How signing date effects performance; mover-and-shaker pitchers; Ohtani and hitting’s impact on injury; bullpen power rankings
FanGraphs | Craig Edwards: This was the slowest offseason in memory, so did signing date have an effect on performance so far? No, and the average player under-performed significantly regardless of signing early or late.
Bill James Online | Mark Simon: Who are the “movers and shakers” among pitchers this year? The most improved in ranking are certainly Gerrit Cole, James Paxton, and Aaron Nola, and those dropping are Clayton Kershaw, Madison Bumgarner, and Jake Arrieta.
The Athletic | Eno Sarris ($): Did Shohei Ohtani hitting contribute to his injury? Probably no, but a few oddities stand out: the possible lack of “evenness” of his workload, and pitching uncomfortably close to his max velocity may have played a role.
ESPN | Dan Szymborski ($): This a power ranking of the most lock-down bullpens in baseball, and you’ll find the usual characters of Yankees, Astros, and Cubs clustered near the top, with some surprises.