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All 30 projected Opening Day rotations

January 23, 2019

We're less than a month away from Spring Training, so it's a good time to project what each club's Opening Day rotation will look like, or at least what it would look like if the season started today. With the help of all 30 MLB.com beat writers, here's a roundup

We're less than a month away from Spring Training, so it's a good time to project what each club's Opening Day rotation will look like, or at least what it would look like if the season started today. With the help of all 30 MLB.com beat writers, here's a roundup of how they might shake out.
AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST
Blue Jays
Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez are back for the start of another year, but the big question is, for how long? Both starters have been mentioned as possible trade candidates, and with just two years of control remaining, the rumors aren't going away any time soon. There has been a lot of turnover in the Toronto rotation lately and there will be even more soon. J.A. Happ and Marco Estrada are gone, while Matthew Shoemaker, Clayton Richard and rookie Ryan Borucki are in. -- Gregor Chisholm
Rotation if season started today

  1. Marcus Stroman, RHP
  2. Aaron Sanchez, RHP
  3. Ryan Borucki, LHP
  4. Matt Shoemaker, RHP
  5. Clayton Richard, LHP
    Orioles
    With statistically the worst rotation in 2018, the Orioles could return a unit entirely unchanged from a year ago. It is also a group that could look completely different by season's end. Dylan Bundy regressed mightily in his age-25 season, while Andrew Cashner and Alex Cobb struggled to career-worst lines in their debut years in Baltimore. All are candidates to be dealt by summer's end, should they bounce back in some fashion.
    But to start, as many as seven pitchers could be fighting for the final two spots. David Hess and Yefry Ramirez received the most work in 2018, but neither performed well enough to enter camp with starting jobs. Expect the likes of Jimmy Yacabonis, Dillon Tate, Luis Ortiz, Hunter Harvey and Keegan Akin to get long looks this spring. -- Joe Trezza
    Rotation if season started today
  6. Dylan Bundy, RHP
  7. Andrew Cashner, RHP
  8. Alex Cobb, RHP
  9. David Hess, RHP
  10. Yefry Ramirez, RHP
    Rays
    The Rays will continue to use the "opener" in 2019, but it remains to be seen just how they plan on doing so heading into the season. Blake Snell, the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner, will serve as the team's ace. Charlie Morton, the team's big free-agent acquisition, will give the rotation a big boost and a much-needed veteran presence. Tyler Glasnow, who showed flashes of why he was once the No. 1 prospect in baseball, will slot in as the team's third starter. Now, once you get past that trio, there are a lot more questions for the Rays. Manager Kevin Cash said during the Winter Meetings that the team plans on using the opener twice in the rotation. However, it'll make sense for the Rays to split up the days where they plan on using an opener in order to keep the bullpen fresh. It'll be interesting to see what order the Rays ultimately go with, but one thing is certain: The opener is coming back. -- Juan Toribio
    Rotation if season started today
  11. Blake Snell, LHP
  12. Charlie Morton, RHP
  13. Opener
  14. Tyler Glasnow, RHP
  15. Opener

Red Sox
The defending World Series-champion Red Sox are loaded in the rotation. Ace Chris Sale is healthy again after going though a prolonged bout of left shoulder inflammation last summer. Then again, Sale looked plenty healthy when he threw a wipeout slider to whiff Manny Machado and end the World Series. For the first time since he got to Boston, David Price enters the season with no questions about his ability to come through in high-pressure moments. Nobody was bigger for the Sox in October than the veteran lefty. Well, perhaps nobody but Nathan Eovaldi, the flame-throwing righty the Red Sox prioritized this offseason by re-signing him to a four-year, $68 million contract. Rick Porcello might never win a Cy Young Award again, but he is consistently durable and dependable and is entering the final season of his contract. Once again, Eduardo Rodriguez comes into Spring Training in hopes of that breakout year. He was plenty good when healthy in 2018. The presence of depth options Christopher Johnson, Hector Velazquez and Steven Wright will give manager Alex Cora the ability to rest his starters when healthy. -- Ian Browne
Rotation if season started today

  1. Chris Sale, LHP
  2. David Price, LHP
  3. Rick Porcello, RHP
  4. Nathan Eovaldi, RHP
  5. Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP

