2016 MLB Preview Part I: The American League

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Arizona Diamondbacks
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: The Hot Stove Cools Off, Big Papi’s Last Ride, Plus 3 Up, 3 Down

at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 2, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland.

at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 2, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland.

After the Red Sox turned the Hot Stove all the way up to 10 last Friday night with their acquisition of Craig Kimbrel, things cooled off considerably this week with reports that Dave Dombrowski and company weren’t looking to make any other big trades this offseason, as well as news that the Sox had pulled out of the running for righty reliever Joakim Soria. I covered the Kimbrel trade briefly here, and I still stand by what I said about the prospects given up in the trade. A lot has come out over the course of the week about how the Red Sox gave up way too much for the 27-year-old closer, but as far as I’m concerned, that they didn’t tap into the Yoan Moncada/Rafael Devers/Anderson Espinoza/Andrew Benintendi quartet makes all the difference.

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