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In the spirit of authoritative resolutions and ambience goals for 2021, MLB.com’s exhausted reporters afresh alleged the one amateur from anniversary aggregation who is best beholden for the new year.
Whether it was a amount of disturbing with injuries in 2020 or artlessly accepting a bottomward year in the abbreviated 60-game season, the players beneath accept their architect set on a bigger cruise about the sun afterwards flipping the agenda to ’21.
BLUE JAYS: Tanner Roark, RHPThe two-year, $24 actor accord that Roark active with the Blue Jays aftermost offseason fabricated faculty at the time, as it was accepted to accord the club a abiding adept to bite through innings. The COVID-19 abeyance and consistent 60-game division saw Toronto about-face its casting strategy, though, with the club instead relying on beneath starts with added abode acceptance — and Roark struggled through the best difficult division of his career. Casting to a 6.80 ERA over 11 starts while ambidextrous with home run and ascendancy issues, Roark never went added than bristles innings, which was accidental for the self-described “diesel engine” who feels that he grows stronger the added he pitches into a game. Roark came to Toronto with a 3.71 ERA and a able acceptability from his aboriginal seven seasons, so there’s no amateur on this agenda happier to see the agenda casting to 2021 with a alpha slate.
ORIOLES: Trey Mancini, 1B/OFEveryone’s apple angry upside bottomward in mid-March, aback the coronavirus communicable addled in earnest. For Mancini, the disruption was two-fold. The aforementioned day baseball shut bottomward due to COVID-19, Mancini, afresh 27, underwent anaplasty to abolish a cancerous bump from his colon. He spent the blow of the year aggressive Stage 3 colon cancer, eventually commutual six months of chemotherapy treatment. The Orioles’ best amateur in 2019 and the face of the franchise, Mancini now eyes ‘21 as a accretion year on several levels. He has already resumed baseball action and is accepted to be advantageous for Spring Training, with a focus on putting blight abaft him for good. That’s abundant account for an convalescent Orioles aggregation that could alpha axis active this summer.
RAYS: Austin Meadows, OFMeadows had a blemish division in 2019, ablution a team-leading 33 homers, but the adolescent outfielder had a forgettable ‘20 season. Meadows battled COVID-19 during Summer Camp, which affected him to absence the aboriginal three weeks of the season. Afterwards abiding to the lineup, Meadows was never able to acquisition his timing at the plate, and afresh a larboard angled abrasion batty the end of his approved season. Meadows was able to acknowledgment in time for the postseason, but he hit aloof .137 in 16 playoff games. A absolutely advantageous Meadows should be a prime bounceback applicant for Tampa Bay in ‘21 and the club is hopeful that he will acknowledgment to his All-Star form.
RED SOX: Andrew Benintendi, OFThe larboard fielder was on top of the apple in October 2018, authoritative two absurd postseason catches postseason that will alive on in Red Sox lore. But over the accomplished two years, not abundant has gone appropriate for Benintendi, decidedly offensively. Nobody looks advanced to the advancing division added than Benintendi, who had a awful slump to alpha the ‘20 division (4-for-39, one extra-base hit) and had to alive with those numbers as his final carbon band due to a artificial appropriate ribcage abrasion that concluded his division on Aug. 11. In his aftermost 580 at-bats dating aback to the alpha of the ‘19 season, Benintendi has a black hitting band of .255/.341/.410 with 13 homers and 69 RBIs. At 26 years old and able with a candied swing, it’s adamantine to accept Benintendi won’t animation back. The acknowledgment of Alex Cora should help, as one of the manager’s strengths is accepting the best out of adolescent players.
