September 23, 2021

Rosenthal: Storylines to watch this offseason, from the Boras Brigade to the Red Sox’s decision on Mookie Betts (The Athletic)

Every year at this time, people ask me if the offseason will be crazy. And every year I assure them, “Don’t worry, it will be completely insane.”

Now, there are different levels of insanity — most of the nuttiness last winter stemmed from the stalemate between teams and top free agents that delayed a number of big signings until February.

But if you’re wondering, “Will we be shocked?” yes, we will be shocked. We always get shocked, one way or another. No one anticipated the Mets’ wild trade with the Mariners last offseason, or the Padres’ signing of Manny Machado, among many other moves.

With that, here the top storylines entering the 2019-20 offseason. And rest assured, the storylines exiting the offseason will be entirely different.

The Boras Brigade

It’s like a game of Monopoly, agent-style. Jim Bowden’s top three free agents for The Athletic, and five of his top nine, are represented by Scott Boras, which…

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