Yankees
The Yankees entered the winter aiming to add at least one top-of-the-rotation hurler, which they believe was accomplished by acquiring James Paxton from the Mariners in November. "Big Maple" projects to pair with Luis Severino to create a formidable one-two punch, though Paxton will need to remain healthy and Severino must cure the pitch-tipping ills that spoiled his second half. Masahiro Tanaka has been a reliable contributor through five big league seasons, and Happ seemed to instantly fit in after being acquired from the Blue Jays in July. After a scary health episode in December, Carsten Sabathia is looking to end his career on a high note. -- Bryan Hoch
Rotation if season started today

  1. Luis Severino, RHP
  2. James Paxton, LHP
  3. Masahiro Tanaka, RHP
  4. J.A. Happ, LHP
  5. CC Sabathia, LHP

AMERICAN LEAGUE CENTRAL
Indians
There have been plenty of rumors surrounding the Indians' starting rotation this offseason, but for now, both Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer remain in Cleveland. Last season, the Tribe led all other starting staffs in Wins Above Replacement (22.9) for the second consecutive year, per FanGraphs, and is returning all five of its top 2018 hurlers. The club will also have options in Danny Salazar -- who missed last season due to right shoulder surgery -- once he is ready to rejoin the club, and Cody Anderson, who was sidelined the last two years from Tommy John surgery. If the rotation stays intact, it has the chance to be one of the most dominant in baseball once again with Kluber and Bauer being potential Cy Young Award contenders and Shane Bieber having a year of Major League experience under his belt. -- Mandy Bell
Rotation if season started today

  1. Corey Kluber, RHP
  2. Trevor Bauer, RHP
  3. Carlos Carrasco, RHP
  4. Mike Clevinger, RHP
  5. Shane Bieber, RHP
    Royals
    The Royals' front four of the rotation seem fairly set heading into Spring Training, though the order is anything but set. If Danny Duffy's offseason work is as promising as he suggests, he likely will claim the top spot and be the Opening Day starter. The emergence of Rule 5 Draft pick Brad Keller last year makes one believe he'll elevate to the No. 2 spot. Jakob Junis' strong finish suggests he'll claim the No. 3 spot. Ian Kennedy also finished well, but it wouldn't be a huge surprise if at some point the Royals utilized him as a late-inning guy. The fifth spot will be the fun battle in Spring Training, although the PED suspension of left-hander Eric Skoglund narrows the rotation. That No. 5 spot probably comes down to Jorge Lopez (who nearly threw a perfect game last season), Heath Fillmyer and a host of other candidates, including Glenn Sparkman, Arnaldo Hernandez and Trevor Oaks. -- Jeffrey Flanagan
    Rotation if season started today
  6. Danny Duffy, LHP
  7. Brad Keller, RHP
  8. Jakob Junis, RHP
  9. Ian Kennedy, RHP
  10. Jorge Lopez, RHP
    Tigers
    Take three established starters who form the core of the Tigers' rotation and add two free-agent signings looking for career rebounds. Top it off with a young pitcher or two who could work their way into full-time starting roles but could also serve as depth for injuries or versatile swingmen in the bullpen. It's a formula the Tigers used to build their rotation a year ago. It's a formula they'll use again for 2019.
    Replace Mike Fiers and Francisco Liriano with Matt Moore and Tyson Ross, and the Tigers' projected rotation looks similar to last year. Matthew Boyd has blossomed into a potential front-line workhorse with a breakthrough 2018 season. Michael Fulmer is again trying to bounce back from surgery, this time to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. Jordan Zimmermann is recovering from core muscle repair surgery, but his arm appears to be fine. Daniel Norris again has a chance to prove himself but seems poised to reprise a spot starter/relief role following the Moore and Ross signings. Spencer Turnbull could be in line for a similar fit after an encouraging September stretch in the rotation, or he could serve as insurance at Triple-A Toledo.
    With five highly ranked starting pitching prospects on the way, the Tigers could have a vastly different rotation in a couple of years. For now, however, there's some stability in the top half. -- Jason Beck
    Rotation if season started today
  11. Matthew Boyd, LHP
  12. Michael Fulmer, RHP
  13. Jordan Zimmermann, RHP
  14. Matt Moore, LHP
  15. Tyson Ross, RHP

Twins
Four of the Twins' starting spots for 2019 were all but set entering the offseason. At the top is 24-year-old Jose Berrios, who is coming off his first 200-strikeout season and supported by the experienced Jake Odorizzi and Kyle Gibson, who had his long-awaited breakout last season. Michael Pineda is also expected to hold down a rotation spot in his return from Tommy John surgery, as the Twins hope that he can regain the pre-injury form that netted him the American League's most strikeouts per nine innings in '16.
While there are several options on the roster for Minnesota's unclaimed fifth rotation spot, the Twins are reportedly adding left-hander Martin Perez, a veteran of seven Major League seasons, who could emerge as the candidate to hold down the position until the organization's young pitching prospects are more ready to establish themselves at the MLB level. Fernando Romero and Adalberto Mejia could also be in the conversation, and Kohl Stewart, Stephen Gonsalves and Chase De Jong should also push for consideration. -- Do-Hyoung Park
Rotation if season started today

