American League West
Keeping with our trend of picking new contenders, we see the Astros returning to the promised land with the Mariners on their heels. 2017 may very well be the year Angels manager Mike Scioscia is fired.
Biggest Additions DH Carlos Beltran
Biggest Losses: OF Colby Rasmus
Achilles Heel: Pitching
Kandy says: The Astros loaded up on veteran leadership this off-season to mix with their young stars. Joining Beltran in Houston is former Yankees teammate catcher Brian McCann and outfielder Josh Reddick. The Astros are primed to win if the geezers can hold up and the pitching staff finds its groove.
Biggest Additions: P Drew Smyly
Biggest Losses: P Drew Storen
Achilles Heel: Team chemistry. GM Dipoto was extremely active this postseason, mixing and matching pieces as he saw a chance to capture the 2017 AL West crown.
Kandy says: A lot of new faces have the Mariners competing for the division crown. If the Astros geezers falter the Mariners will be there to take the crown.
Biggest Additions: 1B Mike Napoli
Biggest Losses: Carlos Beltran, Ian Desmond, Colby Lewis
Achilles Heel: Bullpen Depth
Kandy says: No soup for you this year Rangers fans.
Biggest Additions: OF Rajai Davis
Biggest Losses: Danny Valencia
Achilles Heel: Home field
Kandy says: One more year A’s fans. 2018 should begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Los Angeles Angels
Biggest Additions: OF Cameron Maybin
Biggest Losses: P Jhoulys Chacin
Achilles Heel: Mgr Mike Scioscia
Kandy says: Scioscia was locked in a power struggle previously with GM Jerry Dipoto and won. They added Cameron Maybin but he is a natural centerfielder, the same position the best player in baseball plays on this club, Mike Trout. Nice player, hope he knows how to play left field.
There you have it. Our 2017 Major League Baseball preview. Get back to us in October and let us know how we did by dropping an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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