MLB Analyst: Most Teams Didn't Try This Offseason

SNY analyst Adam Fisher identified two teams that could surprise in 2019, but overall very few clubs actually tried to improve

Taz and the Moose
February 21, 2019 - 10:27 am

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The San Diego Padres haven’t made the playoffs since 2006, but after signing Manny Machado to the richest free-agent contract in American sports history, they are trying to change that.

Not many other teams can say the same.

“How many teams that were bad last year actually tried this offseason?” SNY MLB analyst Adam Fisher said on Taz & The Moose. “That’s a bad thing for baseball.”

It also begs the question: If you’re a fan, why pay hard-earned money to go to the ball park to watch a team that’s not trying to win?

“No question,” Fisher said. “It’s really hard. I was thinking about what are my underdog teams here, and there are not a lot to think about. The two I would choose, unfortunately I feel like both the teams that I like are fighting for third place.”

Those teams? The Angels and Reds, who haven’t made the playoffs since 2014 and 2013, respectively.

“The Angels, things just didn’t go really well for them,” Fisher said. “Last year, things snow-balled. But they’re an interesting club. Obviously they still lack starting pitching, but they’ve got the offense. They’ve got Mike Trout. I don’t love their club, but I think they could surprise some people.”

The Reds, meanwhile, made the playoffs three times in four seasons from 2010-13 but have lost 94+ games four seasons in a row. But after adding Sonny Gray, Alex Wood, Yaisel Puig and Matt Kemp, among others, Cincinnati is all-in on 2019.

“Give an A for effort to the Reds,” Fisher said. “I don’t think they’re a playoff club, but I like the effort. I like the moves they made, the trade with the Dodgers, just trying to improve. There’s just so little of that. . . . I would say the Reds and the Angels (could surprise people), and I’m not excited that they’re necessarily going to do much more than third place. That right there is kind of an indictment on the offseason.”