  1. Jose Berrios, RHP
  2. Kyle Gibson, RHP
  3. Michael Pineda, RHP
  4. Jake Odorizzi, RHP
  5. Martin Perez, LHP

White Sox
If Michael Kopech didn't suffer a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament at the end of the 2018 season and lose his '19 season to recovery from Tommy John surgery, the White Sox rotation would look quite a bit different. If Dylan Cease, the reigning MLB Pipeline Pitcher of the Year, continues the great progression he showed in '18, he could be the final piece of the rotation sooner than later.
The White Sox have Manny Banuelos, Carson Fulmer, Dylan Covey and Jordan Stephens battling for that fifth spot. But if the White Sox add another veteran hurler, that move would change the look of the starting staff.
There are rotation certainties heading into the season. Carlos Rodon could make his first Opening Day start as he enters the 2019 campaign fully healthy. Ivan Nova is a solid innings eater added to the middle of the rotation, and Reynaldo Lopez and Lucas Giolito will take what they learned in their first full seasons and try to make a step up in '19. -- Scott Merkin
Rotation if season started today

  1. Carlos Rodon, LHP
  2. Reynaldo Lopez, RHP
  3. Ivan Nova, RHP
  4. Lucas Giolito, RHP
  5. Manny Banuelos, LHP
    AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST
    Angels
    The Angels are counting on talented lefties Andrew Heaney and Tyler Skaggs to lead the rotation, but they've had injury concerns in recent years, so keeping them healthy will be key. They added Matt Harvey and Trevor Cahill via free agency on one-year deals to add depth, as Shohei Ohtani isn't pitching in 2019 after Tommy John surgery. They're hoping for a bounce-back season from Harvey, who pitched better after being traded to the Reds. Cahill is coming off one of his better seasons, turning in a 3.76 ERA with the A's. Right-hander Jaime Barria had a solid rookie season in 2018, posting a 3.41 ERA in 26 starts, and is the front-runner for the fifth spot. Others in the mix include Nick Tropeano, Felix Pena and Dillon Peters until highly regarded prospectsGriffin Canning and Jose Suarez are ready for the Majors. -- Rhett Bollinger
    Rotation if season started today
  6. Tyler Skaggs, LHP
  7. Andrew Heaney, LHP
  8. Matt Harvey, RHP
  9. Trevor Cahill, RHP
  10. Jaime Barria, RHP
    Astros
    Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole both finished in the top five in American League Cy Young Award voting last year, so that's a great place to start. Collin McHugh is back in the rotation following a terrific season out of the bullpen. The Astros are in pursuit of a veteran starting pitcher to add to the mix, but for now they have promising youngsters Josh James and Framber Valdez in the rotation. Top pitching prospect Forrest Whitley should make his debut at some point in 2019, but another veteran arm is desired. -- Brian McTaggart
    Rotation if season started today
  11. Justin Verlander, RHP
  12. Gerrit Cole, RHP
  13. Collin McHugh, RHP
  14. Josh James, RHP
  15. Framber Valdez, LHP

Athletics
This is merely guesswork at this juncture of the offseason. The A's desperately need more starters to bolster this unit, which features little experience outside of the seasoned Fiers, and they're expected to find those add-on pieces in the coming weeks. Jesus Luzardo, of course, is the most intriguing name among this bunch; the A's anticipate their top pitching prospect to break camp with the big-league club. Elsewhere, Daniel Mengden, Chris Bassitt and Paul Blackburn represent the top in-house rotation options at this point, with Frankie Montas and Aaron Brooks acting as depth behind them. -- Jane Lee
Rotation if season started today

