1. Eddie Rosario
None of these three playoff-swinging Braves were on the team until midway through the season, hahahah, it really is possible to get better and course-correct and it just never happens to us, hahahaha, I’m crying.
OK, keep your composure. Brian Cashman is smart. He got Clay Holmes. Andrelton Simmons is a viable starting shortstop. There’s nothing to worry about.
Eddie Rosario was the hottest hitter on planet earth in the NLCS against the Dodgers, smashing .560 before cooling off just a bit in the World Series. His backhanded, full-on-sprinting catch in the left-field corner at Truist Park on Yordan Alvarez’s liner was one of the defining moments of the series win, though, and we will never forget the infectious energy and celebration that followed.
Typically worth fewer WAR than you’d assume due in large part to his erratic defense and free-swinging nature, Rosario was still a top-20 MVP finisher in both 2019 and 2020 with the Twins, and October proved exactly why you’d be happy to have him.
On the wrong side of 30 (didn’t like typing that!), he’s another candidate who boosted his stock tremendously this October, but not so tremendously that he’ll cost any more than … $9 million AAV? For three years? If the Yankees finally decide to transition Brett Gardner to the front office this offseason, Rosario would be another electric fit.
Probably worth noting we were scared he’d be headed to join Alex Cora in Boston when he was sliced off Minnesota’s roster this winter, and we somehow dodged that bullet twice in one season. Let’s try not to have to dodge it again?