Dayton Moore, the general manager of the Kansas City Royals, has done a great job turning the team into a consistent contender, as they're currently in their second-consecutive World Series. Saunders notes that bold moves, creative thinking, and a strong farm system has provided a huge boost to the team that had the worst winning percentage in baseball from 2000 to 2015. Jeff Bridich made his impression on Colorado when he traded Troy Tulowitzki this season, and Saunders believes that Bridich currently has a plan in place that mimics the current Royals setup.
We'll have much more on this topic later today.
Jake Shapiro continues his offseason rankings by putting Tyler Matzek at number 32 on his list. Matzek's numbers weren't terrible, but they would have become much worse had the Rockies let him stick around any longer. In just five games, Matzek had an ERA of 4.09, which is respectable, but had a terrifying WHIP of 1.818 and a BB/9 of 7.8, which gives you a clue as to why he had a FIP of 5.95. Matzek spent time at multiple levels in the minors, and even spent some time at home to simply focus on other things besides baseball, and he finished the year in Triple-A. The future is unclear for Matzek, but there's still hope we could see him back with the Rockies next year.
Alex Anthopoulos, also known as the big ol' jerk who took Troy Tulowitzki away from us, made a handful of trades in his time with the Toronto Blue Jays that impacted the organization greatly. Some trades were good, such as Brett Lawrie, Kendall Graveman, Sean Nolin, and Franklin Barreto for Josh Donaldson, who just had an MVP-caliber season. Some were not so good, like the trade that sent Travis D'Arnaud, Noah Syndergaard, and Wuilmer Becerra to the Mets for R.A. Dickey, Josh Thole, and Mke Nickeas.