The tear down phase of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ tear down and rebuild continues. They have traded Starling Marte to the Arizona Diamondbacks for a pair of prospects, neither of which hav been promoted past A ball yet. They finished in last place in the NL Central and appear to be nailing that slot down again.
Meanwhile, the only team that actually looks stronger for the coming season in that division is the Reds. They have actually spent $164M on free agents this winter, including $64M each on Mike Moustakas and Nick Castellanos, and more than they’ve spent in free agency over past 10 years combined. I’ve even heard one pundit call them the favorites in the NL Central. I grew up a Reds fan, but I don’t know about that. However, the Cardinals—having lost Ozuna and adding nobody of note—are weaker on paper. Ditto the Cubs, minus Castellanos and adding lesser players like Steven Souza. Ditto the Brewers, losing multiple key players including Moustakas and Yasmani Grandal and also adding lesser players. The division does appear up for grabs, except for the Pirates.