Boston Red Sox –- That Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr. become this generation’s Jim Rice and Fred Lynn -- you know, an overrated Hall of Famer and a guy who had two great seasons. I kid, Red Sox fans, I kid! But these two guys could form the core of the next run of playoff teams in Boston.
Tampa Bay Rays -- How about not trading David Price. Instead, he remains in Tampa for one more season, wins 20 games and another Cy Young Award and the Rays win the AL East. Remember: They didn’t trade Carl Crawford or B.J. Upton before free agency, so they won’t necessarily trade their ace.
Los Angeles Angels –- An MVP season from Mike Trout. (Well, you know what I mean.) And less Joe Blanton. Much less Joe Blanton. In 2013, he was kind of like the fruitcake of Christmas desserts -- completely inedible and bad for the stomach.
Oakland A’s -- Not having to face Justin Verlander twice in the Division Series.
Seattle Mariners –- A World Series title to follow the Seahawks’ Super Bowl win. Too much?
Texas Rangers –- More walks. OK, maybe that doesn’t sound like an exciting wish, but that’s what the additions of Prince Fielder and Shin-Soo Choo are all about: Improving the team’s on-base percentage, especially against right-handed pitching. The Rangers were eighth in the AL in OBP against righties with a .317 mark. Playing in Texas, that’s not good enough. Two years ago, the Rangers scored 855 runs; last season, 730. They need to get back closer to 800 to wrestle the division title back from the A’s.
Atlanta Braves –- More smiles and high-fives from Freddie Freeman -- especially delivered to B.J. Upton and Dan Uggla. Or, conversely: A one-way ticket for Uggla to the North Pole. Or maybe this: A playoff trip that goes past the NLDS. The Braves haven’t made it past the Division Series their past seven postseason appearances.