Since beyond the expected NYY, BOS, CLE, HOU there's no big favorites yet. The Twins, Angels and possibly Rangers could be in that same hoping mode, IMO. The Twins might still add that TOR arm and it's odd that there's still 3 available. The off-season isn't really over yet. The Manners with Lynn, Cobb or Arrietta becomes #5 AL favorite the way i see it. Not that I see it happening.
Except that there's all those FA still out there. But looking over the depth of AL teams, who else could jump into the top 6 by adding? I'm seeing a year that has the potential for Oakland to be in the West cellar with a better record than any East or Central team not in the playoffs. There's not likely much competition outside of the West in the AL, even if a few of those FA did go to another AL team.
And I'm going to predict only 1 of the 3 top pitchers sign with an AL team. I guess that would make it only 1 of the top 4 since Darvish already went to the NL.
The Seattle rotation is the only question I've got. 1b will work adequately for our needs at the least. I have some faith in all 3 of the candidates. The defense will be good at least. The bullpen and the offense will be fun to watch far more often than not.
Well, I've got one other question. If the 2012 draft was redone, wouldn't Zunino go in about the same spot? Correa and Buxton went before him and there's a certain Corey Seager who surely would be in a redraft. A year ago I saw a 5 year later redraft that had Diaz (13th)going above Zunino(16th). I don't think that's the case now, nor that he'd drop to 16th as suggested by Christopher Crawford last March either. There's Gausman, Wacha, Stroman, Addison Russell...I don't think any of them seem quite as special as Seager or the 3 who went top 3. So far Buxton's bat hasn't quite gotten there but he's so fun to watch on the bases and in the field. I'd currently have Zunino 4th at worst but think there's a very good chance he settles into exactly 3rd best overall from his class.