Kershaw is a three-time Cy Young Award winner who has already cemented his place as a first-ballot Hall of Famer. But he experienced something of a career renaissance during the shortened 2020 season, tapping back into some lost velocity to finish the regular season with a 2.16 ERA, 62 strikeouts and only eight walks in 58 1/3 innings.
"Nick's the kind of guy that you can trust in any situation. ... I bet you if there was a situation where Nick knew the kind of pitcher and where the pitch might be, he could take a shot and hit a home run. But that’s not his game.
Billy Preston’s 1974 hit “Nothing From Nothing” is eerily similar to the Lakers’ plight, as everything minus AD equals nothing, and ya gotta have something, or so the song goes.
Once you get past the missing faces of Francisco Lindor, Carlos Santana and Carlos Carrasco, the focus will turn to young players with something to prove. Was Zach Plesac's off-the-charts 2020 an indicator of a full-season breakout? Is Triston McKenzie the next rotation star? Can Oscar Mercado (.128 in 2020) run with the center-field job? Will Bobby Bradley or Jake Bauers win the first-base job? If Andres Gimenez is the starting shortstop, what do you do with Amed Rosario?Milwaukee Brewers face coverings
These guys weren’t free. If all of Kintzler, Rondon, Watson and Joyce make the team, it would add $9-10 million to the Phils’ already high payroll.Los Angeles Dodgers face coverings
Soto’s emergence as an MVP-caliber hitter and important voice in the clubhouse bears responsibility. It prompts added pressure amid higher expectations as the team leans on him more and more.Minnesota Twins face coverings
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LF Jorge Ona (13) got a big league look in 2020 and probably fits best as a role/platoon player going forward. He can passably play all three outfield spots and has plus right-handed raw power, but is limited by his bat control/plate coverage. 2B Eguy Rosario (15) was passed over in the Rule 5 draft but could become a big league contributor with his solid contact skills, enough raw power to run into 15 homers, and solid defense.Colorado Rockies face coverings