I think it's only about money. Inter divisional games tend to be the rivals that ticket buyers turn out for. Also, divisional teams tend to be closer so travel costs are less (pennies on the MLB dollar but the owners have proven to be cheap).
See my comments on Hall for #3 and #4. Not changing now. Huge talent from a left-handed starter. Understand the injury risk, but on talent alone I think he should have been higher. Having said that, it's a really solid group of prospects.
Hate to derail this thread, but the decision needs to be made if Mullins will be a major contributor during a competitive window. If the competitive window is in his FA years, you trade him. If it's sooner, you keep him minus an awesome replacement.
Not that I disagree, but a closer is typically used in the last inning ahead by 3 or (usually) less. That's also high leverage. You really need several high leverage capable people in the bullpen. From there you pick the best match-up among your guys.
Henderson had massive L/R splits and below average fielding. I don't think Tony sees the same prospect that was being hyped a few months ago. I too love the power and think he'll take a major step forward this year, but Tony's seen a lot more than me, that's for sure.
Hall also took steps forward, not just in what he showed in his 7 games last year but also in offseason reports re: control. He looked to be putting together a terrific starter's profile before he went down with injury. That's a different look than the last time Tony saw Hall before last year's rankings, when his control had gone haywire.
MASN has BA's list in this article:
1. Adley Rutschman
2. Grayson Rodriguez
3. DL Hall
4. Gunnar Henderson
5. Colton Cowser
6. Jordan Westburg
7. Kyle Stowers
8. Heston Kjerstad
9. Kyle Bradish
10. Coby Mayo