The jury is still out but, after one season, the Rockies and Angels have won the big contract sweepstakes. In my opinion, the Angels are actually underpaying the 27-year-old Trout and once some of their bad contracts (i.e. Albert Pujols) come off the books, they will be able to build a roster around him.
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For the Rockies, not only did Arenado play up to his contract, they also have something the other three teams don’t have: An opt-out after the 2021 season. If the Rockies continue to struggle the next two seasons, Arenado could leave for greener pastures, freeing up a ton of payroll for Rockies. This would be a good thing for both parties.
Machado may be in the best situation since the Padres have one of the best minor league farm systems in the MLB. With a small payroll and a lot of trade pieces, the Padres could easily build a roster around the 26-year-old. As long as 2019 was just a bad season for Machado, the Padres could be a team to reckon with in the coming seasons.
I have said it before and I will say it again, in my biased opinion, Bryce Harper is the most overrated player in all of baseball. The fact that the Phillies will be paying the career .276/.385/.512 hitter almost $30 million a year until he is 38 years old is almost laughable. I dare Harper to prove me wrong, but I believe the Phillies are going to regret the day he signed on that dotted line.