In the case of MLB's star players, two important factors determine how they are expected to perform: past success and the value of their contracts.
Both serve to set an expectation for their on-field product. Each year, there are those whose stellar play increases their stardom and others whose poor play brings their status among the game's elite into question.
The 2015 season was no different.
For those star players who disappointed, this year allows them to start anew. A player may have recovered from injury this offseason. Another might have changed teams. Some could have fixed their mechanics.
Regardless, winter allows players to correct the wrongs from the previous year.
The 2016 season will provide redemption for a handful of players who used the offseason as a springboard to bounce back from their disheartening 2015 campaigns.They are poised to have bigger seasons than anyone thinks they will.