For many baseball fans, the MLB offseason is just as important as the regular season and playoffs. The anticipation of where their favorite players will be signing, which teams will be making blockbuster deals, the award winners, which prospects are making news in winter ball—the hot stove league is a big deal.
The term “hot stove” is meant to conjure up images of baseball fans hovering around a hot stove in the middle of the cold winter months, discussing the major transactions occurring that will alter the makeup of their favorite teams.
In essence, wintertime really is a separate league. However, this time it’s a game played between MLB owners and general managers, and the score is all about personnel gains and losses for each team, with players sitting idly by, wondering whether or not they are or will be involved in the process.
The offseason is also a time of GM and managerial changes, as MLB team executives meet to evaluate the performance of their front office staff.
However, the offseason also means that fans and media experts alike will make predictions on what might occur. Polls are set up for fans to consider what certain outcomes might be in terms of hirings, firings, free-agent signings and trades.
With all that mind, we will take a look at the upcoming offseason and make some predictions of our own.
Here, then, are 40 bold predictions of what could occur during the upcoming MLB offseason.
Bear in mind that some of the predictions will be coming directly from my warped mind, but I’ll try to add a few serious ones as well.
It will be left up to you to figure out the real from the ridiculous.