The Cubs durability and consistency thrusts them into the top spot overall.
Analysis and Commentary
Even after missing most of 2016, Kyle Schwarber is right up there on the list of the top left fielders in baseball.
It’s everybody’s favorite offseason game! And Joe Maddon throws his hat in the ring.
Wade Davis is closing, but how will the other roles at the back end of the bullpen be sorted out? And for how long?
If you’re the second best player in baseball behind only Mike Trout, you have to be the best third baseman, right?
Even at a loaded position, it’s not hard to argue that Russell stands out among big league shortstops.
The Cubs will be creatively covering center field this year, which doesn’t make for rankings material. Also: Brewers ZiPS are out, Wrigley reno visuals, more.
Very few big league shortstops have done what Russell’s done through age 22.
In his final year before free agency, Jake Arrieta is going to get a huge raise.
Ben Zobrist makes the top ten list, and Javy Baez – well, he’s in a category of his own.
Some think the Cardinals did too little this offseason to close the NL Central gap with the Cubs.
David Ross has retired, which leaves open a very important job: catching Jon Lester.
The Mariners got Jarrod Dyson. The Cubs could maneuver their outfield. The Cardinals have rotation questions.
Sometimes, a guy just deserves a love fest.
A well-rested front of the rotation can provide many benefits down the stretch.