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2021 MLB Bold Predictions: Jimenez for AL MVP?

by NBC Sports EDGE Staff
Updated On: March 5, 2021, 10:37 am ET

It's officially March! That means the MLB regular season is rapidly approaching and fantasy draft season is well underway. With plenty of spring training action lined up, now is the prime time to prepare for the 2021 season.

To celebrate both baseball's return and the launch of our 2021 MLB Draft Guide, we're going to take looks at what we have to offer all the way up to Opening Day. With a loaded arsenal of content -- from positional rankings, ADP reports and season-long projections, to mock drafts, projected lineups and draft cheat sheets -- we are as proud as we've ever been of what we've put together and are eager to share it with you in the coming weeks. No matter the format or size of your league, we are confident we can deliver the tools you need to secure that championship hardware.

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We last highlighted first base outliers. Today, we preview a handful of our writer's bold predictions for the 2021 MLB season. 

Take a look:


2021 MLB Bold Predictions

D.J. Short: Even after the additions of Blake Snell and Yu DarvishChris Paddack bounces back as the best starter in San Diego, posting an ERA just under 3.00 with 180 strikeouts.

Drew Silva: Ha-seong Kim pans out in a big way for the Padres, becoming a 20/20 player and being named the 2021 National League Rookie of the Year.

Ryan Boyer: Nolan Arenado proves to enjoy life outside the thin Denver air just fine, leading the NL in homers and RBI to help propel the Cardinals to a division title.

Matthew Pouliot: Eloy Jiménez leads the majors in RBI and gives the White Sox their second straight American League Most Valuable Player.

Christopher Crawford: Edwin Díaz leads all major league relievers in saves and finishes the 2021 season as the top fantasy closer.


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