Well, it appears that Garret Anderson will be a part of the Dodgers when they begin their season on Monday at Pittsburgh.
I like having Anderson on my team, although like Jim Thome last year, it came about seven years too late. But if the Dodgers use Anderson like they say they will -- as a lefty off the bench -- and keep him as far from the outfield as possible, then it's a pleasant little addition.
I'm more pleased with two other Dodger developments -- giving the starting second baseman job to Blake DeWitt and the No. 5 starter role to Charlie Haeger. I like both of those guys. They each must prove their consistency, but I'm glad they're getting the chance to do so.
I suppose this brings me to the part of the post where I make predictions for the season. I hate this part. Most of the time I avoid it by presenting goofy, completely unrealistic predictions and then someone thinks I'm serious and gets mad/acts all puzzled.
So I am delivering my genuine, serious predictions here. But I am offering no comments on why I am listing the teams where I'm listing them. Because the truth is: I have no idea. And neither do you. Nobody does.
OK, from most important to least important:
NL West: Dodgers, Rockies, Giants, Diamondbacks, Padres
NL Central: Cardinals, Brewers, Reds, Cubs, Astros, Pirates
NL East: Phillies, Braves, Marlins, Mets, Nationals
AL West: Mariners, Angels, Rangers, A's
AL Central: White Sox, Twins, Tigers, Indians, Royals
AL East: Yankees, Rays, Red Sox, Orioles, Blue Jays
All right, I lied. A quick comment on each division:
1. NL West: The Rockies actually scare me. More than the Giants.
2. NL Central: The last four teams could be the same team as far as I'm concerned. I know I'm not the only one who thinks this.
3. NL East: Will the Nationals surpass the Mets? Has a team had an uglier spring training recently?
4. AL West: My personal choice is for the Rangers to finish first. I just don't think it's going to happen.
5. AL Central: I'm hoping to see lots of Target Field games on TV this year. I am thrilled they're out of that baggy dome.
6. AL East: Someone really needs to prevent the Yankees from winning the Series again this year. Last year was absolutely sickening. If I hear that blasted Jay-Z song one more time, I'm going to decapitate the heads off of all of my Yankee cards in a ritualistic ceremony on my front lawn.