Now that Shohei Ohtani has signed with the Angels and Stanton has been traded, the run on free agents can really begin — and it will start with starting pitchers. Unlike with the slugger market, the demand for pitching far outweighs the supply, which means teams will begin lining up for Jake Arrieta and Yu Darvish. Arrieta, being a Scott Boras client, will wait for Darvish to set the market. But it wouldn’t be surprising to see both pitchers sign this week while offense-needy teams try to bargain hunt before taking the plunge for Martinez and Hosmer. — Scott Lauber
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LiAngelo, 19, is a thick-framed, 6-foot-5 player who offers little value outside of occasional spot-up shooting. He projected as a mid-major college player out of high school and wasn’t expected to be in UCLA’s regular rotation. He would be expected to struggle to add any value in the Lithuanian or Baltic leagues. He is a career 32 percent 3-point shooter on 590 attempts, according to Krossover data. LiAngelo is a limited ball handler and defender, and plays strictly below the rim.
Lithuania is a basketball-crazed country where players pride themselves on their advanced feel for the game and discipline. LaMelo’s erratic style of play could well shock coaches and players alike in the Baltic League. On the defensive end, he will also need to make major improvements to fit into the style of play in Lithuania with hopes to stay on the floor.