The Baltimore Orioles finished the 2020 season 25-35, one game ahead of the Boston Red Sox for last place in the American League East. Although the season wasn’t great, it was certainly a step forward for the O’s after losing over 100 games the last two seasons. What do they need to do to push the rebuild along?
The Milwaukee Brewers made it to October this season with a 29-31 record. They were promptly swept in two games by the eventual champion Los Angeles Dodgers. They should easily be in the playoff conversation again with a few strategic signings.
The Detroit Tigers finished the 2020 season 23-35 and in last place in the tough American League Central. They will have the third pick in next year’s draft behind the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Texas Rangers as they continue the rebuild. What can the Tigers do to be competitive in their division as well as the AL in general?
The upstart Chicago White Sox made the playoffs for the first time since 2008. Unfortunately for the young squad, they lost in the best-of-three opening series to the Oakland Athletics. However, they did show baseball what they are capable of and put the league on notice that they aren’t going away any time soon.
The Minnesota Twins ran their postseason losing streak to 18 games after getting swept in the three-game opening series this year against the Houston Astros. What do the Twins need to do this offseason to get themselves a win in October?
It’s been 19 seasons without playoff baseball for the Seattle Mariners. The “Mad Trader” Jerry Dipoto will be entering his sixth offseason as General Manager of the Mariners. What moves do they need to make to finally end the drought?
Only four seasons removed from their historic 2016 World Series championship, Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer find themselves at a crossroads as the core of their title team heads into their free agency walk seasons. Led by Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, and Anthony Rizzo, the key offensive components of the Cubs roster that ended the franchise’s 108-year championship drought are looking at big contracts at the conclusion of next season.
The 2020 season for the Toronto Blue Jays started with uncertainties on where the team would play their home games and ended with a playoff series loss against the eventual American League champions. The debate in Toronto after the team’s short appearance in the expanded postseason: If this season were played under normal circumstances, would the Blue Jays have been a playoff team?
The New York Yankees had another disappointing early-round exit to finish off their 2020 season. This time around it was by the hands of their bitter American League East rivals Tampa Bay Rays in the Division Series.
The Cleveland Indians finished the 2020 season with a 35-25 record, which was good for second in the AL Central. They secured the 4th seed in the American League playoffs but were promptly swept in the Covid-19 wild-card format by the New York Yankees.
The Los Angeles Angels finished the 2020 regular season with their fifth consecutive losing season and sixth straight year without reaching the postseason. Owner Arte Moreno wasted no time making changes by announcing the team had relieved general manager, Billy Eppler, of his duties following the final regular game of the season.
At the beginning of the 2020 season, the Houston Astros expected to win their fourth-straight American League West crown. However, a myriad of injuries saw them limp into the postseason (barely) with a 29-31 regular-season record. When the playoffs began, the baseball world was ready to throw dirt on them and bury their scandalous year for good.