4 Best MLB Signings From This Offseason
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This past MLB offseason was one of the busiest and most eventful in recent memory, highlighted by Manny Machado and Bryce Harper finding new homes with record-breaking contracts. However, neither player has really lived up to the massive investment their new teams made in them.
In fact, there are several free agents signed this offseason that have had a much bigger impact on their new ball clubs than the aforementioned pair. With that in mind, here are the four best free-agent signings made this past MLB offseason.
4. Andrew McCutchen, OF, Philadelphia Phillies
Andrew McCutchen has seemingly found new life in Philadelphia. The 32-year-old outfielder has been a top-notch table-setter for the Phillies this season, slashing a respectable .261/.385/.463 with nine homers, 28 RBI and a National League-best 41 walks. McCutchen's work at the top of the order has been a big reason why Philly sits in first place in the NL East. If McCutchen continues producing at this rate, the Phillies have a good shot at hanging on to the NL East crown.
3. Patrick Corbin, SP, Washington Nationals
One of the splashiest free-agent signings of the offseason, Patrick Corbin has seemingly already justified the six-year, $140 million contract he signed with the Nationals. The 29-year-old lefty owns a 5-2 record with a 2.85 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 81 strikeouts in 11 starts this season (72 2/3 innings pitched). It's beginning to look like a lost season in Washington, but Corbin's campaign has been one of the lone brightspots for the Nationals in 2019.
2. Michael Brantley, OF, Houston Astros
The Houston Astros took a pretty big risk when they signed him this offseason, but Michael Brantley has been worth every penny of the two-year, $32 million contract the club signed him to. The three-time All-Star is slashing an impressive .330/.386/.547 with 10 homers and 36 RBI this season. Brantley also currently leads the American League with 70 hits thus far. Staying healthy has been an issue for Brantley in recent years, but as long as stays on the field, Houston will be tough to beat.
1. Charlie Morton, SP, Tampa Bay Rays
Like a fine wine, Charlie Morton continues to get better with age. The 35-year-old righty has been excellent in his first year with the Tampa Bay Rays and finds himself in the midst of his best season to date. Morton currently sports a 6-0 record with a 2.54 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 83 strikeouts across 12 starts in 67 1/3 innings pitched. Morton has been a huge reason why the upstart Rays sit just 0.5 games back of the AL East lead. If Morton continues to pitch at a Cy Young level, Tampa Bay will be very much alive for the division crown.
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