- Jim Bowden, Baseball, Insider
Major League Baseball's offseason is in full swing, complete with 13-year contracts, a trade including a Gold Glover and a good, young pitcher, and a key free-agent signing or two. But that's just the beginning of this wild and wooly offseason.
With that, here are 10 bold predictions I see happening in the weeks ahead:
Most analysts think Lester has pitched his last game for the Red Sox. I'm not one of them. I think the Chicago Cubs will offer the most years (six) and dollars, but a return to Boston for fewer years (five) and less money is my prediction. The Red Sox desperately need a top-of-rotation starter and won't be a legitimate contender unless they get one. Lester was happy in Boston, and unless the Cubs blow the Sox's offer away, I think that's where he lands.
2. Marlins sign James Shields
The Marlins shocked the baseball world with the signing of Giancarlo Stanton to a 13-year deal, and they'll do it again by landing a top-of-rotation starter.
Jim Bowden boldly predicts several transactions, including where James Shields, Pablo Sandoval, Jon Lester and Hanley Ramirez will sign.