Now we come to the entire AL South division. Two of the teams made the playoffs, with a third just missing by 3 games. The worst team did manage to win 68 games, in what was one of the toughest divisions in the league last season. In order of finish last season:
Monterrey – This franchise has some big time talent. This talent also carries a price, big contracts. There are a couple contracts over $10 million to go along with the handful in the $4-6 range. You will also have half a dozen arbitration eligible players to deal with. This team is built to win now. There are some prospects in the minors, but it looks like they are mainly in AAA and AA.
Charlotte – This team qualified as a wildcard for the playoffs last year, losing the division by a single game. This is the second long time owner that we had to say good bye to after the season. In his 15 seasons, this owner finished in 1st place 8 times. Like Monterrey, this franchise is big on talent and salary. The new owner may be faced with some hard decisions. Right now, there is only one player that is scheduled to make the league minimum. There are also 7 arb eligible players.
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Atlanta – As I stated earlier this franchise just missed out on the playoffs. It finished 3 games out of the wildcard, and 4 games behind Monterrey. This is a collection of talent that has many good parts, but may just be missing that piece, or two that takes it to the next level. There is no “high priced” talent, but there are 8 contracts between $6 million and $7 million. There will also be a handful of arb cases that will come up this coming season. 10 players are scheduled to make the minimum next season. This is a young team. No one is over 31 on the roster, and only 4 are 30, or older.
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Jackson – This team is similar to Atlanta. There are no huge contracts, but rather several mid-sized. This team is also on the younger side, with only 6 players over 30 on the roster. The new owner could go either way with this. They could add FA pieces to make this a playoff contender, or trade some of the players, and concentrate on the future. No contract is over $7.25, so they can be moved. This franchise also owns the #7 pick in this season’s draft.
Franchise claimed by abmoltypat.