Found February 09, 2012 on
Five players could all legitimately finish the season as the top-ranked first baseman: Miguel Cabrera, Albert Pujols, Joey Votto, Prince Fielder and Adrian Gonzalez. The million dollar question is who will it be?
While all five will be taken in the first 10-15 picks, the answer to this question has changed slightly from the time it was posed back in September. Let’s eliminate the first two from contention.
Votto should finish the year in the top 30, but his power numbers aren’t on par with the others in this scenario. He did have 29 homers to Gonzalez’s 27, but I expect A-Gon to improve on those home run totals, which should give him the advantage not only in power, but batting average and run production. Votto has an edge in steals, but he’s not stealing 16 bases again so it’s not enough to put him over A-Gon. This immediately eliminates Votto from the conversation.
Last season, Fielder was in a contract year and made it clear to the world that he had every intention of leaving Mil...
BEST OF MAXIM
Time will tell whether Miguel Cabrera can make the move back to third base, as the Tigers have planned. As the reigning American League batting champion prepares for his big test at the hot corner in Spring Training, his effort is unquestioned.
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Albert Pujols, who once encompassed the identity of the Cardinals, leaves behind an undaunted supporting cast-turned-future core. Those in this bunch talk little about who will be missing, though they also avoid promises of immediate and equal replacement production.
Do you remember the days when trading card companies employed the "paint job" to update a player's team following a trade?
OK, I suppose that I showed my age with that one in the age of digital photography. I can take the rumor-mongering of the blogosphere and speculation about deadline deals and create new looks for players in an instant. Fortunately, I don't...
For the first time in his 12-year professional career, Molina
walked into Roger Dean Stadium last week knowing Pujols wouldn't be
DeMarco's Mailbag: Tampa Bay, Philadelphia and Albert Pujols' new team the Los Angeles Angels head the list.
SportsTalk: Albert Pujols signs with the Angels and Prince Fielder joins the Tigers. Which team is better now? (NBC Sports)
BIG MONEY, BIG REWARDS?
There were a multitude of interesting contracts handed out this offseason, from big names like Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder, and Jose Reyes, to the mid-range starters like CJ Wilson and Mark Buerhle, to the lower level guys like Willie Bloomquist and Alex Gonzalez. Some of these contracts are going to affect their teams for more than just the 2012 season, though. Some will shape...
Tigers catcher Alex Avila today talked to ESPN's "Baseball Tonight" about consistency, pitching, consistent pitching and the expectations of this year's team.
Tim Lincecum thought about the seismic shifts of baseball's offseason, the ones that saw Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder migrate to the American League.