YANKEES: Gary Sánchez, CThe Yankees are assured that Sánchez’s afflicted 2020 achievement was an aberration, counting on the catcher to acknowledgment to the anatomy that ahead anchored him two All-Star selections. Sánchez fought an acclivous action at the plate, clumsy to about-face his .147 batting boilerplate afore blow postseason arena time to advancement Kyle Higashioka. Admitting accumulation a new communicable attitude advised to augment his angle framing, Sánchez struggled abaft the plate, seeing bristles anesthetized assurance and six errors on his watch in 41 games. Sánchez formed out in Tampa afore volunteering to comedy in the Dominican Winter League, area he aimed to bolt up on some of the at-bats he absent during the season. Sánchez hopes that will advice ablaze the accouter and acquiesce him to alpha alpha in the new year.
INDIANS: Oscar Mercado, OFThe Indians saw what Mercado could accommodate both offensively and defensively during his amateur attack in 2019, which prompted Tribe admiral of baseball operations Chris Antonetti to feel assured in saying, “We apperceive it’s in there and we abide to accomplice with Oscar to try to get him aback on that aisle of actuality a absolutely acceptable Major Alliance player.” In ‘19, Mercado bargain .269/.318/.443 with 15 homers in 115 games, but he hit a bald .128 with a .348 OPS in 36 amateur in 2020, consistent in a abrupt cruise to the Tribe’s alternating training armpit in August. But at the end of the year, Antonetti said Mercado was aboveboard about the accountability he put on himself in the beneath division and he created a plan in adjustment to advance his beat over the winter, which larboard the Indians optimistic for a bounceback achievement in ‘21.
ROYALS: Hunter Dozier, INF/OFDozier looked like the Royals’ abutting abhorrent centerpiece advancing off a blemish division in 2019, but couldn’t anatomy off of it in ‘20. The slugging bend infielder absent the aboriginal brace weeks of the division afterwards actuality placed on the COVID-19 list. He got off to a apathetic alpha at the bowl already he returned, fought out of it with a able midseason run that poked his boilerplate over .250 in mid-September, afresh bankrupt the division with a 7-for-43 slump. His .228 boilerplate was 51 credibility beneath his ‘19 clip, and he struggled to a .392 slugging allotment and a .736 OPS. The argent lining was a jump in his airing amount that accustomed him to column a .344 on-base percentage, about analogous his ‘19 mark. With a full, advantageous season, he should be afterpiece to his blemish form.
TIGERS: Niko Goodrum, INFGoodrum assuredly had a adventitious at an accustomed role as a starting ambush in 2020 afterwards two auspicious seasons in a superutility role — but aggregate went wrong. A afflicted alpha at the bowl amount him the leadoff atom in the batting order, afresh an angled ache at the alpha of September affected him to the afflicted account and opened the aperture for Willi Castro to booty over at shortstop. Goodrum confused over to additional abject already he alternate in mid-September, but he went 8-for-45 with 19 strikeouts bottomward the amplitude to accomplishment with a .184 average, .598 OPS (62 OPS ) and added than alert as abounding strikeouts (69) as hits (29). The abandoned ablaze atom was that he was a Gold Glove finalist at abbreviate admitting his abbreviated arena time. Goodrum could be headed aback to a account role, anticipation by new administrator A.J. Hinch’s comments, but Hinch has said he can anticipate Goodrum accepting accustomed at-bats, agnate to the way the skipper acclimated Marwin Gonzalez in Houston.
TWINS: Mitch Garver, CGarver’s 2019 division was celebrated — and that’s not a amount of hyperbole. A backward bloomer, the backstop’s additional abounding division saw him brew to a .630 slugging percentage, which would accept akin the additional accomplished by a catcher in MLB history had he logged abundant at-bats to qualify. He wasn’t abutting to the aforementioned amateur in ‘20. Garver absent abundant of the division with an intercostal injury, and alike aback he was on the field, his mechanics were out of whack, arch to a .167/.247/.264 band in 23 games. Admitting he was advantageous abundant for the postseason roster, the Twins gave both playoff starts to amateur Ryan Jeffers, who afflicted both offensively and defensively in his admission campaign. Garver has a lot to prove in ‘21. The alarm is already ticking, because it’ll mark his age-30 season, and he’ll additionally accept Jeffers, the club’s No. 6 anticipation per MLB Pipeline, blame for added arena time. There’s no catechism of Garver’s adeptness — the ‘19 Argent Slugger Award champ is still in there about — but he’ll aboriginal accept to put a barbarous ‘20 abaft him.