  1. Mike Fiers, RHP
  2. Jesus Luzardo, LHP
  3. Daniel Mengden, RHP
  4. Chris Bassitt, RHP
  5. Paul Blackburn, RHP
    Mariners
    With Felix Hernandez coming off the worst season of his 14-year career (8-14, 5.55 ERA) and Paxton traded to the Yankees this offseason, the Mariners' rotation is a bit of a mystery at the top end. Should the club decide to end Hernandez's streak of 10 consecutive Opening Day starts, the likely options are up-and-coming lefty Marco Gonzales or newly signed Japanese free agent Yusei Kikuchi.
    But with one remaining year at $27 million on his contract, Hernandez still figures to get a shot at fitting somewhere in the mix and the club also returns veterans Mike Leake and Wade LeBlanc, both coming off solid seasons. Clearly the future is knocking on the door, however, as newly acquired prospects Justus Sheffield, Justin Dunn and Erik Swanson are all potential additions at some point this year. -- Greg Johns
    Rotation if season started today
  6. Marco Gonzales, LHP
  7. Yusei Kikuchi, LHP
  8. Mike Leake, RHP
  9. Wade LeBlanc, LHP
  10. Felix Hernandez, RHP

Rangers
The Rangers could have a set rotation in place right now if they are content to go into the season with three starters who underwent Tommy John surgery within the last two years.
That's the mystery surrounding the Rangers with less than a month to go before pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training. The Rangers have five veteran starters in place, but they all have undergone significant physical issues recently in their careers. It would seem unlikely that the Rangers would go to camp without at least adding more depth. -- T.R. Sullivan
Rotation if season started today

  1. Mike Minor, LHP 
  2. Lance Lynn, RHP
  3. Drew Smyly, LHP
  4. Edinson Volquez, RHP
  5. Shelby Miller, RHP
    NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST
    Braves
    With Sonny Gray going to the Reds, it looks like the Braves may enter Spring Training without making a rotation addition. Mike Foltynewicz performed like a front-line starter last year, and Sean Newcomb has the capability to make a similar leap this year. Kevin Gausman and Julio Teheran provided quality depth to this group, which could be enriched by a healthy Mike Soroka and a further-developed Touki Toussaint. Soroka, Toussaint and Kyle Wright are among the Braves prospects who could share the fifth spot on an alternating basis during the early part of the season. -- Mark Bowman
    Rotation if season started today
  6. Mike Foltynewicz, RHP
  7. Sean Newcomb, LHP
  8. Kevin Gausman, RHP
  9. Julio Teheran, RHP
  10. TBD

Marlins
How the rotation goes will largely determine how long the Marlins' rebuilding process takes. Based on talent and depth, there are many interesting options for Miami, either starters who will be on the Opening Day roster or join the rotation over the course of the season. Jose Urena has cemented himself as the ace. Dan Straily is an experienced right-hander and Wei-Yin Chen is projected to be the lone left-hander. If Straily isn't dealt before Spring Training, he profiles as the No. 2 starter. Trevor Richards, Sandy Alcantara, Caleb Smith and Pablo Lopez made starts as rookies in 2018. But Smith missed the second half due to surgery to repair a left pectoral muscle, and Lopez missed all of September with a shoulder issue. -- Joe Frisaro
Rotation if season started today

  1. Jose Urena, RHP
  2. Dan Straily, RHP
  3. Wei-Yin Chen, LHP
  4. Sandy Alcantara, RHP
  5. Trevor Richards, RHP
    Mets
    The Mets' rotation won't feature any surprises. Jacob deGrom, the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner, will start on Opening Day. Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler and Steven Matz will file in behind him, looking for healthy seasons. The Mets will round out their starting five with Jason Vargas, who rebounded from a poor first half to give the Mets confidence in him heading into 2019. -- Anthony DiComo
    Rotation if season started today
  6. Jacob deGrom, RHP
  7. Noah Syndergaard, RHP
  8. Zack Wheeler, RHP
  9. Steven Matz, LHP
  10. Jason Vargas, LHP

Nationals
"Starting pitching is king," general manager Mike Rizzo proclaimed at the start of December, before he began revamping a rotation that disappointed the Nationals last season. First, the Nats added the top free-agent starting-pitching prize in Patrick Corbin and followed it up by signing the resurgent Anibal Sanchez, fresh off a breakout 2018 that resurrected his career. Those additions combined with perennial Cy Young candidate Max Scherzer and the dominant when healthy Stephen Strasburg should give Washington one of the best rotations in the National League. -- Jamal Collier
Rotation if season started today

