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with their worst record since Patrick Sharp Jersey 2011. You never want to bet against Buck Showalter, but it's hard to see this team competing with the Red Sox and Yankees in the AL East, which means Manny Machado and Zach Britton will likely be traded before they hit free agency after the 2018 season -- if not this winter, then certainly during the season when the front office realizes the team isn't very good. Women's Corey Seager Replica Royal Blue Majestic Jersey: MLB Los Angeles Dodgers #5 Alternate Cool BaseI can't wait to see what Rhys Hoskins can do over a full season and Jorge Alfaro, Nick Williams and J.P. Crawford should be fun to watch as they get a chance to play, though all three will likely display some growing pains. The rotation needs a lot of help after Aaron Nola -- Vince Velasquez and Jerad Eickhoff failed to improve on 2016 breakout seasons, and neither pitched in September. At some point, the Phillies will spend some money in free agency, but they'll probably wait for the blockbuster 2018 free-agent class. The Padres were a respectable 33-41 in the second half, as Andy Green got a lot out of the talent on hand, but their run differential was still poor, and there isn't really any star power here. Manuel Margot might turn into a nice all-around player, but questions remain about Hunter Renfroe (.284 OBP) and Austin Hedges (.262 OBP). The farm system has some upside, but most of the top prospects were in the lower minors. It was an amazing run for the Eric Hosmer-Mike Moustakas-Lorenzo Cain group, with a 2015 World Series flag that will fly forever, but all three are free agents, and all three will probably end up signing with a new team. Even with Hosmer and Moustakas having their best seasons, the Royals weren't very good in 2017, winning 80 games and getting outscored by 89 runs. Without a new pipeline of talent to replace the free agents, it's going to be a long rebuilding process, and that's one reason Dayton Moore could leave to take over the Braves (so far, the Braves have been denied permission to talk to him). They lost 98 games with a team that had Justin Upton and Justin Verlander on the roster for most of the season and J.D. Martinez for 57 games. Without those three in September, they went an abysmal 6-24 while getting outscored by 90 runs. That's a shocking three runs per game, even though two of the six wins were by scores of 13-2 and 12-0. Patrick Sharp Jersey Even a bounce-back from Miguel Cabrera won't be enough to save this team from 100 losses. All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith sat out of practice, but that has become a normal Wednesday occurrence lately because of back tightness. Rookie defensive back Chidobe Awuzie went through a limited practice for the first time in three weeks as he works back from a hamstring strain. The Cowboys will be cautious with him as this is something he has not been able to shake since the preseason. Once he is ready to go, then he could be a full-time safety. -- Todd Archer This should be the week that wide receiver Sterling Shepard returns from an ankle injury after missing two games. Last week's bye helped. Shepard even said Wednesday that he's straight this time after suffering a minor setback prior to the Seahawks game. His presence should help the Giants' offense. -- Jordan Raanan Eagles corner Patrick Robinson has cleared protocol after suffering a concussion last week against the 49ers, and has returned to practice. He should be available this week against the Broncos. Fellow cornerback Ronald Darby, meanwhile, started the week as a limited participant. He's still working back from a dislocated ankle sustained in the opener against Washington, With a Week 10 bye in sight, the Eagles could opt to give Darby some extra recovery time before bringing him back. -- Tim McManus