With Opening Day just about two weeks away and 25-man rosters starting to take shape, it seems as good a time as any to start to preview the upcoming season. For a change of pace, I’m going to run with a bit of a different format this year and view things one division at a time.
We’ll cover each division in no particular order. Let’s start with the NL West.
Top 5 Moves Since Last Season:
1. San Diego trades right-hander Mat Latos to the Cincinnati Reds for first baseman Yonder Alonso, catcher Yasmani Grandal, and right-handers Edison Volquez and Brad Boxberger.
2. Los Angeles signs center fielder Matt Kemp to an 8 year, $160 Million contract extension.
3. Colorado trades catcher Chris Iannetta to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for right-hander Tyler Chatwood. Colorado then signs catcher Ramon Hernandez.
4. San Francisco and Los Angeles announce contract extensions for Tim Lincecum and Clayton Kershaw.
5. Arizona trades right-handers Jarrod Parker and Ryan Cook and center fielder Collin Cowgill to the Oakland Athletics for right-hander Trevor Cahill and left-hander Craig Breslow.
Arizona (Cahill), Colorado (Michael Cuddyer, Jeremy Guthrie), Los Angeles (None), San Diego (Alonso, Huston Street), San Francisco (None)
Arizona (Parker), Colorado (Street), Los Angeles (Hiroki Kuroda), San Diego (Latos, Heath Bell), San Francisco (None)
Cy Young – Clayton Kershaw (Honorable mention: Ian Kennedy)
MVP – Justin Upton (Honorable mention: Troy Tulowitski)
Rookie of the Year – Wilin Rosario (Honorable mention: Trevor Bauer, Drew Pomeranz)
- San Francisco
- Los Angeles
- San Diego
All Division Team:
Finally, let’s close things out with my pre-2012 All Division Team*. Eligible candidates consist of each team’s projected starter heading into Opening Day. We’ll revisit these lists again once the season concludes.
* Honorable mentions in parentheses.
1B: Yonder Alonso (Paul Goldschmidt)
2B: Marco Scutaro (Aaron Hill)
3B: Pablo Sandoval (Chase Headley)
SS: Troy Tulowitski (Stephen Drew if healthy, in this case Dee Gordon)
RF: Justin Upton (Michael Cuddyer)
CF: Matt Kemp (Cameron Maybin)
LF: Carlos Gonzalez (Gerardo Parra)
C: Buster Posey (Miguel Montero)