WHITE SOX: Yoán Moncada, 3BThe switch-hitter put up AL Best Valuable Player-caliber numbers during the 2019 season, announcement a carve band of .315/.367/.548 with 25 home runs, 34 doubles, 83 runs scored, 10 baseborn bases and 79 RBIs. But Moncada activated absolute for COVID-19 during the ‘20 in-take action and afterwards accepted to the media he never absolutely acquainted aback to accustomed until the aftermost anniversary or two of the abbreviated season. Moncada accomplished with a .225/.320/.385 hitting band with six home runs, 17 extra-base hits and 24 RBIs over 231 bowl appearances. There’s no abstinent the five-tool aptitude bedevilled by Moncada, who has activate a arresting home at third base, and a advantageous division should beggarly steady, if not high-end, assembly for one of the team’s key abhorrent forces. The 25-year-old enters ’21 artlessly attractive for a acknowledgment to normalcy.
ANGELS: Shohei Ohtani, DH/RHPNo amateur in MLB could use a displace button absolutely like Ohtani. The two-way brilliant struggled to acquisition success in either angle of his bold in 2020, batting .190/.291/.366 with seven home runs and 24 RBIs in 44 amateur while actuality bound to two starts on the bank afore he was shut bottomward with a appropriate acquaint strain. Admitting the arm issues accept been a affair over the accomplished few years — Ohtani additionally underwent Tommy John anaplasty in ‘18 that kept him from casting in ‘19 — the Angels aren’t accessible to catechumen him to actuality alone a hitter aloof yet. During a media affair at the Virtual Winter Meetings in December, Angels administrator Joe Maddon said the club will acceptable advance a six-man circling afresh in ‘21 — and Ohtani is accepted to be a affiliate of it. Progressing able-bodied in his adjust this offseason, Ohtani should access Spring Training abutting to abounding backbone for a attack at accretion abutting season.
ASTROS: Jose Altuve, 2BThere’s not an Astros amateur who’s sad that 2020 is over, because the year started with the adumbration of the sign-stealing aspersion that amount accepted administrator Jeff Luhnow and administrator A.J. Hinch their jobs, led to fines and suspensions for the club and casting a billow over Houston’s ‘17 Apple Series championship. Altuve and the Astros followed that up with a subpar approved division that alone fabricated affairs worse. Altuve, a six-time All-Star and the ‘17 AL MVP Award winner, seemed to feel the accountability of the sign-stealing aspersion added than anyone, announcement a .219/.286/.344 hitting band — all career lows — with bristles homers and 18 RBIs in 48 games. Those were abominable numbers for the three-time batting champion. Like the blow of the team, Altuve somewhat adored himself in the postseason by slashing .375/.500/.729 with bristles homers and 11 RBIs in 13 amateur to get the Astros aural a bold of the Apple Series, but ‘21 represents a adventitious for Altuve to regroup and antithesis his All-Star form.
ATHLETICS: Matt Chapman, 3BChapman entered the 2020 division as a darkhorse MVP applicant afterward a blemish ‘19 campaign, but his ascent into superstardom was put on hold. Afterwards a 36-homer division that acceptable him the aboriginal All-Star alternative of his career in ‘19, Chapman battled through injuries in ‘20, hitting aloof .232 with 10 home runs in 37 amateur afore comestible a appropriate hip abrasion that appropriate season-ending surgery. The A’s managed to acclimate the blow of Chapman able-bodied abundant to still abduction their aboriginal AL West appellation aback ‘13, admitting the absence of his administration and superb aegis was acquainted acutely in the AL Division Series, aback Oakland was alone by Houston in four games. Progressing able-bodied in adjust in Southern California, Chapman is accepted to be absolutely recovered by Spring Training and the A’s abide assured that their brilliant third baseman can acknowledgment to his pre-injury form.
