3. Chris Bassitt (left the New York Mets to sign with the Toronto Blue Jays)
The Mets got more innings from Chris Bassitt last year than anyone else, and many of them were quality. He sported a 3.42 ERA in 181.2 innings last year. But the Toronto Blue Jays signed him to a 3-year, $63 million deal in December, a figure the Mets were probably not going to match given their commitments to Justin Verlander in the rotation. Bassitt gives Toronto an excellent top four in their rotation, joining Alek Manoah, Jose Berrios, and Kevin Gausman.
2. Dansby Swanson (left the Atlanta Braves to sign with the Chicago Cubs)
The big question with the Braves this winter was whether or not Swanson would remain in Atlanta for the long-term. All things were headed in a good direction for the two parties, until Swanson answered that question by signed a 7-year, $177 million deal with the Chicago Cubs in December. It is a big loss for Atlanta as they were unable to sign any of the star shortstops that were on the market this winter and instantly upgrades the position for the Cubs and gives them an interesting lineup this season. The Braves are betting on Vaughn Grissom being a good replacement for him.
1. Jacob deGrom (left the New York Mets to sign with the Texas Rangers)
Jacob deGrom, when healthy, is the most overwhelming starting pitcher in baseball. But the Mets decided to let him walk as his injuries over the past two seasons proved too worrisome. The Texas Rangers went all-in on him, signing the two-time Cy Young winner to a 5-year, $185 million deal. It is quite the risky proposition for Texas, but the Rangers feel like they can be a playoff contender in the American League with an improved rotation with reinforcements in the minors waiting down the road.