Angels, Rangers have new toys
During the off season, the American League West has stolen the show with the Angels signing two high level free Agents in Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson and the Texas Rangers adding in Japenese pitcher Yu Darvish.
The Mariners have added a few of the things on their off season wish list. This includes back up back stop John Jaso, a veteran presence in the Bullpen via a recycled Mariner George Sherill. The M’s have indicated they plan on adding depth at shortstop and adding another veteran arm in the rotation.
While fans await an announcement that power hitting Prince Fielder has been signed to combat their offensive woes, the Seattle Management is making plans for what the season will look like with or without the big left hander.
Here what the AL West will look like…
IF… Yu Darvish makes the transition from Japanese ball to the MLB well, the Rangers wont even remember the name C.J. Wilson. All of the Rangers starters ended the season with double digit wins and their offense is essential the same coming into 2012. Look for them to have a repeat performance in the 90 win range.
IF… Albert Pujols matches last year’s numbers he would spike the Angels team batting average to .276 from .253 from last season.
This combined with the potential of added wins offered by LHP CJ. Wilson could give the Halos a potential of 10 extra wins over the course of the season which is exactly how far behind Texas they were when the season ended.
Although Pujols could struggle in a new league and Wilson seems to be an average pitcher that has been highly overrated. They will finish in second place again.
IF… those in Seattle’s youth movement start to give more quality at bats then they should move up in all offensive categories including batting average, on base percentage, slugging percentage and even base on balls.
Look for Eric Wedge to start to tighten the operations a bit more and make more dramatic decisions in his second year.
The M’s will likely end in 3rd place, but not be as easy a win as in years past.
It wouldn’t be surprising to see 75 to 80 wins, but it also wouldn’t be surprising to see them tank toward the end of the season again.
Of course IF they add Prince – they will still finish 3rd but they will sell more season tickets.
IF… Oakland doesn’t self-destruct it will be a miracle.
I have no clue what their plan is.
Maybe I should watch Moneyball again to know what is going on out there.