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CINCINNATI, OH — SEPTEMBER 23: Trevor Bauer #27 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Great American Ball Park on September 23, 2020 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

Outside of the Padres, the New York Mets have been arguably the busiest team this offseason. That level of business has trickled into their reported interest in 2020 NL Cy Young winner, Trevor Bauer.

However, Bauer doesn’t make much sense for the New York Mets roster.

Why? Typically when you’re a team trying to capitalize on a championship window, you’d sign just about anyone that would be an upgrade over your currently-employed alternative. Following the season Bauer had, you’d have to figure he’s an upgrade over someone like David Peterson or even Seth Lugo.

While that opinion would be correct…

One of the most powerful positions in all sports is to be a member of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA).

Not only do they get a say in who wins a particular award for the MLB season, but they also get to tend to the gates of the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. That kind of power is the kind that’ll make any ordinary fan envious, and why wouldn’t it? Many of these players we grew up watching. Some are the reason we even got into baseball, to begin with. …

According to WEEI’s Rob Bradford, the Boston Red Sox have expressed interest in a reunion with former corner infielder Travis Shaw.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK — SEPTEMBER 15: (NEW YORK DALIES OUT) Travis Shaw #6 of the Toronto Blue Jays in action against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on September 15, 2020, in New York City. The Yankees defeated the Blue Jays 20–6. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Shaw played 206 games in Boston between 2015 and 2016, slashing .251/.312/.442 with a wRC+ of 97. Then he was traded as part of the package to acquire Tyler Thornburg from the Brewers.

Milwaukee was where Shaw took off. Before an abysmal 2019 took place, the 30-year-old put up 7.7 rWAR, slashed .258/.347/.497, and had consecutive seasons with 30 or more home runs. But struggles in 2019 and 2020 soon followed.

Now, a couple of weeks before pitchers and…

With Mookie Betts already gone and Jackie Bradley Jr. likely to follow, the only remaining member from the 2018 World Series outfield is Andrew Benintendi.

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FT. MYERS, FL — FEBRUARY 12: Andrew Benintendi #16 of the Boston Red Sox takes batting practice during a team workout on February 12, 2020, at JetBlue Park at Fenway South in Fort Myers, Florida. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)

Benintendi flew through the minor leagues out of necessity, as the seventh overall pick in 2015’s draft was in the majors after only 151 games in professional baseball. There’s always a risk involved when a prospect gets the call without any experience past Double-A. However, Benintendi didn’t miss a beat when he got his cup of coffee. In 34 big-league games in 2016, he slashed .295/.359/.476 with a 121 wRC+ and 0.6 fWAR.

In the…

On Tuesday, the Toronto Blue Jays kept up their busy offseason to this point; inked Marcus Semien to a one-year contract worth $18 million.

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OAKLAND, CA — SEPTEMBER 30: Marcus Semien #10 of the Oakland Athletics is congratulated by Sean Murphy #12 after hitting a home run during the game against the Chicago White Sox at RingCentral Coliseum on September 30, 2020, in Oakland, California. The Athletics defeated the White Sox 5–3. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images)

After a 2019 season that saw him as an AL MVP finalist, the 30-year-old shortstop came back down to earth in a shortened 2020 season. In 53 games, Semien slashed .223/.305/.374 with a .299 wOBA and a wRC+ of 92. He also saw a drastic decline defensively, as his defensive runs saved dropped from plus-12 in 2019 to negative-five in 2020.

An fWAR that was riding high at 7.6 in 2019 would’ve been just 3.7 …

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK — OCTOBER 15: Adam Ottavino #0 of the New York Yankees pitches during the seventh inning against the Houston Astros in game three of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium on October 15, 2019, in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

After a stagnant offseason, the Boston Red Sox have made three moves to address critical areas of weakness this week.

It all started with the signing of Kiké Hernández, who will likely assume the team’s starting second baseman's role. Then right-handed starter Garrett Richards was inked to a one-year deal with a club option for 2022 the next day.

Then, after a few days of nothing, Chaim Bloom struck again. This time, it was acquiring reliever Adam Ottavino from the Yankees. …

Fresh off their signing of utility-man Enrique Hernández, there were reports that the Red Sox remained heavily engaged in talks with right-handed pitcher Garrett Richards.

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DENVER, CO — AUGUST 31: San Diego Padres starting pitcher Garrett Richards (43) pitches against the Colorado Rockies during a game at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado, on August 31, 2020. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

In 2020, the former Angel and Padre averaged 95.1 mph on his fastball en route to a 4.03 ERA, a 4.28 FIP, and a strikeout rate of 21.6 percent across 51.1 innings.

The now 32-year-old was once full of potential when he broke into the league in 2011. However, nearly a decade later, the once ‘rising star’ is now considered something of a ‘what could’ve been.’ …

The Boston Red Sox appear to finally have some results to back-up their interest.

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ARLINGTON, TEXAS — OCTOBER 24: Enrique Hernandez #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates after hitting an RBI double against the Tampa Bay Rays during the sixth inning in Game Four of the 2020 MLB World Series at Globe Life Field on October 24, 2020 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the team is progressing towards a deal with longtime Dodgers fan-favorite, Enrique “Kiké” Hernández.

In 2020, the 29-year-old was less than impressive with a bat in his hands. Across 48 games, the 29-year-old slashed .230/.270/.410 with a wRC+ of 83. He also accounted for -0.1 wins above replacement (FanGraphs).

However, it’s not entirely fair to judge him based on a 148 plate appearance sample size. While it’s hard to believe he’s as good as he was in 2018 (118…

Jordan Leandre

Baseball writer, sometimes dip into other sports. Major advanced stats nerd. ASU Cronkite ‘23

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