The Atlanta Braves have already started it off with a bang, signing 2015 AL MVP Josh Donaldson.
Donaldson has been plagued with injuries for two years now, but when healthy, still provides a solid bat with power and discipline at the plate.
They also brought back former fan favourite Bryan McCann, who will most likely platoon with Tyler Flowers at the catching position.
McCann is no longer the calibre player he once was in his hayday, but leadership is a real thing in sports. The Houston Astros aren’t World Series champs in 2016 without him.
Expect the Braves to look for a front-end starter as well. A name like J.A. Happ initially comes to mind. Happ has been absolutely terrific since his second go-around in Toronto. He’s the perfect #2 pitcher in any rotation.
Meanwhile, the Phillies are ready to go all in after narrowly missing out in the playoffs in 2018. With a rotation consisting of budding superstar Aaron Nola as well as Jake Arrieta, they just need more bats to surround Rhys Hoskins.
Maikel Franco is a nice player, but imagine a Bryce Harper and Manny Machado in the lineup as well.
It’s not out of the realm of possibility, as owner John Middleton has gone on record about being aggressive this winter.
Not only would Philly be NL Central favourites, but instant World Series contenders as well.
The New York Mets are currently 67/1 to win the World Series according to Betway, but that is about change.
They are currently linked to a trade with Seattle involving Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz.
Diaz is the best young closer in baseball, and led the entire MLB in saves this past season with 57.
Cano hit a but of a rut with his PED suspension, but still can get it done hitting wise at age 35.
Jacob DeGrom and Noah Syndergaard already make the Mets just fine when it comes to starting pitching — add an outfielder like AJ Pollock for example, and a Mets team that started 11-1 in 2018 could actually sustain success this time around.
In the NL Central, don’t be surprised if either one of the Braves, Phillies, or Mets win the division in 2019.