One player who needs to step up for each AL East team in 2017

Pitchers highlight the biggest area of concern for the powerful division heading into this season.


Even though the AL East was one of the most competitive divisions in baseball in 2016, with three teams (Boston, Toronto and Baltimore) making the playoffs, not everything went according to plan.

Each squad had at least one player that massively underperformed, hampering that team’s ability to compete for a World Series title.

For every team but the Red Sox, a starting pitcher was the major problem, but Boston enters 2017 needing a certain hefty position player to step up. Continue reading “One player who needs to step up for each AL East team in 2017”

The perfect free agent for each AL East team

One move each team should make before the 2017 season starts.

Spring training will be here before we know it, but there’s still a lot of work for AL East teams to do before the 2017 season kicks off.

Plenty of free agents are still out there waiting for new squads, and in the arms race that is the AL East, teams that stand still get left behind.

Therefore, it’s time to take a quick look at one remaining free agent who each team should sign before pitchers and catchers report in a few weeks:

New York Yankees: Jason Hammel

This could be the year the Yankees can no longer trot CC Sabathia out to the mound every five days, and the team’s rotation depth isn’t that great to begin with.

Adding Hammel to the mix would be a smart, economical move for the Yankees, who need some proven talent behind some young guys who will be relied upon for innings this season.

Boston Red Sox: Travis Wood

The Red Sox have already done a lot of work on their roster this offseason, adding important pieces like Chris Sale and Mitch Moreland to the mix.

However, bullpen depth is always an area teams need to improve and Travis Wood fits Boston’s needs perfectly.

The lefty is a shutdown reliever who can also be extended into a starting role as needed. With an iffy rotation behind Rick Porcello, Sale and David Price, the Red Sox should invest in Wood as a backup plan in case one of their other starters doesn’t work out.

Baltimore Orioles: Pedro Alvarez

If the Orioles aren’t willing to pony up the dough required to re-sign slugger Mark Trumbo, perhaps they should look to another in-house candidate to replace him.

Pedro Alvarez also spent the 2016 season with Baltimore, where he slugged 22 home runs and drove in 49 runs while hitting .249.

With a need for a DH and occasional sub for Chris Davis at first base, the Orioles need a guy like Alvarez on the roster before the 2017 season begins.

Toronto Blue Jays: Jose Bautista

The Blue Jays accomplished their perfect free-agent signing on Tuesday by agreeing to a one-year, $18 million deal with slugger Jose Bautista, who has been the face of the Toronto franchise since 2009.

The new deal could be worth up to $60 million, but the second and third years of the contract are mutual options.

Tampa Bay Rays: Mike Napoli

The Rays have an opening at first base and DH, and Napoli would be a perfect fit for that spot.

The veteran would provide excellent leadership and a winning mindset for a team that has suffered through a couple of down years.

Plus, after hitting 34 homers and driving in 101 runs for the Cleveland Indians last year, he still has a lot of value to add with his powerful bat, too.

Why trading for Yovani Gallardo was a bad move for the Seattle Mariners

Former Baltimore Oriole will struggle to find success at SafeCo Field.

The Seattle Mariners made headlines on Friday when they swapped OF Seth Smith for Baltimore Orioles P Yovani Gallardo.

Though 2016 was a rough season for the former Milwaukee Brewer star, Gallardo has been a workhorse pitcher in the past, throwing more than 180 innings in seven of the past eight seasons.

However, the Gallardo trade will likely come back to haunt Seattle, a team that finished just three games out of the final American League wildcard spot in 2016. Continue reading “Why trading for Yovani Gallardo was a bad move for the Seattle Mariners”

Where will Mark Trumbo end up?

Versatile slugger has options, but what team makes the most sense?

Mark Trumbo made himself a lot of money in 2016.

While earning $9.5 million with the Baltimore Orioles on last year’s one-year deal with the Baltimore Orioles, Trumbo hit 47 home runs and drove in 108 runs while batting .256 and slugging a career-high .533.

However, as Spring Training quickly approaches, the right-handed OF/1B still finds himself without a team for the 2017 season.

Here are three places he could end up before pitchers and catchers report for duty:

Colorado Rockies: Fantasy baseball players should be salivating at the thought of having Trumbo playing his home games at Coors Field.

Yes, Colorado just signed Ian Desmond with the intention of playing him at first, but if the Rockies can land Trumbo, they can shift Desmond to the outfield and make Gerardo Parra the fourth outfielder.

That would, without a doubt, give Colorado the most dangerous lineup in all of baseball and could make the Rockies a playoff contender in the NL West.

Baltimore Orioles: Signing Trumbo to a one-year deal last season worked out better than anyone could have imagined.

Clearly, the slugger likes hitting in Baltimore, so it makes sense to bring him back to Camden Yards.

The Orioles still have an opening for him, though the team recently pulled a four-year, $50 million dollar contract off the table. However, that doesn’t mean talks are dead between the two sides.

Oakland A’s: The A’s already have a power-hitting, right-handed corner outfielder in Khris Davis, but if they sign Trumbo, they could potentially work him into the DH mix as well.

Oakland is reportedly interested in the slugger, but he wouldn’t be a full-time player like he was in Baltimore.

Still, for a team looking to add some power, the A’s are targeting the right guy in Trumbo.