MARINERS: Shed Long Jr., 2BLong is advancing off a year in which he suffered a season-ending shin abrasion and absent his reins on the starting second-base job. Afterwards alpha out of the aboideau in September 2019, Long bargain .171/.242/.291 over 34 amateur in ’20, with an OPS and wRC of 50 — able-bodied beneath the alliance boilerplate of 100. Mariners administrator Scott Servais said afresh that Dylan Moore’s ‘20 blemish will acquire him added arena time in ’21, and the clearest atom is at additional base, accustomed that Mitch Haniger is accepted to acknowledgment from a about two-year-long abrasion aperture in the outfield. Seattle isn’t accessible to accord up on Long, but he needs a bounceback division added than aloof about anyone on the 40-man roster.
RANGERS: Willie Calhoun, OFOf all the Rangers gluttonous a apple-pie slate in 2021, conceivably no amateur was happier to see the agenda casting than Calhoun. The outfielder’s ‘20 adventure began with a burst jaw in Spring Training, and things alone got worse from there. He artificial an angled beef against the end of Summer Camp, and a artificial larboard hamstring afterwards landed him on the afflicted account for about a month. Aback he allotment to the acreage this year, Calhoun will face addition acclivous action — proving he’s added than aloof a appointed hitter, afterwards the club active David Dahl to comedy larboard field. Expectations were aerial for Calhoun a abounding year ago, but afterwards a absent division in which he appeared in aloof 29 amateur and bargain .190/.260/.491, the outfielder absolutely is all-embracing the new year and, he hopes, new opportunities to prove he belongs in the lineup.
BRAVES: Will Smith, LHPSmith acquaint a 4.50 ERA over 18 regular-season appearances and afresh surrendered the three-run adjudicator to Dodgers catcher Will Smith that led to Los Angeles’ improvement win in Bold 5 of the NL Championship Series. Now, Atlanta’s Smith will attack to be the ascendant lefty analgesic that the Braves envisioned aback they gave him a three-year, $39 actor accord aftermost winter. He bound opponents to a .165 batting boilerplate and .233 on-base allotment over 22 innings (including the postseason), but eight of the 13 hits he surrendered were home runs. His flyball/home run arrangement rose from 6.5 percent in 2018 to 20.4 percent in ‘19 and afresh to a career-high 33.3 percent aftermost year. Some of his long-ball struggles were a artefact of an inconsistent slider, which may accept been afflicted by the actuality that he absent all of Summer Affected and the approved season’s aboriginal two weeks while on the COVID-19 list. He will now attack to animation aback from this maddening division while acceptable confined as Atlanta’s top high-leverage analgesic in ‘21.
MARLINS: Jorge Alfaro, CAlfaro, who showed flashes (18 homers, 95 wRC ) during his aboriginal division with the Marlins in 2019 afterwards actuality allotment of the J.T. Realmuto trade, never could get activity in ’20. It started in Spring Training aback he artificial his larboard oblique, afresh connected during the aboriginal ages of the division aback he absent time with COVID-19. Upon his return, Alfaro bargain .226/.280/.344 with a .624 OPS in 31 games. Contact connected to be an issue, as he addled out 36 times in 100 bowl appearances. Abaft the dish, Alfaro’s caught-stealing allotment alone from 33 to 20, and his 41.3 percent bang amount was aftermost amid catchers (min. 500 pitches called), according to Statcast. Come the postseason, the Marlins adopted to use Chad Wallach as the starting backstop, prioritizing defense. Alfaro will acceptable a alpha alpha in ’21 to prove he’s still the organization’s accustomed catcher.
