In the spirit of Valentine’s Day I wanted to have a little fun with the blog today. It could go two different ways. I could post photos of the so-called hottest looking players in the game or I could pick who I thought was going to have a red-hot season. Picking my top 5 players on looks alone is so specific to my own personal tastes that I didn’t think it benefited anybody but me. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder right? I’ll let you create those lists for yourselves.
Here are my position player predictions for those that are going to crush it in 2018.
Manny Machado has been one of the most mentioned names this off-season who will become a free agent at the end of the season. This 24-year-old third baseman is one of the upcoming free agents that is causing teams like the Dodgers and Yankees to stay under the $197 million luxury tax threshold. I have no doubt Machado is going to put up phenomenal numbers this season to boost his payday on the open market.
Joey Votto finished second in the NL MVP voting behind Giancarlo Stanton and had amazing numbers last season at 33 years old. The problem was he played in Cincinnati and most of us were able to witness what a year he was having. I think Votto is on a mission this year to prove he’s the best even if he does play in Cincy. His numbers will prove it even if the NL Central looks to be one of the toughest divisions to play in.
Giancarlo Stanton will trade Cuban sandwiches for a slice of New York style pizza in the Big Apple this season. His move to New York was one of the biggest surprises of the off-season. He now joins Aaron Judge as the towers of power in the Yankee outfield bringing with him his league leading 59 home runs from last year. Stanton is a player that wants to make an impact on the biggest stage with his new Manager Aaron Boone helping with the transition.
Just follow the Colorado Rockies Twitter page to see what the Arenado hype is all about. This 26-year-old can do anything with his glove or bat. His team made some strong off-season moves strengthening their bullpen which should allow the Rockies to hold on to the lead during home games. This 3 time All Star and 4 time gold glove winner is a seriously good third baseman that can potentially move up in the NL MVP voting.
Hopefully you haven’t already forgotten this Astro from last year’s World Series team. George Springer will be back in Houston’s outfield along with Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa. Springer avoided arbitration this off-season with the Astros agreeing to a 2 year, 24 million dollar contract. I think Springer improves his offensive numbers and possibly adds another Silver Slugger award to his collection.
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