There hasn’t been much action in the first month of the 2016-2017 Major League Baseball offseason. Everyone’s been busy tip-toeing around the rather large elephant in the room.

Nonetheless, the time has come for a routine stock-taking. Let us now discuss the winners and losers of the hot stove season so far.

Since it’s been an unusual offseason, we’re going to look at five winners (players, teams and markets that have done well or are shaping up well) and only three losers (players, teams and markets that aren’t doing so hot).

We will proceed in an order that makes narrative sense, starting…


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