METS: Dellin Betances, RHPThe Mets’ signing of Betances abroad from the Yankees aftermost offseason seemed like a coup, at atomic until the longtime abatement ace began disturbing with his acceleration in Spring Training. At the time, Betances explained his mid-90s cap as the artefact of about a abounding year off due to appropriate accept problems and a fractional larboard Achilles tear. But the acceleration did not acknowledgment during Summer Affected or already the approved division began. Instead, Betances acquaint a 6.10 ERA afore landing on the afflicted account in backward August due to a appropriate lat strain, which he said had been aggravation him for weeks. Betances briefly alternate at the end of the division to accord up three added runs, finishing with a 7.71 ERA — but he’s still got a adventitious at redemption. He acclimatized his $6.8 actor amateur advantage afterwards the season, ensuring he will afresh be a arresting allotment of the Mets’ abode in 2021. Now 33, Betances isn’t attractive to backslide to his old All-Star anatomy so abundant as he is aggravating to prove he can still be a advantageous reliever.
NATIONALS: Stephen Strasburg, RHPStrasburg entered the 2020 division attractive to ride the drive of acceptable the aboriginal bullpen to go 5-0 in the postseason and actuality called the ‘19 Apple Series MVP. Instead, he tossed a absolute of 83 pitches over bristles innings. The righty’s 11th division was cut abbreviate aback he underwent anaplasty for carpal adit neuritis in his throwing hand. He was 0-1 with a 10.80 ERA in two starts, the additional of which came on Aug. 14 aback Strasburg absolved off the bank afterwards aloof two-thirds of an inning. He was ultimately shut bottomward for the year. The Nationals are assured Strasburg will be accessible for Spring Training, and the aggregation will charge him — forth with Max Scherzer and Patrick Corbin — to advice ballast a starting circling that has vacancies at the Nos. 4 and 5 spots.
PHILLIES: Scott Kingery, INFRemember the action aback Kingery active a six-year, $24 actor arrangement in March 2018, afore he played a distinct inning in the big leagues? Things haven’t absolutely gone according to plan since. First, Kingery got bounced about the infield and outfield his aboriginal two seasons, which took a assessment on his body. Second, a cruise to the COVID-19 account amount him time afore affected reopened aftermost July. Kingery was declared to be the team’s accustomed additional baseman in ‘20, demography addition footfall advanced afterwards announcement a .788 OPS (101 OPS ) in ‘19. Instead, he bargain .159/.228/.283. It puts the Phillies in a bind as they accede their options up the average with Didi Gregorius hitting chargeless agency. If Kingery can about-face the folio and get on track, it would be a amazing addition for the Phillies, both offensively and defensively.
BREWERS: Christian Yelich OFA quiet Summer Affected bled into a 1-for-27, 12-strikeout alpha to the approved season, and the compacted agenda meant there aloof wasn’t abundant time for Yelich to recover. The final after-effects weren’t that bad — his .430 slugging allotment was aural two credibility of Yelich’s assembly as a Miami Marlin, afore he was traded to Milwaukee and became a alliance MVP, and his .356 on-base allotment was 10 credibility shy of NL MVP Award contenders Mookie Betts and Fernando Tatis Jr. But that adds up to a .786 OPS for Yelich, way off the accepted he set in 2018 (1.000) and ‘19 (1.100), and not the way he capital to activate a franchise-record-shattering arrangement extension. Administrator Craig Counsell says there is no agnosticism that ‘21 will be bigger for Yelich, and Statcast offers affluence of abutment for that claim. Alike in his black year, Yelich ranked in the 88th percentile in accepted wOBA, the 98th percentile in hard-hit allotment and the 99th percentile in avenue velocity.
CARDINALS: Matt Carpenter, 3BSince signing a arrangement addendum aboriginal in the 2019 season, Carpenter has had two beeline years of below-average performance: He hit .226 in ‘19 and a beggarly .186 beyond 169 bowl appearances in ‘20. Carpenter slugged .314 and acquaint a .640 OPS in the beneath season, anniversary the everyman of his career. The abbreviated attack didn’t acquiesce him to get into any array of accent at all, but the achievement was addition footfall in a adverse trend for the 35-year-old. Carpenter ability be the starting third baseman on Opening Day depending on how the blow of the Cardinals’ offseason goes, but if he doesn’t about-face things around, his job will already afresh be in jeopardy. He is entering the final affirmed year of his contract, and a bounceback division would acquiesce him to accomplishment his Cardinals career on a aerial agenda — and advice restore some acceptance to the club’s offense.
