Leaving this season preview on a positive note, a lot of older Niner fans will have the memories of Bill Walsh and Joe Montana lifting Lombardi's echoing around in their minds when looking at Shanahan and Garoppolo.
San Francisco Giants appointed Farhan Zaidi this offseason as they look to change their approach. A roster of players in decline makes a difficult 2019 probable.
Cincinnati Reds have been among the most active teams this winter, adding Yasiel Puig, Alex Wood, Matt Kemp and several others.
A very solid lineup with some breakout potential, and a reliable pitching staff bolstered by some neat additions should see them in the hunt for division title right to the end of the season.
Colorado Rockies dramatically won the wildcard game last season, but they were thoroughly outplayed by the Brewers in the Division Series.
Atlanta Braves have gone under the radar this offseason despite winning the division in 2018. With one of the league’s best farms still, Atlanta are ready to compete for the next five years and beyond.
The Dodgers represented the National League in the World Series in 2017 and 2018. Losses to the Astros and Red Sox were painful for Dave Roberts and co., but they are many people’s favourite to feature in the Fall Classic once again.
Milwaukee Brewers were one victory from the World Series in 2018. They will be confident of returning to the playoffs this year.
Philadelphia Phillies started brightly in 2018, but faded to finish below .500. Bryce Harper's signing and a busy offseason has increased expectations.
St. Louis Cardinals have been over .500 in each of the last 11 seasons. The streak is set to continue in 2019 after Paul Goldschmidt's arrival.
New York Mets were one of MLB's busiest teams this offseason, adding several big names through trade and free agency.
San Diego Padres have not made the playoffs since 2006. Having signed Manny Machado this winter, optimism is growing in south California.
Chicago Cubs are among the favourites to win MLB's National League Central in 2019 despite an uneventful offseason leaving them with a similar roster.
Pittsburgh Pirates were set up to spend big this offseason. It's been a quiet winter, though, and competing in the National League Central is unlikely.
Arizona Diamondbacks are adamant they are not rebuilding, though their roster is significantly weaker in 2019 than it was in 2018.