Key Additions- AJ Pollock, Russell Martin, Joe Kelly
Key Subtractions- Yasiel Puig, Alex Wood, Yasmani Grandal
and Matt Kemp
The Dodgers finally moved on from Yasiel Puig after a
lengthy run of talking about it. His replacement former Diamondback AJ Pollock
has a history of injuries but If healthy can be just as productive as the
departed while not bringing the drama.
The Dodgers were also able to bring back catcher Russell Martin to
replace the departed Yasmani Grandal.
The veteran Martin will help a pitching staff that will be without ace
Clayton Kershaw to start the season. The flexibility for manager Dave Roberts
will be a huge asset Max Muncy, Enrique Hernandez, David Freese, Chris Taylor
and Cody Bellinger all can play multiple positions which will allow for a lot
of good matchups. The lineup will miss
Grandal’s power but a healthy Corey Seager could fill in the missing power.
No Clayton Kershaw or Rich Hill means that Julio Urias will
be in the rotation to start the season.
The top of the rotation will take a hit but in a whole it is still
strong if Hyun-Jin Ryu stays healthy.
Walker Buehler has ascended into a premier role with the organization,
he will be looked upon early to be the ace.
If his progression continues he will be the next great star in the
The biggest addition in the bullpen was hard throwing Joe
Kelly. The worry about Kenley Jansen is
understandable but he is still one of the best when healthy. From the left side the Dodgers still have
reliable Scott Alexander, but will need Tony Cingrani to return from the DL.
Key Additions- Daniel Murphy
Key Subtractions- DJ LaMahieu
David Dahl is finally healthy in 2019. Put him in a lineup that features Nolan
Arenado, Trevor Story, Charlie Blackmon and Daniel Murphy. Dahl has the
potential to add 30 homers to the lineup while stealing at least 15 bases. The loss of DJ Lamahieu takes a consistent
hitter out of the lineup but Garret Hampson and Ryan McMahon can easily fill in
the role. The Rockies have the most depth
of any team in the division.
Kyle Freeland and German Marquez are two guys that have not
become household names but they probably should be. Marquez brings the ability to strikeout any
batter at any time. His ability to put batters
away without allowing them to put it in play is always important in Coors Field. The bottom of the rotation consists of Tyler Anderson
and Jon Gray give the Rockies a solid four man rotation. Gray had his terrible moments in 2018 but
still has the ability to be a #1. The
final spot in the rotation is owned by Chad Bettis who has looked great during
the spring and should be a serviceable #5.
Wade Davis had a lot of saves…but he still was not good. Scott Oberg and Sen-wan Oh stepped up last
season but the Rockies made a mistake by not adding anything depth to the pen.
I don’t expect Davis to have another year like 2018 but still the bullpen could
be the shakiest part of this Colorado team.
San Diego Padres
Key Additions- Manny Machado, Ian Kinsler, Adam Warren,
The Padres made the move of the offseason for the NL West
adding high priced free agent Manny Machado.
They now have the player to build around while their youth
movement. The announcement that super
prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. has made the team means that GM AJ Preller has high
hopes for this season. With a lineup
that featuring veterans Will Myers, Eric
Hosmer Ian Kinsler around Machado, the Padres lineup has a lot of promise if
the youth can make the strides in the right direction.
The rotation will get a lift from another big time prospect
Chris Paddack joins Joey Lucchesi and
Eric Lauer to build a strong young core in a rotation that still has
some holes to fill. The Padres rotation
will need some work if they are looking to contend anytime soon.
Kirby Yates is a premier level closer that can have a huge
impact finishing off games for the Padres.
If they can get lead they have the guy to close it out.
Key Additions- Adam Jones, Luke Weaver, Carson Kelly, Greg
Holland, Wilmer Flores
Key Subtractions- Paul Goldschmidt, Patrick Corbin, Chris
Owings, Dan Descalso, AJ Pollock
The Arizona Diamondbacks are set for a full rebuild. Moving on from Paul Goldschmidt means that
they are looking for a new cornerstone for the lineup. For now they are going to be looking for
David Peralta to step up and be the middle of the order bat that can carry the
team. Re-signing versatile Eduardo
Escobar allows them to move Jake Lamb over to first base. If Lamb is able to stay healthy he can
potential be a 30 homer player, but that
is a big if. Adam Jones and Wilmer
Flores are two great veteran additions that will provide stability to the lineup
during the rebuild. The D-Backs are going to give Carson Kelly a chance that he
never got with the Cardinals in hopes that he can live up to the long time
The rotation lost Patrick Corbin to free agency but still
has the its top two starters in place with Zack Greinke and Robbie Ray. Luke Weaver showed promise in his first
season with the Cardinals but has an issue with throwing his fastball for
strikes which made him a movable piece.
Weaver was still a top level prospect that is worth the look as the
The D-Backs surprised the baseball community by naming Greg
Holland their closer over the favored Archie Bradley. Bradley and Yoshihisa Hirano will give them
what they need in the middle innings.
San Francisco Giants
Key Additions- Gerardo Parra, Yan Solarte
Key Subtractions- Hunter Pence? I guess.
I am not going to spend much time on any on this. The Giants are going to rely on mainstays
Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford, Brandon Belt and Evan Longoria. Adding veteran
Gerardo Parra will provide some punch in the dugout but not much on the
scoreboard. I have always be a fan of
Yan Solarte but he will not see much time unless injuries happen, still not
exactly and impact bat that is needed.
Madbum is great, Holland and Samardzija are average. The only excitement here is the development
of Derek Rodriguez. Can he take the next
step to become a true #2 starter?
Will Smith quietly had a very solid second half for the
Giants. Multiple reclamation projects
like Mark Melancon, Sam Dyson and Tony Watson will be relied upon in a major
way during the season.
The Rockies have a chance to take the division in 2019, but they still have some questions in the rotation and bullpen. The Dodgers will get back Clayton Kershaw and Rich Hill, but their injuries will allow Julio Urias to develop and be weapon in spot starts or potentially the bullpen. LA still has a great offense, so many players to fill in the gaps in case of injuries. Dodgers will win the west but the Rockies will be on their tail all season.