  1. Max Scherzer, RHP
  2. Stephen Strasburg, RHP
  3. Patrick Corbin, LHP
  4. Anibal Sanchez, RHP
  5. Joe Ross, RHP
    Phillies
    The Phillies could open the 2019 season with the same rotation that finished 2018, which has the front office feeling OK and fans a little nervous. Aaron Nola, Jacob Arrieta, Nick Pivetta, Zach Eflin and Vince Velasquez pitched well through early August before struggling mightily the final two months of the season. The front office believes the group will be better, based on experience and a 3.76 FIP, which ranked seventh in baseball last season. But the front office also acknowledges what fans wonder: Is it a risk? There is a reason the Phillies pursued Corbin and Happ this winter. It is why there remains an outside chance they take a run at free-agent left-hander Dallas Keuchel-- Todd Zolecki
    Rotation if season started today
  6. Aaron Nola, RHP
  7. Jake Arrieta, RHP
  8. Nick Pivetta, RHP
  9. Zach Eflin, RHP
  10. Vince Velasquez, RHP

NATIONAL LEAGUE CENTRAL
Brewers
Predicting a five-man rotation for the Brewers under David Stearns and Craig Counsell is a challenge. Last season, they employed 11 starting pitchers, including seven who made double-digit starts. In 2017, 13 pitchers started games for the Brewers. That's in part by design. For example, last winter's consensus was that the Brewers needed a front-line starter and should spend big for a free agent the likes of Yu Darvish. Instead, Stearns signed Jhoulys Chacin to a two-year deal and built a rotation short on "aces" but long on depth, and those arms took the Brewers to within one victory of the World Series.
There is still time for acquisitions, but it appears the Brewers plan to employ the same strategy in 2019. Chacin leads the way, followed by a group of established pitchers aiming for bounce-back seasons and some up-and-comers seeking to build on 2018 success. We'll stretch the list to seven pitchers positioned to make more than a start or two. -- Adam McCalvy
Rotation if season started today

  1. Jhoulys Chacin, RHP
  2. Chase Anderson, RHP
  3. Zach Davies, RHP
  4. Jimmy Nelson, RHP
  5. Brandon Woodruff, RHP
  6. Corbin Burnes, RHP
  7. Freddy Peralta, RHP
    Cardinals
    Options are plentiful as the Cardinals begin to piece together their starting rotation. Miles Mikolas will return as the likely Opening Day starter and anchor what could be an entirely right-handed unit. The first four spots seem solidified, barring injury, and Adam Wainwright will have the inside track for the fifth. If the Cards need to go further down the depth chart, they have several other starting candidates in John Gant, Austin Gomber, Dakota Hudson, Alex Reyes and Daniel Ponce de Leon-- Jenifer Langosch
    Rotation if season started today
  8. Miles Mikolas, RHP
  9. Carlos Martinez, RHP
  10. Jack Flaherty, RHP
  11. Michael Wacha, RHP
  12. Adam Wainwright, RHP

Cubs
The Cubs' projected starting five average 32 years old with nearly nine years of MLB experience. They are experienced and capable of logging the kind of innings that could alleviate some of the uncertainty in the bullpen. Darvish, who was limited to eight starts last year due to injury, will be the wild card. But all indications are that he is healthy and Darvish said last week that he will be unrestricted this spring with Opening Day as a realistic goal. With all five starters issue-free, Mike Montgomery and Tyler Chatwood would become relief options. -- Jordan Bastian
Rotation if season started today

  1. Jonathan Lester, LHP
  2. Kyle Hendricks, RHP
  3. Cole Hamels, LHP
  4. Yu Darvish, RHP
  5. Jose Quintana, LHP

Pirates
The Pirates might have one of the game's most underrated rotations after adding Chris Archer in the middle of a breakout season for both Jameson Taillon and Trevor Williams. A full year of Archer should help, and they would benefit from a healthy Joe Musgrove as well. Taillon and Williams must prove their improvements were sustainable. Free agent acquisition Jordan Lyles, who tweaked his pitch usage last season, looks like the early favorite for the fifth spot over lefty Steven Brault and out-of-options righty Nick Kingham. -- Adam Berry
Rotation if season started today

  1. Jameson Taillon, RHP
  2. Chris Archer, RHP
  3. Trevor Williams, RHP
  4. Joe Musgrove, RHP
  5. Jordan Lyles, RHP
    Reds
    The Reds wanted to put their rebuilding efforts fully behind them, but they knew they couldn't get far without improving their rotation. Cincinnati, which ranked 14th out of 15 clubs in starter ERA last season, didn't just make tweaks; it was instead a big overhaul with three winter trades bringing in Gray, Tanner Roark and Alex Wood. Whether the Reds can fully contend in '19 after four straight 90-plus-loss seasons remains to be seen, but they should definitely pitch better. -- Mark Sheldon
    Rotation if season started today
  6. Sonny Gray, RHP
  7. Tanner Roark, RHP
  8. Alex Wood, LHP
  9. Luis Castillo, RHP
  10. Anthony DeSclafani, RHP

