The Shapkins Defender – 6 to 8 Breakout Men

Welcome to The Shapkins Defender, where I inhale your toxic screeds and spit out the fresh oxygen of optimism, like a tree that kind of understands WAR. (Just don’t ask me to explain it.)
Well, the offseason is winding down. The coldest days of the year are now behind us and most of the free agents have signed. With the Reds signing Castellanos today, that leaves only three names from MLBTR’s Top 50 still without a home. And those three names are from the bottom of the list, with #37 Yasiel Puig, #41 Brock Holt and #49 Pedro Strop being the remaining wanderers. So, though there might still be a trade or two, that means the business of the offseason is mostly done and us fans can look forward to pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training, which is barely over two weeks away now.
And that also means it’s time for a classic baseball tradition: making futile attempts to predict the future that will look very foolish almost immediately. Your favourite source of baseball charts and graphs will soon reveal projections about the upcoming season, from FanGraphs to 538 and Baseball Prospectus and on and on. One …

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Author: Darragh / Blue Jays Nation

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