Yep, it’s that time of year again!

Time for UmpBump to help alleviate the tedium between the Hall of Fame announcements and the start of spring training by bringing back a popular feature that we introduced last year: Hot Offseason Action!

Some hot *in-season* actionOver the next month and a half, leading up to the start of spring training, we will run a series of posts providing in-depth analysis of the offseason moves of all 30 major league teams. In each post we will run down that team’s key additions and subtractions, outline their prospects for the 2008 season, and provide projected opening day lineups and starting rotations based on the latest breaking news.

At the end of each post, we will assign each team an offseason grade, from “A” through “F.” But here at UmpBump, we are even stinger than a German schoolmarm, so last year not even a single team received an “A,” and only three teams merited even an “A-” grade. It will take a team which has truly addressed every single offseason need (and maybe even then some) to attain the first “A” grade in Hot Offseason Action history…will anyone make the cut this year?

Links to the posts on each of the teams will appear here at the rate of roughly one per day, so bookmark this page and check back often to see when we will lay the smackdown on your favorite team! We may even dish out a few compliments here and there, if your team really deserved it (but Astros fans, don’t hold your breath).

March 11 – Mets, B-
March 10 – Cubs, B
March 6 – Cardinals, D-
March 5 – Nationals, B-
March 4 – Indians, B-
March 3 – Astros, D
March 1 – Giants, F
Februrary 29 – Rangers, C
February 28 – Tigers, B-
February 21- Blue Jays, D
February 20 – Mariners, C
February 19 – Reds, C+
February 17 – Angels, A-
February 16 – Dodgers, B
February 15 – Royals, C
February 14 – Twins, C
February 13 – Brewers, B+
February 12 – Orioles, B+
February 9 – Marlins, F
February 7 – Rockies, C-
February 6 – Pirates, D
February 4 – Phillies, B+
February 3 – Yankees, C
February 1 – A’s, B+
January 31 – White Sox, B-
January 30 – Rays, B
January 24 – Diamondbacks, A-
January 23 – San Diego Padres, C+
January 22 – Atlanta Braves, B
January 21 – Boston Red Sox, A

5 Responses to “Hot Offseason Action 2: Electric Boogaloo”

  1. Sarah Green says:

    Dag, yo. That is one CUTE baseball baby.

    Though obviously Jorge’s been giving her tips on her pitcher’s stare.

  2. Sarah, I was so perturbed by us agreeing about the Mitchell Report that I will force myself to disagree with you here. That is NOT a cute baby.

    And we’re back on track…

  3. Sarah Green says:

    Careful, Paul. She’ll pummel you with her clenched fist of fury.

  4. Look, if you’re gonna post pics of hot action, couple of things you should consider:

    1. Might want an age verification click-through telling people under 18 to go away.

    2. If you’re gonna show a player pressing his Rod-riguez into someone, make the other person be a hot baseball wife, not a teammate.

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