Well, the Winter Meetings are now behind us, and we're moving into the cold reality that baseball news for the next two months will likely start trickling in at a much slower pace. However, we can look at what's happened so far this offseason and determine who's done a good job for themselves so far, and who hasn't had the best offensive. I'll be concentrating on moves that took place this week at the Winter Meetings, but will give some thought to moves that were made before this week.
Washington came into the offseason with a purpose, though they didn't really need to make considerable tweaks to a team that won 98 games in 2012. Of course, that didn't stop Nationals GM Mike Rizzo from finally acquiring Denard Span from the Twins (for just one prospect, Alex Meyer) and essentially replacing Edwin Jackson in the rotation with Dan Haren on a one-year deal. The defensive upgrade that will come from inserting Span in center, shifting Bryce Harper to a corner, and getting Michael Morse out of the infield is a move that will pay huge dividends for Washington immediately, and if healthy, Haren's ceiling is much higher than that of Jackson's, providing a veteran presence to a very young rotation. And to think, the Nationals might not even done yet, with rumors that they're shopping Morse and looking at bringing back Adam LaRoche to play first base.
San Francisco Giants
Like the Nationals, the Giants didn't need to do much tweaking to their team since they won the World Series just a month and a half ago. And thus, the Giants really haven't tweaked all that much. They've brought back Marco Scutaro on a three-year deal and Angel Pagan on a below-market four-year deal, and while Jeremy Affeldt's new contract was an overpay, GM Brian Sabean felt that it was an essential move. All that the Giants really need is a left fielder now, and based on the way the market has gone this winter, I'd imagine that Sabean would get a little creative in filling that hole.