National League West

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1. Los Angeles Dodgers

A stacked roster now has a former AL MVP in Mookie Betts to torment opposing pitchers.

2. Arizona Diamondbacks

They took some important steps forward last season and now have Madison Bumgarner to anchor their staff.

3. San Diego Padres

This could be a big year for them with two high priced players (Hosmer and Machado) and a nice blend of up and coming talent around the diamond.

4. Colorado Rockies

Not much to speak of other than a very vocal star in Nolan Arenado not liking the direction of the club.

5. San Francisco Giants

They are a far cry from where they were 10 years ago.

Player to Watch: 3B Nolan Arenado – Colorado Rockies

Best Acquisition: OF Mookie Betts – Los Angeles Dodgers

New Kid on the Block: 2B Gavin Lux – Los Angeles Dodgers Continue reading

National League Central

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1. St. Louis Cardinals

Their pitching depth is solid and their lineup has a foundation around Paul Goldschmidt.

2. Cincinnati Reds

They are the trending favorite to surprise folks around baseball. The moves they made were strategic considering their ballpark is a hitters paradise.

3. Chicago Cubs

The talent is there to clinch a Wild Card spot or even win the division, but there are questions as to what their future holds.

4. Milwaukee Brewers

If their pitching staff can match what their lineup can do then the Brewers should be contenders all the way.

5. Pittsburgh Pirates

After a steady run of success, the Pirates are starting from scratch.

Player to Watch: OF Christian Yelich – Milwaukee Brewers

Best Acquisition: 2B Mike Moustakas – Cincinnati Reds

New Kid on the Block: INF Nico Hoerner – Chicago Cubs Continue reading

National League East

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1. Atlanta Braves

They have stiff competition to repeat as division champs, but they have more elite talent at key positions than their division rivals.

2. Washington Nationals

Not having Anthony Rendon in the middle of their lineup will hurt, but their pitching staff as why they won the World Series last year.

3. New York Mets

Having the designated hitter the entire 60-game season plus the Postseason will benefit the Mets if they should make it to October.

4. Philadelphia Phillies

Their bullpen will be their downfall once again. Will they learn that lesson in the offseason?

5. Miami Marlins

The massive rebuild continues with some interesting pitching prospects starting to emerge.

Player to Watch: P Max Scherzer – Washington Nationals

Best Acquisition: OF Marcell Ozuna – Atlanta Braves

New Kid on the Block: INF Carter Kieboom – Washington Nationals Continue reading

American League West

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1. Oakland Athletics

They certainly have the most upside at numerous positions, but will it translate into good things in October?

2. Houston Astros

Their GM and Manager have both been fired from the sign stealing investigation. Can Dusty Baker keep them as contenders?

3. Los Angeles Angels

Bringing in Joe Maddon was the smart move and signing Anthony Rendon was nice, but their pitching staff is still suspect.

4. Texas Rangers

With the opening of a new ballpark who will be the player that takes this team to the next level?

5. Seattle Mariners

The direction is pretty straight forward, but when will they finally say it’s time to become contenders?

Player to Watch: OF Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels

Best Acquisition: 3B Anthony Rendon – Los Angeles Angels

New Kid on the Block: OF Jo Adell – Los Angeles Angels Continue reading

American League Central

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1. Minnesota Twins

A high powered lineup with a slightly better pitching staff should keep them in the conversation.

2. Chicago White Sox

They’ve put together an interesting blend of top tier talent with veterans that bring a winning attitude.

3. Cleveland Indians

The window is closing fast and would they be tempted to trade Lindor in a 60-game season?

4. Kansas City Royals

With a new owner at the helm they will begin a methodical rebuild, but look to remain competitive with Mike Matheny in the dugout.

5. Detroit Tigers

It will be another painful year and it could be worse with only 60 games to play.

Player to Watch: SS Francisco Lindor – Cleveland Indians

Best Acquisition: 3B Josh Donaldson – Minnesota Twins

New Kid on the Block: OF Luis Robert – Chicago White Sox Continue reading