- Jan 17, 2015
- Reaction score
- Bristol City
Might as well start another one of these here.
"We're the Yankees, so we'll dabble briefly in mascotitude, but only with an understated yet distinguishing sense of contempt about the whole enterprise. Anyway, viva la Dandy."
I am a Tampa Bay Rays fan. We have had a fascinating offseason.
I think we will still be up there in the AL East next year. Though it looks a very even division. We really need some of our new acquisitions to come through well and we are set. Looking forward to watching Souza in particular.
Really? Outside looking in admittedly, I thought you were more in a transitional mode.
I think the Yankees and O's will be worse this year, Toronto and Baston better and the Rays a little worse.
As of today I'd predict:
Cashman really gambling on the health of his starters. I can understand a little, balking on long contracts given we signed Tanaka a year ago, but to not even make Brandon McCarthy one; I just don't get it.
And for the record, I'm not all that happy about trading Prado and Banuelos.
I'm very concerned about the Cardinals rotation. If Wainwright and Wacha stay healthy, it has all the quality necessary, but I think the nature of their ongoing injury issues are major red flags. Think this could be the first year they miss the NLCS in a few years, and could even miss the playoffs. I really like the Jason Heyward addition (RIP Oscar Taveras) and I like Kolten Wong for an improved season, but I expect regression from Peralta and Jay. The rival Cubs could be challenging us for the division.
Early playoff predictions:
AL: Blue Jays, Indians, Mariners; Angels and Red Sox
NL: Nationals, Cardinals, Dodgers; Marlins and Padres
I wouldn't be that bothered about missing out on Moncada. Unless he turns into a star you can replace his production on the free agent market for similar money. Then of course there is the chance he is a complete flop. Unlikely maybe but my no means impossible. The one thing with the Yankees is that they were already over the bonus pool. You would have thought that would have made it more tempting.