One player who needs to step up for each AL West squad in 2017

Underperforming aces highlight two teams’ biggest needs heading into the new season.

The AL West was a very competitive division in 2016, with the Texas Rangers turning in the American League’s best record and the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners just missing out on wildcard spots.

The division race should be tight again in 2017, but for that to happen, several key players are going to have to step up.

If the Los Angeles Angels and Oakland A’s want to take the next step toward playoff spots, they’ll also need better performances from important players. Continue reading “One player who needs to step up for each AL West squad in 2017”

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.