As of today all players who have contracts are in camp. And some who should have are not (more on that in a bit). The first Grapefruit & Cactus League games are Friday. I don't know about you guys but I'm ready.
There is a lot going on this year. New rule changes are coming. Some good, some... not. Designated hitter in the NL will likely be a thing in 2021. I have a pretty ingrained dislike of the DH but screw it, everyone but the NL uses it so past time they got with the program. Pitch clocks, arbitration changes, extra innings rule changes and just some of what might be coming. What do you guys think?
The free agent market has been slow and the players are concerned. Don't look at Harper and Machado. They are both holding multiple contract offers for $275M+ they could sign anytime they want. But teams don't want to do 10 year deals anymore. Who can blame them? Oh hey Albert Pujols... when did you get here? But Dallas Keuchel, Marwin Gonzalez, and Craig Kimbrel are all still unsigned. Kimbrel wants a long term deal but the truth is teams don't want to give over 30 players long term deals. They break down before they reach the end pf them. It's just bad business and the players haven't figured that out yet.
The Rays did not get to build their new stadium and the A's are looking like they will get to. If not Portland and Montreal are both ready to pounce.
So any predictions for this season? Got any WS picks?
AL East: Yankees? Red Sox? Hard to say. But the winner will likely need to win 105+ games to do it
AL Central: Indians are better than the Twins but they won't run away with it.
AL West: Oakland will make noise I think but the Astros can't be caught.
NL East: Anybody except the Marlins. This is the best division in the MLB top to bottom. It will be a dog fight.
NL Central: Cubs in a tight race over Cardinals and Brewers.
NL West: The Rockies will pace the Dodgers through summer but fade late. Dodgers clinch it in September.
WS: Yankees vs Dodgers