Defining conventional wisdom for 2010

Updated: January 18, 2010, 11:55 AM ET
By Buster Olney
A year ago, the conventional wisdom in baseball offices was that the Red Sox had the kind of starting pitching and overall pitching depth that should be envied, that the Rays' trade for Matt Joyce was one of the best trades of the winter, and that the Tigers were a mess and couldn't possibly compete in 2009.

There was some conventional wisdom that turned out to be right, of course. Yes, the Yankees were a lot better. The Brewers did, in fact, struggle to replace the production of CC Sabathia and Ben Sheets. And Stephen Strasburg did, in fact, back up his preseason standing as the best pitching prospect in the majors.

Here are eight bits of conventional wisdom about the season to come: