During the coldest winter months, the major league baseball hot stove is usually scorching. With about four months until the regular season begins, MLB teams spend the majority of December and January obtaining new talent, gearing up for the grueling six-month season. So far, this year’s offseason has had some big names finding new homes.
On December 6th, the Boston Red Sox acquired talented left-handed pitcher Chris Sale from the Chicago White Sox. In return, the Red Sox gave the White Sox a slew of talented minor leaguers. Sale will join the Sox’s prized free agent acquisition of last season David Price and this year’s Cy Young winner Rick Porcello at the top of Boston’s rotation. The move gives the Red Sox arguably the strongest starting rotation in baseball.
The Red Sox aren’t the only AL East perennial powerhouse who boosted up their lineup. On December 5th, the New York Yankees acquired free agent slugger Matt Holliday from the St. Louis Cardinals. Holliday received a one-year, $13 million contract to play in the pinstripes. His addition will be a big help to a young Yankees lineup in need of a solid bat.
Since the offseason is still fresh, we can expect to see more players with new teams in the coming months. Since there’s no salary cap in baseball, owners love to throw money out to potential and current superstars.