Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer/Part-Owner) Follow @stokes_hunter21
Follow The MLB Reports On Twitter Follow @mlbreports
(2) NY Mets: Starting Pitching best in the Majors. Offensive depth better in offseason. Need David Wright to stay healthy. NL East easiest bottom 3 teams in the bigs.
(3) Kansas City Royals: Easiest Division in the Majors. Back to Back AL Pennants and defending World Series Champs. Look for some more mid year deals.
(4) Washington Nationals: Has more to do with the Division than anything. Go pick up with Daniel Murphy, and have added several Bullpen arms. Need another OF and a SP>
(6) St. Louis Cardinals: Never count out the Cards. I expect the Bucs to not be as good in 2016 either. Will get fat on the Brewers and Reds too.
(8) San Francisco Giants: So why the 8th place? It is simple. The Dodgers could pull off a few moves and become the favorite in the NL West again. I believe this will be the case.
(9) LA Dodgers: Started the winter year as the World Series favorite and have had the worst offseason out of the contenders. Losing Zack Greinke will be felt hugely. After signing Scott Kazmir yesterday they are one more upgrade away from reclaiming top seed in the NL West
(10) Houston Astros: Worst seeded Division winner. Lots of young talent quickly emerging. Lots of swings and misses in the lineup is cause for concern
(11) NY Yankees: Pinstripers are the 3rd team in the top 11. Dominant Bullpen. Upgraded Infield.. Better Bench. They just need to sign 1 – 2 Starting Pitchers and they could be really dangerous in 2016.
(12) Texas Rangers: Horrible winter thus far, and a lot of their players had great seasons in 2015. Could be tough to duplicate. Yu Darvish needs to return to form in 2016 coming back from TJ Surgery.
(13) Pittsburgh Pirates: Are you really going to trade Mark Melancon before the season starts. That would be an epic mistake in my view. Losing A.J. Burnett, Neil Walker, Pedro Alvarez and Charlie Morton, while adding John Jaso, Jon Niese and Juan Nicasio is not enough. Although they lead the league in guys named John acquired.
(14) Arizona Diamondbacks: This club threw down the hammer with the Zack Greinke deal. Love the riverboat gamble in Shelby Miller. Don’t stop here fella’s. Look for upgrades in the middle infield and Bullpen. Spend the cash.
(17) LA Angeles: They really need to start spending money to acquire guys. So far you have only acquired Andrelton Simmons and Yunel Escobar, and lost Albert Pujols to start the season, David Freese plus Erick Aybar. Woeful bench all hitting under .200 in 2015.
(18) Detroit Tigers: Aging rapidly and remind me of the 2012 Philadelphia Phillies. Let’s hope they don’t have the Phils record from 2013 – 2015 over the next 3 years.
(21) Miami Marlins: Seemingly in every traderumor but are not pulling the trigger on anything.
(22) Baltimore Orioles: Have a ton riding on re-signing Chris Davis. They will need another Infielder or Outfielder if they lose him. You can’t start the year with Nolan Reimold and KBO slugger Hyun-soo Kim as your corner outfielders.
(23) Tampa Bay Rays: Still have great Starting Pitching but a lack of offense. Could trade Odorizzi or Cobb to address the situation. Man that is a tough division.
(24) Oakland A’s: Worst ranked American League club is still ahead of 6 teams in the National League. Too many average players around the board. Not enough talent to win right now.
(25) Milwaukee Brewers: This is going to be a tough few years in Milwaukee. Could be among 6 NL teams that challenge 100 losses.
(26) San Diego Padres: A.J. Preller acquiring all sorts of young players for veterans via trades. Needs to keep the idea flowing throughout the entire year.
(27) Atlanta Braves: They are the best out of these bottom 6 for talent coming via prospects soon.
(29) Philadelpia Phillies: Will take a miracle for this team to win with that Starting Pitching. Good start for the rebuild process with the Ken Giles trade though.
*** The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of mlbreports.com and their partners***
A Big thanks goes out to our chief writer Hunter Stokes for preparing today’s feature post.
To Subscribe and listen daily to ‘Our Lead Personality’ Sully’s 20 Minutes Daily (every day since Oct.24, 2012) Podcast click here. Guaranteed listening to the Sully Baseball Daily Podcast will be the best time you invest in online!
2016 MLB Previews: Team Salaries + SOTUs (MLB Teams State Of The Unions) Links Page here.