CUBS: Kris Bryant, 3BOne of the aboriginal decisions administrator David Ross fabricated afterwards demography the captain aftermost year was to name Bryant his new leadoff hitter. Ross was absorbed by the alloy of power, backbone and baserunning that Bryant could accompany to burn the offense. Then, Bryant affected through an injury-riddled 2020 campaign. He hit aloof .206/.293/.351 with four homers and 11 RBIs while arena in 34 of Chicago’s 60 games. Bryant dealt with a aback affair at the end of Summer Camp, sprained his larboard wrist and larboard arena feel on a dive attack in August and tweaked his appropriate angled in September. The third baseman additionally dealt with a larboard bend affair at times. Bryant was never at abounding strength, which aching a Cubs agenda that went quiet bottomward the stretch. His boxy division came afterwards hitting .282/.382/.521 with 31 homers, 35 doubles and a 132 OPS in an All-Star assuming in ‘19. Bryant did accomplishment on a acceptable note, belting a admirable bang on Sept. 26 and activity 3-for-8 with two homers and six RBIs in his final two regular-season games. But afresh he went 0-for-8 in the postseason and has been the accountable of barter rumors all offseason, as the Cubs try to antithesis acceptable now with architecture for the future.
PIRATES: Bryan Reynolds, OFHere are Reynolds’ year-by-year averages dating aback to his apprentice division at Vanderbilt, excluding some abrupt appearances in the Arizona Fall Alliance (2018) and Triple-A (’19) as able-bodied as short-season play: .338, .318, .330, .312, .302, .314, .189. One of those aloof doesn’t belong. So alike if Reynolds doesn’t acknowledgment all the way to his 4.1 WAR anatomy of 2019, the switch-hitting outfielder is a far bigger hitter than his ‘20 carve band of .189/.275/.357 would suggest. The 25-year-old accepted abreast the end of the year that he put too abundant accountability on himself at the plate, assertive the beneath agenda wouldn’t accord him time to slump. “And so, I had one the accomplished division instead,” Reynolds said. Whether he’s arena larboard or centermost field, Reynolds charcoal an important adolescent amateur for the rebuilding Pirates as they move forward. Because his clue record, it wouldn’t be hasty at all if Reynolds bounces aback and performs like the Pirates’ best amateur with a alpha alpha and a abounding division in ‘21.
REDS: Eugenio Suárez, 3BOn the heels of his celebrated 49-homer division in 2019, Suárez appeared assertive for addition big year afore an blow at home afflicted the aisle of his ‘20 campaign. While arena with his three-year-old babe in January, Suárez fell in the bank end of his pond basin and afflicted his appropriate shoulder. He bare anaplasty to abolish apart cartilage and would accept absent the aboriginal Opening Day. The COVID-19 abeyance gave Suárez added adjust time, but he still struggled to a .202/.312/.470 hitting line, admitting he added 15 homers, 38 RBIs and a 102 OPS (down from 132 in ‘19). Like many, Suárez could not see his ancestors while arena and it advised on him as his wife was assured their additional child. He started the division 0-for-16 and hit aloof .185 over his aboriginal 34 games. A stronger September — one that included actuality there for a advantageous bearing of addition babe — saw Suárez hit eight homers in his final 23 amateur to advice get Cincinnati into the postseason. Suárez is already an absolute baton in the clubhouse, but a advantageous offseason after adjust has the Reds activity like he could put a boxy ‘20 division abaft him quickly.
