratching moves of MLB's offseason:

Shohei Ohtani will not be ready for Angels’ Opening Day

Shohei Ohtani will not be ready for Angels’ Opening Day Don’t expect to see Shohei Ohtani on the field when the Los Angeles Angels open up their season. Angels GM Billy Eppler spoke with reporters on Thursday and provided an update on the team’s star two-way player. Ohtani is recovering from Tommy John surgery and underwent a checkup that apparently went well. Ohtani has been cleared for full strengthening rehab, but has not yet begun swinging a bat. #Angels GM Billy Eppler said Shohei Ohtani's check up with Dr. ElAttrache went well but he won't be ready for Opening Day. Cleared for "full strengthening" rehab but has yet to swing a bat. Dry swings is his next step.

But the Nationals’ entire off - season , to this point, consists of the controversial trade for outfielder Adam Eaton, a trade for catcher Derek Norris and the “While most of the focus of late has been on their bullpen and whether they’ll acquire a new closer, the Nationals’ bench is the more glaring weakness.”

MLB offseason moves have been wild this offseason and it is hard to determine who wins some of the biggest moves . This ranking is based off of what each team gave up in trades and how much each player was signed for in free agency compared to how that player will benefit his new team.

Indians trade star slugger Encarnacion

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In one of the offseason's most puzzling trades, the Indians, who combined to finish fourth in OPS last season, traded away Edwin Encarnacion - one of their best offensive players - in a three-team deal involving the Seattle Mariners and Tampa Bay Rays.

Cleveland saved some money, reunited with Carlos Santana, and acquired youngster Jake Bauers in the swap but it's unlikely the move helped their case for the AL Central crown. The division should be tougher in 2019 and the improving Minnesota Twins are expected to give the Indians a run for their money.

Encarnacion, who has hit 32-plus homers in seven straight seasons, was responsible for driving in 13.6 percent of the Indians' runs last season.

Report: Phillies still expect to sign Harper or Machado

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Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Each NFL team' s most head - scratching offseason move . By Rachel Wold of Sportsnaut |. New York Jets: Give up the farm to move up three spots in NFL Draft. The Jets can get by another season with quarterback Josh McCown under center.

Could big offseason moves shoot a team like the New York Yankees to the top of MLB ? The Red Sox and Astros, heading into an offseason that could see impactful free agents change teams and But Lindor is Indians property for only three more seasons , so the clock is ticking -- which might

Rangers ink Lynn to 3-year deal

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Following a 67-win campaign and Adrian Beltre's retirement announcement, a further tear-down seemed inevitable for the Rangers. So when Texas announced the signing of veteran starter Lance Lynn to a three-year agreement in December, it was a surprise.

Why would the Rangers give that much term to a pitcher who posted the highest ERA of his career last season? Based on comments from general manager Jon Daniels and manager Chris Woodward earlier this offseason, the Rangers intend to be competitive in 2019.

If Lynn is going to have success in hitter-friendly Globe Life Park, he's going to have to continue to keep the ball on the ground. His 49.7 percent ground-ball rate in 2018 was his highest since 2011, while his fly-ball rate of 27.1 percent was a career low.

Mariners land Japanese lefty Kikuchi

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After an offseason overhaul of the big-league roster appeared to signal a rebuild, Jerry Dipoto shocked baseball in January by welcoming Japanese import Yusei Kikuchi to Seattle with a four-year, $56-million contract.

Marlins sign Curtis Granderson

Marlins sign Curtis Granderson The Marlins have announced a minor-league deal with outfielder Curtis Granderson. It includes an invitation to participate in MLB Spring Training. He’ll earn $1.75M in the majors with $250K in possible incentives, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network (via Twitter). Granderson turns 38 in March but can still get the job done at the plate. He ended the 2018 campaign with 403 plate appearances of .242/.351/.431 hitting, good for a 116 wRC+.

Every NFL team has made key moves in an attempt to better its roster and/or coaching staff this year. Though, this does not mean the general public necessarily agrees with We have all of these stories and more covered here as we discuss each NFL team’ s most head - scratching offseason moves .

More than any other season , this one glossed over so many logistical hurdles and relied on so many convenient twists to arrive at its endgame that it didn't make 9. Then there' s the way the Twins' failure to move Brian Dozier in the offseason was considered the worst single " move " of the offseason ?

The Mariners have had past success signing Japanese players like Ichiro Suzuki, Hisashi Iwakuma, Kenji Johjima, and Kazuhiro Sasaki, but Kikuchi comes with some risk after shoulder issues appeared to diminish his stuff last year. If the 27-year-old can pitch as he did for the Seibu Lions over the past eight seasons, the Mariners may have found themselves an affordable gem and potential future ace to replace the floundering Felix Hernandez.

Yankees add LeMahieu to infield mix

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Despite rumors regarding the Yankees' interest in Machado, Brian Cashman opted to sign 2016 NL batting champ DJ LeMahieu to a two-year deal. After inking veteran shortstop Troy Tulowitzki 10 days prior, the addition of LeMahieu - who is coming off a down year offensively - crowded the infield and appeared to take the Yankees out of the running for Machado.

Cashman was evidently satisfied with his team's new investment, explaining he was more interested in collecting "as much talent as I possibly can in a very cost-effective manner."

Phillies manager Gabe Kapler makes pitch to Bryce Harper, Manny Machado

Phillies manager Gabe Kapler makes pitch to Bryce Harper, Manny Machado The Philadelphia Phillies showed some signs of improvement last season when they won 80 games a year after finishing dead last in the NL East, and manager Gabe Kapler feels they have already proved this offseason that they are committed to contending for a World Series. With the Phillies having acquired star catcher JT Realmuto in a trade on Thursday, Kapler was asked on Friday how he would address star free agents Bryce Harper and Manny Machado in the wake of some of the moves Philly has made. "The move is a clear indication that we're in win-right-now mode and we're going to push our chips in.

Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. MLB Offseason Moves . imagn |. The Boston Red Sox signed pitcher Jenrry Mejia to a one-year deal. Mejia was the first player in MLB history to earn a lifetime ban for a trio of failed PED tests.

But there’ s a growing list of head - scratching moves the team has made since Gruden’ s arrival Traded a fifth -round pick to acquire AJ McCarron, who fell out of favor in Buffalo after losing a quarterback battle with Nathan Peterman and Josh Allen.

Red Sox sign previously banned Mejia

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In possibly the most head-scratching moment of the offseason, the World Series champion Boston Red Sox signed 29-year-old reliever Jenrry Mejia to a minor-league contract.

The former New York Mets closer hasn't pitched in a big-league game since 2015. He was permanently banned from baseball following a third positive drug test in 2016 but was reinstated in July. The signing received criticism from players around the league, with some expressing concern over a formerly banned player getting a job before they did.

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