The once sub par and unexciting NL West has regained their swagger with the San Francisco Giants winning two World Series championships in three years.
Newly crowned NL MVP, Buster Posey, and perennial Cy Young nominee, Matt Cain, lead an exuberant and extremely talented SF Giants team into the 2013 season. Also, with Aubrey Huff and Aaron Rowand’s incredibly inflated contracts finally off the payroll, the Giants have some extra spending money to play around with.
Though they have the glory and ultimate trump-card, the other NL West teams aren’t trying to get left in the dust. As we saw last July, the Dodgers made a huge gamble at the trade deadline and proved their pockets are seemingly endless. Though landing Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Hanley Ramirez and Shane Victorino didn’t help them achieve the ultimate goal, don’t think they’ll rest on their laurels and be out of contention this year.
The Padres are also a team I feel will surprise a lot of people this year and are in the hunt for big-name players to go with their slew of highly-touted prospects. Also, with a new ownership group in place, they may have deeper pockets and be more willing to make big moves than past Padre teams.
Justin Upton tops the list of potential big-name players on the trading block. Depending what the Diamondbacks are looking for in return, they could be a dark horse team this upcoming season.
Sorry Rockies fans, I can’t think of any way to spin plausible offseason moves that help you regain your form.