It’s the vacations, which suggests household, heat, love and hope — and likewise the frantic rush to get items for everybody in time.
So let’s add yet another recipient to our holiday-gift lists: Your favourite staff. Each staff wants one thing — whether or not they completed final or simply gained the World Sequence. With that in thoughts, we check out one vacation reward for every staff. That is what they need probably the most: One thing that will make their vacation desires come true.
Blue Jays: Some lineup pop
It appears unusual to think about the Blue Jays needing energy: Wasn’t this lineup partly constructed with energy in thoughts? It nonetheless looks like they’re a bat brief. And whereas Shohei Ohtani won’t, alas, be coming right here, there are different choices, each on the high of the market and within the center. (J.D. Martinez would look nice right here.) It additionally wouldn’t harm for Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to return to his 2021 type. He’s acquired a 55-homer season in him, doesn’t he?
Orioles: Continued ahead momentum
The AL Division Sequence sweep by the hands of the Rangers and comparatively quiet offseason has distracted from the truth that the Orioles had the most effective seasons in franchise historical past final 12 months: They gained so many video games (101, to be actual). There’s cause to assume they could be even higher this 12 months, significantly with top prospect Jackson Holliday arriving sooner or later. And whereas they want some extra pitching, what they really want is to take one other step ahead this 12 months. Meaning successful a playoff collection. That’s now the metric for this franchise. That’s a superb factor.
Rays: Extra younger arms to emerge
The Rays’ rotation at all times appears to replenish itself, however, you realize, it higher, as a result of it appears to be like kind of skinny now that Tyler Glasnow has been traded to the Dodgers. Zach Eflin will lead them, and Ryan Pepiot is a pleasant addition from the Glasnow deal, however Aaron Civale, Zack Littell, Shane Baz and Taj Bradley are going to must fill a number of innings. There are a number of questions with this lineup, but it surely’s the Rays: They’re going to rise and fall with the rotation. Is it prepared?
Crimson Sox: One thing to consider in
The Crimson Sox have definitely had some front-office turnover, which might result in a way that this staff is worse than they really are. There’s a number of expertise nonetheless right here, however not a number of the top-shelf selection. The Sox really feel like they’re spinning their wheels a bit, and that’s not one thing a Boston staff ought to ever be doing. Right here’s hoping sooner or later somebody can emerge — and perhaps give this staff an id it clearly wants.
Yankees: Aaron Choose and Juan Soto wholesome all 12 months lengthy
It’s powerful to discover a 1-2 mixture as harmful as this one, in addition to one which would appear to suit collectively so nicely. It’s nonetheless up within the air whether or not Soto will probably be right here previous this season, however whereas’s he’s in The Bronx, you need these two anchoring this lineup at each alternative. The Yankees are supposed to have stars. They positive have two huge ones right here. And whereas Soto has been very sturdy, Choose has missed at the least 50 video games in three of his six full seasons (we’re excluding 2020 right here). Let’s hope we get them within the lineup collectively at the least 140 instances.
Guardians: A bat. Massive, little, one thing
Perhaps it’ll be from buying and selling Shane Bieber, perhaps they’ll give you somebody from the free-agent market. However no staff wants a giant hitter, somebody to assist out José Ramírez, greater than the Guardians do. This lineup wants one thing. Sooner fairly than later.
Royals: The brand new signings to repay
The Royals have had some powerful seasons of late, however they sense alternative within the AL Central and have made a number of tactical signings this winter, led by right-handers Seth Lugo and Michael Wacha. They’re making an attempt to function as a 2024 sleeper, and it would simply work.
Tigers: Extra steps ahead from the 2 younger hitters
Accidents harm Riley Greene final 12 months, however there’s no cause to assume he gained’t proceed to enhance and finally change into a star for this staff. He had a 117 OPS+ final 12 months in 99 video games. Simply as encouraging? The strides that Spencer Torkelson made because the season went alongside. He had one of many quietest 30-homer seasons in current reminiscence.
Twins: Carlos Correa to be a famous person once more
The Twins are in a transitional section, however they’ll nonetheless win this division. However it positive could be good if Correa performed just like the generational star the Twins signed him to be.
White Sox: A prospect haul?
It positive appears to be like just like the White Sox missed their window and they’ll begin over. Buying and selling away a few of their stars could be a really environment friendly means to take action. But when they transfer the likes of Dylan Stop (and even Luis Robert), the return higher be value it.
Angels: Well being for Mike Trout
It’s unhappy to see Shohei Ohtani gone — no query. However Mike Trout continues to be right here! He’s the most effective baseball gamers any of us have ever seen. He simply hasn’t been on the sector sufficient to indicate it for some time. (He hasn’t performed in 140 video games since 2018.) The Angels simply stated goodbye to a generational famous person. Happily, they’ve one other one.
