Which MLB Team Had The Best Offseason In 2020?
This is one of 10 burning questions in our 2020 MLB season preview. To see all of our bold predictions, click here. All answers to the question are from Baseball America’s editorial team.
Ben Badler: Dodgers. They were already the heavy favorite in the NL West, then added Mookie Betts and David Price without giving up anyone who was a core part of their future, maintaining a farm system that still stacks up among the best in the game.
Carlos Collazo: Dodgers. It was an easy choice to pick the Yankees for signing Gerrit Cole before the Dodgers pulled off their Mookie Betts trade. Adding a 10-WAR caliber hitter to what was already one of the strongest offenses in baseball is too much to ignore.
JJ Cooper: Dodgers. They haven’t won a World Series this century, but after acquiring Mookie Betts, they have a solid chance of winning 100 or more games for the third time in four seasons. Only four teams have accomplished that feat since baseball went to the 162-game schedule.
Matt Eddy: D-backs. The Angels, Dodgers and White Sox made splashier moves, but the D-backs stealthily attacked weak areas in the outfield and pitching staff by importing Starling Marte to play center field, Kole Calhoun to play right, Madison Bumgarner to front the rotation and Hector Rondon to work high-leverage relief.
Kyle Glaser: Angels. The Halos added the durable starters they badly needed in Julio Teheran and Dylan Bundy and solved their decade-long third base problems by signing Anthony Rendon. Add in the rule changes made to accommodate Shohei Ohtani regarding two-way eligibility and rehab assignment time, the hiring of Joe Maddon as manager and the penalties laid down on the division rival Astros, and the Angels altogether had a lot go their way in the offseason.
Joe Healy: Dodgers. They added Mookie Betts to that team. What else needs to be said?
Josh Norris: White Sox. Adding Yasmani Grandal and Dallas Keuchel, getting Michael Kopech healthy again and preparing for a second season of Eloy Jimenez (to say nothing of a first season of Luis Robert) should add up to big things.
Chris Trenkle: Mookie Betts. Betts is the pick here over any individual team because he instantly becomes the best player in the NL and the centerpiece on the best team in baseball. Now that he won’t have to compete with Mike Trout for the MVP award, I think he wins his second and becomes the second player ever to win the award in both leagues (shoutout to the late Frank Robinson).