As we are now a few weeks into the offseason, there have been a few noteworthy moves that the Miami Marlins have made over the last two weeks.
The Marlins not only agreed to a contract extension with shortstop Miguel Rojas, but also added to the bullpen by acquiring right-hander Louis Head from the Tampa Bay Rays. In addition to those two moves, the rumor-mill has also been churning surrounding the club as Miami has been linked to several top outfielders, as well as a potential extension with star pitcher Sandy Alcantara being finalized.
It has been a newsworthy offseason so-far for the Marlins, but the same cannot necessarily be said for a few other teams around baseball. However, can the same be said for the four other teams in the NL East?
Have the Miami Marlins and the NL East made any offseason moves?
Each of the four other teams within the NL East have made multiple moves, each of which will provide different levels of impact at the major league level next season. Here is a look at the moves that each NL East divisional opponent has made so far this offseason, and the potential impact that they may provide for the club in 2022.
The defending World Series and NL East Champions have made only two moves this offseason, both of which are arguably the most-notable in the division, and will each provide impacts at the major league level in 2022. The most-notable of those moves was signing free agent catcher Manny Pina who will likely serve as Atlanta’s backup catcher, while right-hander Jay Jackson was acquired in a trade with the Giants, and will likely see time in the Braves bullpen.
Undoubtedly the most-active NL East team has been the Phillies as Philadelphia has made numerous moves through free agent signings, waiver claims, and trades. When looking at these moves, waiver claims such as Kent Emanuel and Ryan Sherriff will see time in the Phillies bullpen, while players acquired via trades such as Garrett Stubbs, Nick Nelson, and Donny Sands could all play roles as well. In addition to those moves, the Phillies have also signed four minor league free agents.
The Nationals have made a few moves this offseason, but a majority of them have been signing minor league free agents, two of which saw time with Washington a year ago such as Adrian Sanchez and Sean Nolin. In addition to these moves, the Nationals also claimed left-hander Francisco Perez off waivers from Cleveland, a player who will likely see time in the Washington bullpen in 2022.
New York Mets
The Mets had been arguably the quietest team in the NL East so far this offseason before Wednesday as New York only made one minor league free agent signing, as well as naming a new GM in Billy Eppler. New York did make two notable moves on Wednesday signing free agent outfielder Nick Plummer and claiming right-hander Antonio Santos off waivers from Colorado.
Things have been fairly quiet within the NL East so far this offseason, but will surely start to pick-up at any moment now. Will the Miami Marlins be the first team to make a big splash?