Astros: A straightforward transition to a brand new supervisor, and a brand new period
The Astros have made the AL Championship Sequence for seven consecutive seasons, which is so unimaginable it’s nearly unusual to say out loud. They do have some adjustments occurring, although, and it’s to their credit score that they’re nonetheless going to be good this 12 months regardless of them. However adjustments are coming, starting with Joe Espada taking over for Dusty Baker. The most effective reward they might perhaps obtain is the whole lot going easily.
Athletics: Extra Zack Gelofs
Gelof’s emergence in 2023 is precisely the kind of factor the A’s have to have occurring frequently (.840 OPS in 300 PAs). Who will probably be subsequent 12 months’s Zack Gelof?
Mariners: One other large bat
There have been many rumors in regards to the Mariners buying and selling from pitching depth to assist out Julio Rodríguez and the remainder of their lineup. It could be time to behave on one among them, however the membership helped its case by agreeing to a two-year deal with catcher/DH Mitch Garver, sources instructed MLB.com.
Rangers: One other World Sequence title, please
Successful one simply makes you need to win one other one.
Braves: Some postseason success
Did the Braves dissipate all their October mojo in 2021? They’ve had incredible groups two years in a row which have bowed out far too early within the postseason. Final 12 months’s staff was dominant till it wasn’t. How a few staff that retains it going all month lengthy?
Marlins: A wholesome Jazz Chisholm Jr.
Jazz felt like one of many sport’s hottest younger stars heading into 2023 — he was on the quilt of MLB The Present, for crying out loud — however accidents ate up most of his season. He’s nonetheless an electrical expertise and charismatic determine. It’d be great to get to see all of it 12 months lengthy.
Mets: A protracted-term imaginative and prescient to take maintain
You wouldn’t understand it from how 2023 went, however the Mets are literally fairly well-positioned transferring ahead. However there was a lot — cash, hope, desires, largely cash — driving on 2023 that it felt like a disappointment after the 101-win season of 2022. The Mets have a stable plan they’re placing collectively, led by new head of baseball operations David Stearns. Perhaps it doesn’t all must experience on only one 12 months?
Nationals: CJ Abrams to emerge as a star
The Soto commerce didn’t find yourself turning out the way in which the Padres hoped it could, however all instructed, it hasn’t been good for the Nats, both. Abrams is as shut as this staff has a future star, and also you’d prefer to see him making extra strikes in that path this 12 months. The .734 OPS he had after the All-Star break — to not point out the 33 steals in 35 makes an attempt — is hopefully an indication of what’s to come back.
Phillies: These postseason vibes to proceed
At many factors in October, it positive felt just like the Phillies have been on their option to a World Sequence win, didn’t it? The Residents Financial institution Park crowd elevated this staff, and actually the entire sport, earlier than the late NLCS letdown. Right here’s hoping everyone stays simply as excited this 12 months.
Brewers: A Jackson Chourio who is prepared on Day One
The Brewers are going via a transitional interval now, however there’s nonetheless loads to be enthusiastic about right here, at the beginning Chourio — a generational prospect who’s locked in for years to come and ought to be taking part in on Opening Day.
Cardinals: No extra years like final 12 months
No cause to overcomplicate it. That may’t occur once more.
Cubs: A return for Cody Bellinger?
The Cubs have been making an attempt to catch up all offseason after presumably shedding Bellinger and Marcus Stroman, two of their greatest gamers. However perhaps they’ll hold Bellinger? One of the best ways to get a star is to maintain those you could have.
Pirates: Paul Skenes fever
The No. 1 overall pick goes to be prepared sooner fairly than later. What a jolt of vitality he might be for this franchise.
Reds: Elly de la Cruz to take the following step
As enjoyable as de la Cruz was this 12 months, his general numbers weren’t fairly what you’d need them to be. He appears to be like like a future star. It’s time for him to be one.
D-backs: One other World Sequence
Certain, that was a wild run, and anticipating one other one might be anticipating an excessive amount of. That stated, this staff ought to really be higher than it was in 2023. So let’s roll it again out, guys!
Giants: Jung Hoo Lee to offer the Giants a transparent id
Whether or not he’s a “star” or not is up for debate, however the Korean star has the kind of sport and persona the considerably nondescript Giants have been in search of.
Padres: The celebrities to be stars
Certain, there’s one much less star right here now that Soto has been traded. However you may positive do loads worse than having Fernando Tatis Jr., Manny Machado and Xander Bogaerts in your staff. These are three MVP candidates. This season will look loads totally different if all of them play prefer it.
Rockies: A wholesome Kris Bryant
It’d be great to see them get a full season from the most important free-agent signing in membership historical past. He’s proven glimpses of his former stardom in Colorado, however by no means for an prolonged interval. No time like the current! (Current, get it?)