FOH MLB Predictions – National League


By Cal Meacham and Coach Ryan,

Last Tuesday we brought you our AL picks where we both agreed that the Tigers are the team to beat in the American League, but what of the dominant National League. Keep in mind the American League hasn’t won back to back World Series Championships since 2004 & 2005. As a matter of fact the NL has won 3 out of the last 4 World Series with the cream of the NL crop being the Cardinals who have have been to four Fall Classics since 2004, winning two.

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National League Central Offseason Moves

Cubs dump perennial headache Milton Bradley.

Post By – Pigpen

We continue our review of offseason moves (so far) with a look at the NL Central.  Transaction lists courtesy of the fantastic MLB Trade Rumors.


  • Acquired/Re-signed: John Grabow, Ryne White, Scott Maine, Jeff Gray, Matthew Spencer, Ronny Morla, Mike Parisi, Carlos Silva, Marlon Byrd
  • Lost: Rich Harden, Aaron Heilman, Aaron Miles, Jake Fox, Milton Bradley

The Cubs’ biggest signing this offseason has been Marlon Byrd.  Presumptively pushed for by newly-hired hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo, the Cubs have to hope this works out better than the last time they signed an outfielder from Texas.  Some call Byrd “the epitome of an average player,” I tend to agree more with Keith Law’s take that Byrd is “nice fourth outfielder who could play every day on a non-contender.”

Milton Bradley for Carlos Silva has been the most discussed move, and has described in a number of colorful ways: MLB’s White Elephant deal, something that makes no sense for the Cubs, good riddance to a million dollar pain in the ass, or, my favorite, a deal in which “we all lose.”  The Cubs were desperate to get rid of Bradley, who can’t get along with anybody, and last year, couldn’t hit, the one thing he’s always been able to do (when healthy), while the Mariners saw an opportunity to buy low while getting rid of Silva’s albatross of a contract.

Regardless of what you call it, it is clear that these teams both felt the players would be better off in a new situation.

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