Which team had the craziest offseason in the MLB? Easy answer, the San Diego Padres. The Padres signed and traded for the best outfield in baseball, in my opinion. It consists of Justin Upton, Matt Kemp, and Wil Myers. Those are 3 elite players at their positions and they all share one outfield. Along with these bats being in the lineup, the Padres signed former Kansas City Royals pitcher, James Shields. Shields is great in the regular season since the beginning of the 2010 season. Since then, Shields has averaged a 3.14 ERA and struck out 1634 in 1916.1 innings in the regular season. The 2 most recent additions to the Padres have been Melvin(formerly known as B.J.) Upton and one of the best closers in baseball, Craig Kimbrel. With Nick Vincent and Kimbrel being the 8th and 9th inning guys, if the Padres can win the first 7 innings of the game, they should basically have it in the bag.
So... the Padres are in pretty good shape. But to win their division, they have to beat all of the other teams in it. These teams include the Los Angeles Dodgers and the reigning World Series Champs, the San Francisco Giants... and the Diamondbacks and Rockies, who don't pose much of a threat at all. The Dodgers were favored by many to win it all last year. And you can't blame those people because with Kershaw and Greinke at 1 and 2 in the rotation and Yasiel Puig in the middle of the lineup, it's hard to pick against them. This year, they kept those 3 and acquired Howie Kendrick and Jimmy Rollins to play middle infield, and their first baseman, who used to be considered one of the best in the business seems to be back. Adrian Gonzalez, or as I like to call him, A-Gon, has hit 5 home runs in his first 3 games(against the padres, too.) This is the first time that anyone has ever done this. The Giants also have a tall, skinny, left-handed ace. His name is Madison Bumgarner and he was the MVP of the World Series. He won 3 of the 4 for the Giants and allowed only 1 run in 21 innings in the series. Along with him, San Francisco has the best catcher in the MLB, Buster Posey. However, that's just about all that they have. I won't be surprised if the Giants get 3rd in their division and miss the playoffs.
Therefore, the question is: Dodgers or Padres? It's the MLB, anything is possible. If I had to pick right now, I would say Dodgers, but maybe the Padres will change my opinion... or they could suck like the Yankees, who knows.
-Blake McBride, MHS