With spring training just around the corner, it’s time to start the hype for the upcoming MLB season. Fans are hungrier than ever for more baseball, especially after the shorter season we had in 2020.
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There is a lot to be excited about after interesting changes in several teams. Let’s take a look at some interesting stories heading into the 2021 MLB season.
San Diego Padres
The San Diego Padres were a solid team last year with a 37-23 record, leaving them just behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in NL West. With the recent news, the Padres will almost certainly be even better heading into this season.
In just 24 hours, the Padres signed Blake Snell from the Tampa Bay Rays and Yu Darvish from the Chicago Cubs as well as the Korean free agent He-seong Kim.
They now have one of the best rotations in the league, and this will surely be reflected in the MLB picks and predictions. The Padre’s rotation was weakened last season when pitcher Mike Clevinger’s elbows became a problem. He is now rehabilitating from his recent surgery, and Blake Snell will help out.
The Yu Darvish signing was also met with praise from the fans. He had a big year in 2020, posting some promising stats, even for just 12 starts. He will be a great asset to the team, but he has had his own share of elbow and tricep issues over the years, so the Padres will have to be careful how they use him. Overall, the Padres are looking stacked heading into this season and fans should be immensely excited.
New York Mets
The Mets are another team that has really shaken things up in the offseason by adding a lot of big-name players. Their 2020 season was lackluster finishing with a 26-34 record and tied for the last place in the NL East. However, with their recent trade news in mind, it looks like 2021 should be a big year for the team.
The biggest news by far is the Francisco Lindor signing. At the age of 27, this young star shortstop has already made a name for himself in the league and has given the Mets’ fan base a big reason to be excited. At $22 million for one year, he certainly did not come cheap, but it may be worth it if he can help turn this failing franchise around.
Lindor is far from the only new player to get signed in New York this past offseason. Coming along with him are catcher James McCann, and pitchers: Joey Lucchesi, Carlos Carrasco, and Trevor May. This adds up to a lot of talent and depth for the Mets, who are desperately in need of a new spark.
Los Angeles Dodgers
Of course, after their sensational season last year that ended in a championship victory, fans are wondering if the Dodgers will be as dominant this season. The top MLB analysts all agree that they are still the team to beat, but the Padres and Mets have them second-guessing.
In this sport, it’s hard for champions to come back and win again the next year. However, the Dodgers have made some adjustments in the offseason to help bolster their chances.
To begin, the Dodgers had good news for fans when they announced they had re-signed pitcher Blake Treinen to a two-year $17.5 million contract. Treinen is known for having a few good pitches in his arsenal like his sinker and should add a lot to the team this season following his strong comeback year in 2020.
For new players added to the roster, we have pitchers Tommy Kahnle and Garrett Cleavinger. The Dodgers now have immense depth in the pitcher position, and this has led fans to debate whether the Dodgers or Padres have the better lineup. While there is no telling what will happen this season, the Dodgers are looking strong and certainly will not be a pushover by any means.
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