Spring Training comes at the end of a wild off-season that saw two of the game's superstars change teams (well, one isn't quite settled yet). Let me wrap up the off-season in one sentence. The news of the off-season was more about how there was very little action once again as the market slowed to a halt waiting for the big names to sign while the big names had an epic stare down waiting to see who would sign first so the other could ask for more money and so many teams were interested they didn't want to sign anyone else until they knew for a fact they wouldn't be getting the superstars so many solid players are still sitting unsigned even though camp has already opened for all 30 teams. That's the story of the 2019 off-season in one big run-on sentence for you.
Each season, I walk through the league and give a preview of each team's upcoming season and how they will fare. This season feels a little more unpredictable than most with so many teams showing they are ready to compete. We will go through the league from the bottom to the top, ending with my prediction for this year's World Series champion.
Starting at the bottom means starting with my predicted worst team in the league this upcoming season. It may just be the same as the worst team in the league last season.
4th in AL East
Manny Machado, Adam Jones, and Zach Britton will all end the season on the Orioles' roster.
47-115, 5th in AL East
I knew the Orioles were on the decline heading into 2018, but 2018 was an all-out failure of epic proportions. The 2018 Orioles had the 15th worst season in baseball history, and outside of the 2003 Tigers that lost 119 games, they had the worst winning percentage of any team since the 1960's. It was an all-time horrible season. Only two players on their team posted a WAR above 2.0, and both of those players (Manny Machado and Kevin Gausman) were traded at the Trade Deadline. That leads me to my other prediction for last season. The Orioles held on way too long before finally deciding to try to rebuild. I thought they were going to continue to live in denial and refuse to trade their top players for the prospects needed to start over. However, when you are that bad, it is hard to live in denial. Machado and Britton were traded, along with Gausman, Brad Brach, and (surprisingly) Jonathan Schoop, who they gave up on after one disappointing season. That helped start the rebuild of a lackluster farm system.
Additions / Subtractions
Most Important Hitter
Most Important Pitcher
Prospect to Watch
5th in AL East
The Orioles will pick in the top 5 in the MLB Draft for five straight seasons.