Intriguing 2022-23 offseason addition for each MLB team

There are still a smattering of players on the open market, but on the whole, most of the major moves have been made — now that Carlos Correa has finally, officially, signed. Every team has at least added something.

So as we start making inroads into this new year, and with Spring Training only (gasp!) a month away, let’s take a look at each team’s most intriguing offseason acquisition.

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Blue Jays: OF Daulton Varsho
Acquired in a fun little challenge trade sneaked in right before the new year, Varsho gives the Blue Jays a desperately needed left-handed batter, as well as some defensive support in the outfield. But was last year the new standard for him, or the outlier?

Orioles: RHP Kyle Gibson
Sure, Orioles fans wanted more, and it’s difficult to disagree with them. But there’s no question this team needed some starting-pitching stability, and Gibson should absolutely give them that. You can let the young kids have their growing pains if Gibson can pile up the innings and provide some veteran leadership. But will he?

Rays: RHP Zach Eflin
The Rays, as usual, didn’t add a bunch this offseason, but Eflin is a fun, curious little addition. He seemed to find a new gear as a reliever as last season came to a close (and the Phillies made their postseason run), but he’s slated as a starter for the Rays. Of course, no team blurs those lines between “starter” and “reliever” like the Rays do.

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Red Sox: LF Masataka Yoshida
It isn’t fair to Yoshida to expect him to replace the production of the departed Xander Bogaerts. But amidst questions about whether his game will translate from Nippon Professional Baseball to the Majors, every Boston fan will be looking for Yoshida to be a star from the get-go.

Yankees: LHP Carlos Rodón
Ordinarily, you’d be a little concerned about making this sort of commitment (six years, $162 million) to a guy with the injury history of Rodón. But the Yankees desperately needed another starter, and for what it’s worth, if Rodón is what he was last year, the Yankees’ rotation may have one of the best one-two punches in MLB.

Guardians: 1B/DH Josh Bell
This is exactly the sort of acquisition we’ve been wanting the Guardians to make, getting a guy who can hit the darned ball with some authority. (Though it’d have been nice if he were an outfielder.) The real question is which version of Bell the Guardians are getting. If they get the guy who was a star for the Nationals last season — and not the guy who struggled mightily after a trade to the Padres — this lineup will reach another level.

Royals: LHP Ryan Yarbrough
Jordan Lyles is the biggest name, such as it is, but Yarbrough is an intriguing talent who looked like he was ticketed for more with Tampa Bay. Can he put it together in Kansas City?

Tigers: RHP Michael Lorenzen
Matthew Boyd’s return is the bigger story, but frankly, after how the Tigers hit last year, Lorenzen could help their rotation and their lineup due to his experience playing…

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