Peep Show

Updated: April 5, 2004, 9:16 AM ET
By Jim Baker

National League

Los Angeles Dodgers: How wide open is the NL West? In spite of some serious shortcomings, the Dodgers are still being picked by some to have a fighting chance to win it. With the acquisition of Milton Bradley from the Indians, they have finally added the offensive component their fans were clamoring for throughout the winter. If Bradley shows up ready to play and can stay healthy, he'll certainly help keep them in the mix. "I don't think the solution lies in just one player," general manager Paul DePodesta told Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. "But if anyone is close to being that one player, he's probably the guy."

New York Mets: For parts of last year, he was one of the Mets few bright spots, so it was a bit surprising when Jae Seo was sent down to start the 2004 season. The Mets let a poor spring drop Seo from number four in the rotation all the way down to Triple A. "This is a very confusing time for me," Seo told David Lennon of Newsday through an interpreter. "I think what I was told was very inconsistent. If I don't pitch well in two or three games in Norfolk, will they send me down to [Double-A] Binghamton?" Here's to decisions based on small sample sizes in less-than-optimal conditions! Scott Erickson and Tyler Yates will now round out the starting rotation.

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