The MLB or Major League Baseball is the leading professional baseball organization in the United States. In the MLB, there are 30 teams with 15 teams in the American League (AL) and 15 teams in the National League (NL). Out of the 30 teams, 29 come from the United States and one from Canada. Each season 162 games are played. In the postseason, four teams from each league are selected for a playoff tournament which ends in the World Series. The annual winter meeting of Major League Baseball teams began on December 5, 2016. Since then, the meeting has been a flurry of a series of offseason activities, trading and free agent signings.
Let us look at the intense preparations being done by the following teams to come back fiercer and stronger in the upcoming winter season:
- Houston Astros: The team is very active and seems to be preparing well for the winter season. The team has signed Josh Reddick and Carlos Beltran. The primary rotation of the team, for the time being, are Dallas Keuchel, Collin McHugh, Mike Fiers, Lance McCullers and Charlie Morton. In the case of any serious injury, Joe Musgrove or Brad Peacock will be ready to fill in. The fans can look forward to the Astros to add one or maybe two starters who can work out of the bullpen. This season the Astros seem to be trending in the right direction and won’t be derailed by an injury or two.
- Los Angeles Angels: The Angles possess the best baseball player in the world. However, the team formed around Mike Trout does not look very strong and yielding. To battle the problem, they surely cannot trade their players due to high payroll. The Angels are rumored to be in contact with Stephen Drew, and he can be a surprising part of the team this winter season. Nick Tropeano and Andrew Heaney are still recovering from the last season’s Tommy John surgery. Garrett Richards is however expected to be back.
- Oakland Athletics: The Athletics have been one of the worst teams over the past several seasons. They are still preparing for a real comeback this season. Stephen Vogt and Jed Lowrie are available to the team through trade. Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle are expected to join the team when the free agents are signed. Sonny Gray will be a strong part of the rotation. However, it would be more beneficial if the A’s waited until Chris Sale is traded or that the White Sox would not replace him. There are flying reports that the Athletics is planning to build the team around young players like Ryon Healy, Jharel Cotton and Sean Manea.
- Seattle Mariners: The Mariners have been very active and have immediately embraced Jean Segura and Danny Valencia as a part of the team. Seattle is facing a bit of dilemma when it comes to building a rotation. Felix Hernandez seems to be getting old in a hurry. Hisashi Iwakuma is also about to be 36. James Paxton seems to be very promising. However, he is facing a lot of health issues. Doug Fister is rumored to be playing for the Mariners this winter season.
- 5. Texas Rangers: The AL West champion is planning to put Delino DeSheilds in the center while Joey Gallo or Ryan Rua will be at DH. Thus, Jurickson Profar would be the everyday first baseman. Ian Desmond has been rumored to be a part of the Rangers. Reports are saying that the Rangers are trying to trade for a center fielder.