Happy Friday, LGT! The anticipation for Spring Training is mounting, so let's take a look at what's going on around baseball:
Tribe news & notes
Are expectations for Francisco Lindor too high? (video) | Cleveland.com - Francisco Lindor finished his first partial season in the majors with being voted second in the AL Rookie of the Year voting, and people are expecting more great things in 2016. Paul Hoynes calls in with his thoughts on why the Indians are handling Lindor well and what to expect from him in the upcoming season.
Indians have three or four bullpen openings with a lot of arms to fill them | Cleveland.com - Last year's bullpen was stellar, and the core of it remains. But there are spots on the fringes left by the departure of some role players, and there's a cavalcade of potential pitchers just waiting in the wings. There is also Justin Chamberlain.
Indians 25-man roster prediction & options | Burning River Baseball - In case you missed it, Joseph Coblitz takes a crack at predicting who will fill those bullpen spots, as well as the other gaps in the roster.
Tidbits from around the league
- Keith Law's top 100 prospects list is out, and topped by the Dodgers' Corey Seager (ESPN Insider content)
- The Royals have, unsurprisingly, avoided arbitration with Mike Moussaka
- Get out the pitchforks: Fangraphs' Dave Cameron thinks the Yankees are the most underrated team in baseball
- Speaking of Yankees, Mariano Rivera will be the latest addition to Monument Park
- And speaking of honours, the Nationals will honour Bryce Harper with his very own Chia Pet this season
- And speaking of Bryce Harper, CBS' Mike Axisa looks ahead three years to discuss the huge likely payoff Harper will get when/if he hits free agency
- CBS' Matt Snyder digs into the fascinating question of the effect of chemistry in baseball
- In addition to roster predictions, Burning River Baseball takes a crack at nicknaming all the World Baseball Classic qualifying teams