Now that their will be 2 extra play- off spots will make the season more exciting and interesting. Also giving other low market teams a chance to give the fans at least some post season entertaiment.
The AL div. winners I think will be Balt, Det and Tex- while Chisox, Yanks, Oak, LAA are fav. to get the WC. The remaining spot in the WC can be any other team's goal. TB KC or Red Sox will be my speculation will be battling it out. The blue jays a long shot.
The NL div winners i think will be Wsh, Cin and LAD- Atl, Stl, SF, Arz, with Philly and Pirates fighting it out with the wild card teams. I will say the Miami will be a dark horse team.
Overall with 2 extra spots for post season birth will give the low market teams the possibilty to make some noise.
For the red sox nation do we really need to go out on a big FA frenzy. Now that their is extra play-off birth, I will say no for my personal opinion.
I been reading all differ specs from this forum and the names that pop up on the rumours chart are: laroche, napoli , hunter, majority saying Hamilton will cost too much and 50% are saying that Ellsbury will traded. Wide variety of ideas for a starter.
My personal players that i would like to see wearing a red sox jersey next season to fill the hole are in this order:
(1) Alex Gordon LF the downfall for this trade is that KC wants a starter for this trade to get attention. Something the sox can not afford momentarily.
(2) Youk if willing one year contract to play back up for Middlebrooks and Gomez, He Youk will still get to play some valuable time and will be bonus player for extra inning games.
(3) Starting pitching Haren will be my choice only because Greinke will want a lot of money
(4) Marmol will be good fill for the closer along with bailey once again a trade will need to be look at hear to get Marmol.
My first player i think that will be traded now that Ross from Atl. is catching will be obvious Lavarnway or my preference put him in the minors for a season.
There is no right or wrong here but who would you like to see wearing the Sox uniform next season ?