The last five days have been as active a period as anyone can remember during a baseball offseason, at least in a week that didn’t include the Winter Meetings, which start on Monday in Orlando.
In the last five days, 24 of the 30 MLB teams either traded a player destined for a 25-man roster spot come April or signed a free agent to a contract with an average annual value of more than $1 million. Thirteen teams, nearly half the league, made multiple moves of that kind. In total, 35 transactions fitting one of those two descriptions were made, an average of seven a day, with only the Angels, Braves, Cardinals (who got their work done early), Giants, Indians and Twins abstaining. Those six teams, meanwhile, combined to non-tender 13 of the 43 players who were not offered contracts on Monday, with only the Twins, who signed Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, not taking part in that exercise, either.