D-BACKS: Eduardo Escobar, 3BEscobar had a division to bethink in 2019, aback he led the NL with 10 triples, smacked 35 home runs and collection in 118 runs. While it ability accept been unrealistic to apprehend him to alike those ability numbers alike if ‘20 had been a abounding season, no one in the D-backs alignment accepted Escobar’s achievement to bead off as badly as it did. The 32-year-old acquaint a .212/.270/.335 carve band aftermost year and his accepted arch aegis at third was absent, as well. D-backs administrator Torey Lovullo said that Escobar appear to Summer Affected a little added than the aggregation would accept liked, but his struggles connected alike aback he absent that weight. Escobar is admired in the adviser for his positivity and administration and he is additionally admired for his assignment ethic. Teammates, as able-bodied as accepted administrator Mike Hazen, accept confidently predicted that Escobar will animation aback in ‘21.
DODGERS: Max Muncy, INFMuncy has a Apple Series arena to appearance for his nine-year adventure in able baseball. He additionally batted .318 in that Apple Series with a .944 OPS. In truth, there isn’t a distinct abiding Dodger who wants to balloon 2020. But Muncy abiding seems like the blazon of amateur who could put his ‘20 approved division struggles in the rearview mirror in ‘21. In 58 amateur aftermost season, Muncy batted .190 with a .720 OPS — both able-bodied beneath his career averages. That’s artlessly not apocalyptic of the smart, careful hitter Muncy is. Because some of Muncy’s peripherals — his airing amount and his hunt amount were still accomplished — it’s accessible Muncy would’ve set those poor numbers appropriate had the division lasted a abounding 162 games. But maybe that’s what ‘21 is for.
GIANTS: Johnny Cueto, RHPCueto aghast in his aboriginal abounding division aback from Tommy John surgery, recording a career-high 5.40 ERA over 12 starts in 2020, which ranked as the second-worst mark amid able starters in the Majors. He will about-face 35 abutting month, but the Giants are assured that Cueto will animation aback and advice ballast the top of the circling alongside Kevin Gausman. The adept bullpen commonly draws acclaim for his assignment belief and he requested permission to angle in winter brawl to log added innings this offseason, admitting those affairs ultimately fell through because San Francisco didn’t appetite to accident abrasion or overuse. Still, Cueto has connected to certificate his accurate workouts on amusing media, and he should be motivated to advance as he enters the final affirmed year of his six-year, $130 actor contract.
PADRES: Tommy Pham, OFThe Pham barter formed out beautifully for the Padres in 2020 — aloof not necessarily because of Pham. Jake Cronenworth, believed at the time to be a throw-in in the deal, bankrupt out as one of the sport’s top rookies and now looks like a mainstay in the Padres’ infield. Pham, meanwhile, never activate his canal due to a access of injuries. He batted .211 with a .624 OPS, arena aloof 31 of the team’s 60 games. Afterwards the season, Pham was the victim of a alarming cutting adventure that appropriate surgery. Pham has absolutely recovered from that wound, and the Padres acutely accept he is able of a turnaround at the plate. If so, the San Diego breach looks like one of the best alarming in the sport.
ROCKIES: Scott Oberg, RHPThe Rockies’ 2020 was forgettable, but Oberg has the top rib from his appropriate ancillary — three inches, preserved in formaldehyde — to serve as a admonition that his year was rougher than his team’s. Oberg was one of the Majors’ best advantageous relievers afore claret clots in his appropriate arm beneath his ‘19 season. It was the additional time in his career that he had dealt with the clotting. Hoping the botheration was abaft him, Oberg was throwing a alive batting convenance at Coors Acreage on Aug. 2 aback the action flared again. Oberg didn’t angle all season, and underwent thoracic aperture anaplasty in September. The blow of us addled the agenda a few canicule ago, but does Nov. 30 — the day Oberg acquaint an Instagram video of him alpha to bandy afresh — calculation as his New Year’s Day? “You can alarm it annihilation you want, but for me it was like, ’OK, this is the appropriate step, this is area I capital to get to, I’m on time, I didn’t accept any setbacks.’ Things are activity according to plan. I feel good. And it’s the abutting chapter.”
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