MLB teams to watch

As the 2015 MLB season gets under way, it is important to know what to expect from teams around the league. After a very busy offseason, many teams have tried to establish themselves as title contenders, some have done nothing if they did not need a spot filled, and some teams were gutted by the other teams and treated like a farm system to the title-contenders. There are surprises every year in baseball due to the winter, and below the major changes and the most exciting teams will be listed. May the best team win!

  • Boston Red Sox-After a pretty terrible season in which they lost 91 games, the Red Sox look like they could be back in the running for the World Series. With the addition of Pablo Sandoval from the Giants and Hanley Ramirez from the Dodgers, they added some much needed power. Along with them, they still have David Ortiz, Mike Napoli, and Dustin Pedroia who seems to finally be healthy. They also have some young speed in the outfield, and plenty of talent on their Triple-A team. Their biggest concern, perhaps, is their inability to resign their ace pitcher Jon Lester. Now they lack a clear ace, and do not have a stand-out bullpen. But if they can add some pitching, the American League could belong to them.
  • Chicago Cubs- This year might be the Cubs’ year. When I say their year, I mean their year to not come in last in the NL Central. The Cubs made a much bigger push in the offseason than years past. Their offseason was obviously highlighted by the signing of pitcher Jon Lester, but they also acquired some other guys that have proven to be of some worth in their careers such as Miguel Montero, Dexter Fowler, David Ross, and Jason Motte who was acquired from their divisional rival St. Louis Cardinals. Overall, the Cubs improved in many areas, but still lack all the pieces to be a serious World Series contender. But do not worry Cubs fans, they could be very serious in the next year or two as they have some good minor league talent, most notably Kris Bryant who made a splash in Spring Training.
  •  Seattle Mariners- After finishing near the bottom of the AL West for the majority of the past decade, the Mariners finally look like they could seriously be the team to beat in their division. After losing their Japanese star Ichiro a couple years ago, the Mariners have made a considerable effort to replace him. This included getting Robinson Cano from the Yankees last offseason, Nelson Cruz (who led the league in homers last season with 40) was a nice addition this offseason, Kyle Seager who has emerged as a star as he led the team in homeruns (25) and RBIs (96), and they also have the most dominating pitcher in the American League in Felix Hernandez, better known as “King Felix” in Seattle. This year could be very good to the Mariners and do not be surprised if they take out the Angels and the Rangers with ease.  
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