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MLB Notebook: Fearless predictions for the New Year; bullpen needs unaddressed

New Year's Resolutions? Who needs 'em. Too easily broken and equally forgettable.

New Year's predictions? Well, those are a little more appealing, to say nothing of more fun. After all, it's a lot easier -- a whole lot less risky -- to predict the behavior of others than it is to focus on your own shortcomings. (Besides, that's what the comments section is for.)

So, with that in mind, here's some things that could/may/might happen during the upcoming year.

1. Mookie Betts will be on the Opening Day roster

Despite the rumors of a deal involving Betts and the Los Angeles Dodgers, consensus across the industry is that if Betts is traded by the Red Sox, it won't come until the July 31 trade deadline. As has been noted here and elsewhere, the deadline may create some urgency toward a deal and create a better market for the Sox.

Plus, it's getting late. While big trades sometimes happen in January or later, most teams have essentially set their budgets for the 2020 season and, beyond the complications of working out a deal with the Red Sox, it could be tough for a team to make room for a player set to make $28 million or more this season.

If the Sox are surprise contenders at the deadline, they can