1. Baltimore Orioles
Gone are names like Brian Matusz, but the Orioles still have depth here. Verrett will likely be the long reliever, a role he held in 2016 for the New York Mets. And, if you can maintain that role for the Mets, you have to have some ability.
Hart was excellent to wrap up 2016, and Givens did an outstanding job as well. Givens has struggled in the World Baseball Classic, so the Orioles will need to hope that does not carry over.
But, the big positive is that the back end of the bullpen is the best in baseball if O’Day is healthy, which he was not in 2016. Brach wore down toward the end of the year, likely from overuse, but Britton was the best closer in the game, if not the best pitcher period.
Aquino has been excellent this spring for the O’s, and the O’s got Bleier from the Yankees for nothing. Nuno also has a chance to win the last spot, competing with Aquino and Bleier.
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