After a rough season in 2014 the Dbacks are looking to bounce back this season. Arizona made a couple of big signings on the international market, most notably Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas. The Diamondbacks are looking for Tomas to put together a big season and hopefully revitalize the franchise.
For all of the talk of the team looking to move Carlos Gonzalez and/or Troy Tulowitzki, the Rockies remained very quiet this offseason. Their biggest move was the hire of new GM Jeff Bridich, who is tasked to build a winning ball club in the suddenly competitive NL West. They return a potent offense, but health and the starting rotation are major concerns.
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San Diego Padres
What didn’t the Padres do this offseason? First-year GM A.J. Preller has completely revamped the club, acquiring Matt Kemp, Will Middlebrooks, Wil Myers, Derek Norris and Justin Upton. Their pitching still remains strong, and the new-look Padres will aim to knock Los Angeles and San Francisco from atop the division.
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Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers had a busy and productive offseason. They traded away Matt Kemp, Dee Gordon, and lost Hanley Ramirez to free agency. Yet, this team still might have improved with the additions of Howie Kendrick, Brandon McCarthy, Jimmy Rollins and Yasmani Grandal. The dodgers’ pitching is still stacked and their defense has vastly improved in 2015.
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San Francisco Giants
The Giants had a quiet offseason missing out on some big name guys like Lester and being unable to re-sign one of their own in Pablo Sandoval. They did manage to trade for Casey McGehee who will be their starting third-baseman. They also signed Nori Aoki to play left field. So while many may be counting the Giants out, the Giants have everyone just want their want them: Under the radar once again.
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Who will win the NL West?
The Los Angeles Dodgers are in prime position to repeat as NL West champs. Yes, the Padres got better, but not good enough to take over Los Angeles. The Dodgers still have someone by the name of Clayton Kershaw. And with a better defense behind him we may be seeing even better number out of the reigning Cy-Young award winner. It won’t be an easy road but ultimately the Dodgers will repeat as NL West champs.