2016 MLB Preview Part I: The American League

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It’s been nearly half a year, but on Sunday meaningful baseball games will finally be played once again when the Cardinals, Pirates, Cubs, Angels, Jays, Rays, Mets, and Royals kick off the MLB season. CAN YOU FEEL THE EXCITEMENT? There’s nothing quite like Opening Day, the only day (or, I guess two days now) where every team is 0-0 and, theoretically, has an equal shot at winning the World Series. It’s the most unpredictable point in the season for baseball fans. The good news is, I’ve taken the liberty of figuring out exactly what’s going to happen over the next seven months. You’re welcome America. Warning, heavy spoilers for the 2016 season to follow. Note: an asterisk (*) denotes a playoff team.

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Friday Update: O’Day vs. Chapman, Bogaerts wins AL Silver Slugger

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Baseball’s offseason is still in its relatively early stages, though that doesn’t mean things haven’t started happening on lots of fronts. Yesterday Astros outfielder Colby Rasmus became the first player in history to accept the current CBA’s 1 year, $15.8 million qualifying offer, electing to stay with the Astros in 2016 over pursuing a multi-year deal. The Angels made news last night by swapping shortstops with Atlanta, acquiring defensive wizard Andrelton Simmons for Erick Aybar and top pitching prospect Sean Newcomb in a deal that left all nine Braves fans outraged. Simmons is only 26, on a cost-friendly contract through 2020, and regularly does stuff like this:

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