NATIONAL LEAGUE WEST
D-backs
The rotation, which was a team strength in 2018, will be without Corbin and Clay Buchholz in 2019, but the D-backs still have Zack Greinke and Robbie Ray and expect to get Taijuan Walker back from Tommy John surgery. To build some depth behind Greinke, Ray and Zack Godley, the D-backs acquired right-hander Luke Weaver from the Cardinals in the Paul Goldschmidt trade, and they signed righty Merrill Kelly, who spent the past four seasons pitching in Korea.
Arizona does have some depth at the top end of the farm system in Matt Koch, Taylor Widener and Jon Duplantier among others. -- Steve Gilbert
Rotation if season started today

  1. Zack Greinke, RHP
  2. Robbie Ray, LHP
  3. Zack Godley, RHP
  4. Luke Weaver, RHP
  5. Merrill Kelly, RHP
    Dodgers
    To those worked up over whether the top two on this list should be reversed, what a fantastic dilemma that is. Not making the top-five cut for now are Julio Urias and Thomas Stripling, another high-quality surplus. Even without Kluber, who has been tied to the Dodgers in trade rumors all winter, Los Angeles' starting rotation is the envy of most clubs. -- Ken Gurnick
    Rotation if season started today
  6. Clayton Kershaw, LHP
  7. Walker Buehler, RHP
  8. Hyun-Jin Ryu, LHP
  9. Rich Hill, LHP
  10. Kenta Maeda, RHP

Giants
Madison Bumgarner has been the subject of numerous trade rumors this offseason, but president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi has said he isn't making any outgoing calls regarding the club's longtime ace, so he remains in line to be the Giants' Opening Day starter. The Giants will miss Johnny Cueto, who will be unavailable for most of the season while rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, but they added some durability to their rotation by re-signing Derek Holland last week. Jeff Samardzija is a bit of a question mark after struggling with a persistent right shoulder issue in 2018, though he is progressing well in his throwing program. Despite their impressive rookie campaigns, Dereck Rodriguez and Andrew Suarez aren't necessarily locks for the Opening Day rotation, with the addition of Drew Pomeranz taking one spot combining with the Giants' desire to ease pressure on their young arms by having them begin the year in the bullpen or in the Minors. -- Chris Haft
Rotation if season started today

  1. Madison Bumgarner, LHP
  2. Derek Holland, LHP
  3. Dereck Rodriguez, RHP
  4. Drew Pomeranz, LHP
  5. Jeff Samardzija, RHP

Padres
It seems likely the Padres add another arm to this mix before the start of Spring Training. Their rotation posted the highest ERA in the NL last year, and Garrett Richards has been the only addition. He might not even pitch this season. Still, it's clear San Diego wants to give its young arms a chance. Logan Allen and Jacob Nix will compete for places this spring, while Joey Lucchesi and Eric Lauer could headline the rotation. Meanwhile, keep an eye on left-hander Matt Strahm, who was outstanding in the 'pen last season in his return from knee surgery. The Padres have asked him to bulk up for a transition into a starting role. If his body holds up, he's got front-of-the-rotation stuff. -- AJ Cassavell
Rotation if season started today

  1. Joey Lucchesi, LHP
  2. Eric Lauer, LHP
  3. Robbie Erlin, LHP
  4. Bryan Mitchell, RHP
  5. Matt Strahm, LHP
    Rockies
    Rare in the Rockies' history have they had such quality and depth. Lefty Kyle Freeland finished fourth in NL Cy Young Award balloting, righty German Marquez finished eighth in the NL in strikeouts, and hopes are high for lefty Tyler Anderson after he set career highs for innings pitched and strikeouts last season. Jon Gray is trying to rebound from a season that saw him optioned to the Minors and left off the postseason roster, and Chad Bettis hopes blister problems that marred his 2018 season are in the past. But the listed rotation is not chiseled in granite. Pushing hard for jobs are righties Antonio Senzatela, who started last year's NL Division Series opener; righty Jeff Hoffman, who suffered a shoulder injury last spring and never had a chance to challenge for a job; and righty prospect Peter Lambert, who climbed to Triple-A last season at age 21. -- Thomas Harding
    Rotation if season started today
  6. Kyle Freeland, LHP
  7. German Marquez, RHP
  8. Tyler Anderson, LHP
  9. Jon Gray, RHP
  10. Chad Bettis, RHP