September 23, 2021

Hot stove survey — Mookie Betts on the block? Gerrit Cole to crack $300M? MLB GMs, insiders weigh in (ESPN)

It’s that time of year when players sign contracts with lots of zeroes on them and executives wheel and deal for holiday bargains.

The general manager’s meetings are over, with the winter meetings just around the corner. That means the hot stove season is percolating — though several deals have already been consummated.

Before a slew of moves go down, we asked a panel of experts for their opinions on what’s to come. Who will go where and what teams will be most active?

Our 15 team executives and baseball insiders answer those questions and more.

1. Which team will make the biggest splash of the offseason?

Survey says: Angels 7; Padres 2; Rangers 2; White Sox 2; Cubs 1; Yankees 1

Not everyone could agree on what the biggest splash will look like, but signing Joe Maddon is a good start to a potentially big offseason for the Angels, who are desperate for pitching. Maddon represents Mike Trout‘s best chance to go deep into a postseason. They won’t get there without help on the mound, and they just might reel in the biggest fish in Gerrit Cole.

Since we sent out this survey, we’ve already seen the White Sox — who got a pair of votes to tie for second place here — hit the free-agent…

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