Buried in the article, but it says this:
“Verlander said he heard at the trade deadline that the Dodgers and Orioles were interested, and he said he’d have accepted Los Angeles or even Baltimore if those were the options. “I’m from Virginia,” Verlander said. But when Houston, where he’d won his rings, became viable, he said he was happy to “steer things” that way.”
Perfect! Reason I made the point in the first place is I frequently drive through rural areas in the south and midwest and have been saved a few times by small town mechanics that all happened to look and act like Cole Irvin. Turns out the real Cole Irvin can likely save a rotation starting off the season with injuries in the same way.
I don’t know if you mean a breakout player or if you mean who is most likely to be MVO. I’ll answer both, but the answer might be different tomorrow.
Breakout - Kjerstad. I think he’ll be who we wish Mountcastle would be
MVO - Burnes. This man is hungry for free agency and I’m hoping he has a career year, even by his standards.