ICYMI, I previewed the American League in Part I here. On to the NL!
Baseball’s offseason is still in its relatively early stages, though that doesn’t mean things haven’t started happening on lots of fronts. Yesterday Astros outfielder Colby Rasmus became the first player in history to accept the current CBA’s 1 year, $15.8 million qualifying offer, electing to stay with the Astros in 2016 over pursuing a multi-year deal. The Angels made news last night by swapping shortstops with Atlanta, acquiring defensive wizard Andrelton Simmons for Erick Aybar and top pitching prospect Sean Newcomb in a deal that left all nine Braves fans outraged. Simmons is only 26, on a cost-friendly contract through 2020, and regularly does stuff like this: