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2014 General MLB Thread

28 March 2014 - 03:33 PM

About time to kick this off, I think. Miguel Cabrera just signed a monster extension. My 2014 predictions:

 

AL East: Red Sox

AL Central: Tigers

AL West: Angels

 

AL Wild Cards: Rays, A's

 

AL MVP: Mike Trout (easiest player award pick; should've won it the last two years, I say he wins it this year as he leads the Angels to a division title in what should be a competitive 3- or 4-team race)

AL Cy Young: Danny Salazar (part of this is me wanting to be unique, but everything about Salazar screams future ace; the future is now)

AL Rookie of the Year: Masahiro Tanaka (lots of other good candidates such as Jose Abreu, Xander Bogaerts, Yordano Ventura)

 

 

NL East: Nationals

NL Central: Cardinals

NL West: Dodgers

 

NL Wild Card: Pirates, Braves

 

NL MVP: Bryce Harper (see Salazar explanation, although this one doesn't feel nearly as bold; with good health, Harper seems ready for an MVP-caliber breakout as the Nats win the East)

NL Cy Young: Jose Fernandez (I'm a fool for not picking Kershaw, but Fernandez is among rarefied air as a pitcher who skipped AA and AAA and then dominated the Majors to a 2.19 ERA/2.73 FIP at the age of 20)

NL Rookie of the Year: Gregory Polanco (like the AL, lots of other potentially good candidates in Archie Bradley, Jameson Taillon, Javier Baez, Billy Hamilton.... but I say Polanco comes up and displaces Jose Tabata pretty quickly and helps lead the Pirates to an NL Wild Card)

Official 2014 New York Mets Thread

03 February 2014 - 09:56 AM

Well, the Super Bowl is over, which means it's officially baseball season, and about time to fire up a 2014 thread!

 

Pitchers and catchers report in 12 days. The most interesting stuff to keep an eye on between now and spring training:

 

1) The Stephen Drew pursuit, which we may or may not be in on. You can't count out Boras, who got Michael Bourn a 4 year deal around this time last February and Kyle Lohse a 3 year deal in March. Still, I'm not sure how many alternatives Drew has. Drew doesn't thrill me but he's clearly an upgrade on Tejada, and given his apparent weak market, I think a 2 year deal for $10-12M per with a 3rd year option based on Drew staying healthy makes some sense. Or maybe Sandy wasn't lying when he said they are likely out on Drew. We'll see.

 

2) The bullpen, which could really at least one decent, proven MLB arm. Fernando Rodney is clearly the top reliever left* and the rest is a mix of decent (K-Rod), wounded on the comeback trail (Betancourt, Hanrahan, Bailey), and Oliver Perez, who has actually been quite good since turning into a reliever, but we know there is no chance we sign him.

 

3) Ike Davis drama for just a little bit longer. As I've been saying, I'm not sold on Ike being here until I see him Opening Day, which means a trade in the next few weeks, or even in March, wouldn't surprise me, even if it's unlikely. If something does happen, I'd still bet on Pittsburgh given their need for a Gaby Sanchez platoon partner, plus they have some excess arms who could interest the Mets in a swap, like Jeff Locke, Stolmy Pimentel, Phil Erwin, etc. If we keep Ike, so be it, because at this point it's probably the better idea. 

 

* - That's a list of remaining reliever free agents sorted by their 2014 Steamer projections. 

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