The new year may only be a few days old, but it is never too early to start looking forward to the upcoming baseball season. While there are still a few great players left on the free-agent market, most teams have their rosters ready to go. These are the four teams poised to surprise a lot of people during the 2020 MLB season.
Chicago White Sox
The White Sox have the perfect balance of veteran leadership and young superstars for a team looking to have their first winning season in eight years. The additions of Yasmani Grandel and Norman Mazara filled two big holes in the lineup. The lineup is already dangerous, but it should only get better later in the year when prospects, Nick Madrigal and Luis Robert join the team. The starting rotation was a big weak spot last year, but that was also shored up with the signings of Dallas Keuchel and Gio Gonzalez.
Los Angeles Angels
The Los Angeles Angels lack the depth of some of the top American League teams, but it is hard to overlook a club with Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon. If Justin Upton and Shohei Ohtani can rebound from their injuries, then Los Angeles will have one of the most dangerous lineups in the game. The team still lacks an ace starter, but the additions of Julio Teheran and Dylan Bundy will provide a little more stability to the rotation.
The Cincinnati Reds have quietly built one of the best starting rotations in the National League with three pitchers capable of competing for the Cy Young Award. The club also signed Mike Moustakas to fill a huge hole at second base. If their young outfielders can continue to develop, then the Reds certainly will not have any trouble winning games in 2020.
San Diego Padres
The San Diego Padres were in playoff contention for a good portion of the 2019 season before injuries started to pile up. The club was always expected to improve in 2020 since they have so many young stars, but that did not stop the front office from adding Tommy Pham, Jurickson Profar, Zach Davies, and Drew Pomeranz. It is only a matter of time before San Diego is competing with the Dodgers for the top spot in the NL West.