Well, we are going to kick the previews off in the Eastern Conference, Atlantic division. First up, we have the Baltimore Captains. Just an advisory, these are my opinions for all the previews, and I apologize if I don’t rate your team as high as you would like, but I wish everyone luck this year!
SP Yukichi Kato – claimed off waivers from CAR
SP Wilson Norales – free agent
RF Carlos Castro – free agent
SP Jesus Castillo – claimed off waivers from NY
SP Michael Parker – trade with SF
CL Brian Patterson – trade with SF
SP Kevin Anderson – trade with SF
MR Oliver White – free agency
LF Lawrence Bones – free agency
Baltimore finished last season, 62-92, and last in their division. This is a team that has struggled, losing records each year, since winning the championship in the inaugural year of NBL. The Captains have a new ‘captain’, Hurston Pittman, who took over Baltimore GM duties near the end of last season. A busy off-season hopes to right the ship.
The most notable movement of players was trading their ace starting pitching, Kevin Anderson, to San Francisco for some quality NBL players and prospects. This was a trade that appeared to help each team but only time will tell. Reliever, Oliver White, will be greatly missed by the team, as he was one of the few lefties the bullpen sports and he posted a 1.2 WAR (2.95 ERA over 94.2 IPs).
The Baltimore Captains have a low cap hit of only $62.5 million this year. They are expected to work on an extension with their star, SS Larry ‘Mr. Magnificent’ Spence, throughout the season. He is scheduled to make $12.5 million this year.
“(Baltimore)…has been a great experience. I want to bring this team back to the championship we won back in 2013, and we are on track for success,” states two-time all-star, Larry Spence.
This team plays in a very competitive division, as their division has represented the EC in the NBL championship all four years, each with a different team(Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, Boston). The Captains will have to navigate through the tough division waters to emerge, once again, in the NBL Championship.