1. Vancouver 97-65
2. St. Louis 75-87
3. Colorado 73-89
4. Fresno 69-93
Arrivals - none
Departures - Rickey Frank (FA),
Net Effect - none
Status - Why mess with a good thing?
Prediction - Frank brought back a roster, almost in full, that made the World Series in Season 29. The scary thing for the rest of the AL? His AAA roster could win over half of its games at the ML level, and 5 of the best will be promoted to the Majors after 20 or so ML games. The favorite for the World Series and a lock for the division championship.
Arizona (St. Louis)
Arrivals - Hughie Baker (trade), Roger Karl (FA), Cesar Rodriguez (FA),
Departures - Ken Locke (FA), Bartolo Santos (FA)
Net Effect - Positive
Status - Competing
Prediction - 2nd place and a winning record are worthwhile goals. Vancouver should prove to be just too tough.
Colorado Springs (Colorado)
Arrivals - Rickey Frank (FA),
Departures - Itchy Penis (Trade)
Net Effect - Fitter, Happier, More Productive
Status - Maintaining
Prediction - 3rd. Not enough to catch Arizona, let alone Vancouver. As much as we all despise it, the only way to win in this game is to sustain a 3-5 season re-build based upon high draft picks and expensive internationals. CSP, like many others, are stuck in no-man's land - not good enough to win World Series now, not bad enough to win one later. The impending arrival of Abdul Simpson should help, but it won't be enough.
Arrivals - Ken Locke (FA),
Departures - Carlos Pena (FA)
Net Effect - Neutral
Status - Re-building
Prediction - 4th. Which, again, is not a bad thing for a re-building squad. Has won exactly 110 games over the past two seasons. Playing by the rules and re-building like a champ!
MVP Watch - One of Vancouver's guys
Cy Young Watch - One of Vancouver's guys
ROY Lock (if promoted) - One of Vancouver's guys