Early 2017 MLB Team Win Projections

Having a great offsesson despite David Ortiz retiring. Are the deepest all around team in the American League, with the greatest collection of veterans and young players

Having a great offsesson despite David Ortiz retiring. Are the deepest all around team in the American League, with the greatest collection of veterans and young players.  The biggest other move in the Division so far was the Yankees signing Aroldis Chapman, and that may just help the Bombers stay above .500 – and have a chance to compete.

Following the recent Winter Meetings, the new CBA being signed. and then the subsequent few weeks after, the projections are win totals based on the teams if over/unders were to be placed.

From the onset. the Boston Red Sox are the clear favorite in the AL East – with adding Chris Sale, Mitch Moreland, Tyler Thornburg to their ALL – Star cast, while David Ortiz (retired), Travis Shaw (traded) Koji Uehara (Signed with the Cubs), Brad Ziegler (Free Agent) are off the postseason roster that lost to the Tribe.

The players going back to the White Sox were not from the Major League Roster for the most part.

With the Jays having Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Bautista, Michael Saunders. R. A. Dickey, Brett Cecil off the 25 man roster, to replacing with Kendrys Morales and Steve Pearce for the most part as main transactions. this is a far cry from an even trade.  However the club will still likely make some more moves.

Cleveland stands to benefit for the rest of the division all seeming to rebuild. but the Tigers have only dealt Cameron Maybin away – so they are sitting on the cusp of challenging for the AL Central again.  Detroit may want to explore going for it one more year based on what the Royals have done, and the fact the White Sox and Twins might be the worst clubs in the Junior Circuit.

Houston has been super progressive with signing Josh Reddick and Carlos Beltran as Free Agents, while also flipping for Brian McCann.  This was a squad that started 7 – 17,before reeling off a nice 77 – 62 mark down the stretch to fall just short of the playoff bar.

Seattle is also positioning themselves upward just by how bad the Rangers have fared this winter.  Not only that, but they added strength to their worst 2 weaknesses in adding Jean Segura at SS. and Carlos Ruiz as a viable backup Catcher.

People can throw stones on Mike Rizo all they want- but the GM has never lost a trade ever, and he ensured the club reeeived

Washington may have mortgaged a huge part of their future in the Adam Eaton deal – however they are better for 2017 overall.  Still need a Closer,  but with the rest of the Division likely not being in their league – 76 games vs the NL East should have them chasing the Cubs for best record in the MLB.

The reigning champs have peacemealed their Relief Core with former World Series winning Closer’s Wade Davis and Koji Uehara.  St. Louis has addressed their Leadoff and CF enigma – by bringing in Dexter Fowler.  The 2 clubs should be good in the NL Central.  Pittsburgh is choosing to stand pat,  but will need lights out pitching performances across their staff to even better the 2015 record.

The Dodgers are holding steady on status quo, and will spend a 95 cents surcharge on any dollar spent on the orster – having a $236 MIL team salary.  I think the Giants are a little short on offense and Bullpen help.

Colorado has a legit upset shot in the whole Senior Circuit.  Having 4 shortstops in their Infield, and 3 quality Outfielders that are interested in poking around great numbers – could mean this team reels in a winning season for the 1st time since 2010.

All of these projections will change whenever the rosters change daily, but the numbers reflect 2430 wins for all league games, and also an AL win loss record of 163 – 137 (.543) against the National League.

Last Updated: Dec 15, 2016

American League (1228 – 1202)

AL East (421 – 389)

Boston Red Sox 94 – 68

Toronto Blue Jays 87 – 75

NY Yankees 84 – 78

Baltimore Orioles 83 – 79

Tampa Bay Rays 78 – 84

AL Central (398 – 412)

Cleveland Indians 95 – 67

Detroit Tigers 85 – 77

Kansas City Royals 81 – 81

Chicago White Sox 69 – 93

Minnesota Twins 68 – 94

AL West (409 – 401)

Houston Astros 89 – 73

Seattle Mariners 88 – 74

Texas Rangers 81 – 81

LA Angeles 78 – 84

Oakland A’s 73 – 89

National League (1202 – 1228)

NL East (498 – 402)

Washington Nationals 96 – 66

NY Mets 88 – 74

Miami Marlins 75 – 87

Atlanta Braves 75 – 87

Philadelphia 74 – 88

NL Central (400 – 410)

Chicago Cubs 96 – 66

St. Louis Cardinals 89 – 73

Pittsburgh Pirates 81 – 81

Cincinnati Reds 71 – 91

Milwaukee Brewers 63 – 99

AL West (394 – 416)

LA Dodgers 87 – 75

SF Giants 86 – 76

Colorado Rockies 83- 79

Arizona DiamondBacks 77 – 85

San Diego Padres 61 – 101

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