After a long winter of hot stove transactions, Opening Day is just around the corner. For every trade, signing, release, waiver claim and DFA, fans ultimately have just one question about every move: how did this help my team improve? What may be a minor transaction or an under-the-radar signing over the winter could pay huge dividends come October.
The beauty of baseball is that you just never know when “next year” will come. The Rangers, Astros and Cubs had three of the eight worst records in 2014 yet made the postseason in 2015. The Mets and Blue Jays each returned to the playoffs after years of frustration. And, most of all, the Royals firmly erased any doubt that their 2014 AL pennant was a fluke when they broke through for the franchise’s second-ever World Series championship.
The 2016 season will undoubtedly have a lot of surprises, and come October, will the last two teams standing be preseason favorites, or could another unexpected club (or two) rise up to win a pennant? With this in mind, give us your take on which two teams will square off in the World Series. (MLBTR app users can weigh in here for the American League champion and here for the National League champion.)