Why this offseason has turned into a trade fest

Why this offseason has turned into a trade fest

Patrick Corbin – just got $140 million.’ data-reactid=”18″>Oh, Harper and Machado are coming, and for more zeroes than are in a box of Cheerios, and a pretty fine pitcher and not an ace – Patrick Corbin – just got $140 million.

That said, the offseason is still in diapers and …

James Paxton is a New York Yankee.’ data-reactid=”21″>James Paxton is a New York Yankee.

Jean Segura is a Philadelphia Phillie.’ data-reactid=”23″>Jean Segura is a Philadelphia Phillie.

Alex Colomé is a Chicago White Sox.’ data-reactid=”25″>Alex Colomé is a Chicago White Sox.

where we once dreamed of a December ’18 that held free-agent auctions for the likes of Stephen Strasburg and Matt Harvey and Joe Mauer and Garrett Richards and Shelby Miller, even perhaps Clayton Kershaw and Chris Sale and Jason Heyward and David Price, and Hunter Pence and Adrián González and Victor Martinez, and of course Harper and Machado and Josh Donaldson, time and circumstance say otherwise. Jose Fernandez was to be in this class, so time and circumstance and unfathomable tragedy.’ data-reactid=”27″>And where we once dreamed of a December ’18 that held free-agent auctions for the likes of Stephen Strasburg and Matt Harvey and Joe Mauer and Garrett Richards and Shelby Miller, even perhaps Clayton Kershaw and Chris Sale and Jason Heyward and David Price, and Hunter Pence and Adrián González and Victor Martinez, and of course Harper and Machado and Josh Donaldson, time and circumstance say otherwise. Jose Fernandez was to be in this class, so time and circumstance and unfathomable tragedy.

First baseman Paul Goldschmidt was traded on Wednesday to the St. Louis Cardinals. (AP)

The heavy wallets of winter 2017-18 helped turn this market thin, so the opt-out candidates were warier of free agency and less suspicious of contract extensions, but mostly this market speaks to baseball’s impermanence, sports’ impermanence, how today’s big thing can be tomorrow’s hanger-on. There’s money and plenty of it, though perhaps there also is less reason to spend it, as a two-man, right-left platoon at $10 million is viewed as favorably as a one-man superstar at three times that. A new generation of general managers seem to have convinced a bygone generation of owners paying today’s prices for yesterday’s production is an unsustainable business model.

Anyway, we are about to be blown away by what are likely to be the two largest contracts in baseball history. That should be said. And the class of 2018-19 will have made its mark in that way. But, also, it is not insignificant that an 89-win Mariners team shoots those 89 wins into the sun. Or that an Arizona Diamondbacks team that was in first place on Sept. 1 heaves the best position player in its history into some other tomorrow, in some other team’s town.

And the first whisky glass has yet to be raised in Las Vegas.

The headliners will be Machado and his agent, Dan Lozano. And Harper and his agent, Scott Boras.

Miami Marlins, who remain the Marlins, and have played and managed themselves to a place where they probably must trade catcher J.T. Realmuto.’ data-reactid=”44″>And the Miami Marlins, who remain the Marlins, and have played and managed themselves to a place where they probably must trade catcher J.T. Realmuto.

Detroit Tigers and Nick Castellanos and Michael Fulmer.’ data-reactid=”46″>And the Detroit Tigers and Nick Castellanos and Michael Fulmer.

Yankees and Sonny Gray.’ data-reactid=”48″>And the Yankees and Sonny Gray.

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