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LA Angels: New additions Ryan Madison (RP) and Jason Vargas (SP) will both be good options on the mound. Vargas, who put together a solid season on the Mariners staff last season, should see a spike in the wins column with the added run support. But, of course, the big story here is Josh Hamilton (OF). While he is a big injury risk, he is also one of the best power hitters out there. My recommendation is to only draft him if you’re able to get him with a lower pick than he’s worth. I drafted him last season, but traded him about half-way through the season, a move that couldn’t have worked out better due to his poor numbers in august and september. If you have an opportunity to draft an Angel player, consider that their lineup includes Hamilton, Pujols, and Trout.
Houston Astros: The new look Astros don’t look too good. To adjust to the DH rule in the AL, the Astros acquired Carlos Pena (1B), a slugger who strikes out more often than he blinks. The only good option in this lineup is the speedy Jose Altuve (2B).
Oakland Athletics: The A’s were one of the only teams to abstain from any major offseason moves. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
Texas Rangers: After bringing the baseball world to a near standstill at the winter meetings, the Rangers made several additions that could be beneficial to your team, even if they couldn’t aquire any of the bigger names that were tossed around. Catcher A.J. Pierzynski may be 36 years old, but he showed that age isn’t slowing him down by blasting 27 over the fence last year. His new home in Arlington is hitter friendly, but 15-20 homers is a more reasonable estimate for this year. Another old slugger brought in by the Rangers is Lance Berkman (DH, 1B, OF). After an injury-plauged 2012, don’t concern yourself with Berkman unless he becomes the cream of the free-agency crop.
Seattle Mariners: It appears that no longer being the worst team in the division has motivated the Mariners to stay that way. Ex-Angel Kendrys Morales (1B), who I beleive is under-valued on the ESPN draft rankings, is coming off a solid season and may be a good power option off the bench. Micheal Morse (OF) might be a good mid-draft if he can stay healthy, given his potential to compliment a .290+ avg. with at least 20 longballs.
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