2016 – 2017:
Number of Minor League Deals: 65
Number of Major League Deals: 4
Number of Trades: 7
Number of Waiver Pickups: 0
Signed Draftees: 34
Most important deal: Signing Greg Holland and Ian Desmond
Despite making the playoffs, the deals for 2016-17 were mostly quiet, which is where we run into a few more problems people have with Jeff Bridich … the offseasons seem quiet, plus he lets quality player walk away and made ineffective trades.
Signing Greg Holland was a fantastic move by the team, he was rightfully an All-Star that year. Signing Ian Desmond, not so much. Desmond was past his prime, and forcing him to move to first base and hoping he got his bat back ultimately did not pan out for the club.
Despite the postseason run, the team was quiet on the trade and draft front with Jonathan Lucroy and Ryan Vilade leading both subsections, respectively. Though shoutout to Alan Trejo, who was drafted in 2017 and has made his debut this year.