Three observations ...

• The Tigers might trade for a closer anyway, but it's a good move for them to take a look at Jose Valverde, who reportedly is in better shape than he was last season.

• It's dangerous to draw conclusions after one week, but Seattle's Mike Morse looks ready to top his career high of 31 home runs.

• Toronto's Jose Bautista is asking for it if he continues to complain the way he does about ball/strike calls.

... and two predictions

• Look for Denard Span to score 100 runs with the Washington Nationals.

• The Dodgers will trade Andre Ethier this summer, and eat some salary, to make room for Yasiel Puig.