MLB Rumors: 3 AL Teams Who Will Be Worse in 2022

The 2022 season will hopefully start on time as the MLB owners and the players continue to battle out all the legal garbage. While we have recently showcased some teams to look out for throughout the American League, for today's piece we dive into a few AL teams who will be taking a step back in 2022.

3 AL Teams Who Will Be Worse in 2022

Oakland Athletics: A team that always seems to win more games than you think, but that won't be the case in 2022. Their run of playoff appearances came to an end last season and expect much of the same this upcoming year. The A's are gearing up for unloading a ton of talent once the MLB lockout is over and expect to see most of their best veterans dealt for prospects. The likes of Matt Olson, Matt Chapman, and Frankie Montas will likely be moved before opening day. Expect to see the A's cut pay roll and the win column will suffer because of it.

Houston Astros: Don't expect to see the Astros back playing postseason baseball as the team won't have the talent to win another 95 games in 2022. They are set to lose Carlos Correa to free agency and while they still will have a talented roster, Houston won't have the same success as 2021. With the Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels all getting better in the AL West, the Astros won't have such an easy road this season. 

Cleveland Guardians: Yes, Cleveland's baseball team won 80 games last season but they won't touch 75 in 2022. Much like the Astros, the teams in their division have improved so far this offseason and they will be in tough to win as many games. There's been rumblings this offseason about the team moving on from some players including Jose Ramirez so they are expected to be hard pressed to score runs next season. 

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