Sarcasm alert: I’m convinced that Baker Mayfield must have killed the puppies of every power broker in the NFL. That’s why he’s in limbo.

Seriously, it’s getting ridiculous that he remains in NFL limbo while less accomplished players are employed. Drew Lock and Marcus Mariota, for two examples where they’ll go into camp as starters. Deshaun Watson did nothing for a year and he got the biggest contract in history.

I know it doesn’t matter to a number of you but it bugs me. Nothing about Mayfield is egregious enough in comparison to other quarterbacks to justify his treatment.

We’ll finish our look at baseball predictions with the A.L. West. The Houston Astros remain the class of the division through controversy and player losses thanks to good player development. Justin Verlander has shown very good progress in returning from Tommy John surgery and the core of Jose Altuve, Alex Bergman and Yordan Alvarez is strong.

The Seattle Mariners made a good run at the post-season last year. They have a young talent core which could be the best they have had since the 1990s. Defending A.L. Cy Young winner Robbie Ray could be the rotation anchor they need.

The Los Angeles Angels have the MVP in outfielder/starting pitcher Shohei Otani. They also have injury questions with Mike Trout, Noah Syndergaard and Anthony Tendon. If the answer is yes on all three, this could be an interesting race.

The Texas Rangers are fourth on merit. They added Corey Seager and Marcus Semien but have too many questions to contend.

The Oakland Athletics are the only major league franchise in town and that status could soon change. On the field, they have traded or let go most of their top players due to the limbo status of their franchise.

I see the Blue Jays, Yankees, Red Sox, White Sox, Astros and Mariners in the playoffs with the Blue Jays and Astros facing off for the title. I see the Blue Jays facing the Dodgers in the World Series and the Dodgers winning in six.

Jeff Harvey is a freelance reporter and columnist for the Princeton Times. Contact him at delimartman@yahoo.com,

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