Offseason Questions For The AL West

With all the offseason reviews completed, we're asking a few questions of every team.  The AL West is on the hot seat this time.


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43 Comments on "Offseason Questions For The AL West"


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halosphan
5 years 3 months ago

The first question is ridiculous. Bobby Abreu proved his worth last year first of all, both what he did on the field and off (Figgins, Aybar, Izturiz, Napoli and now hopefully Wood all benefit from Abreu’s philosophy). Second, Pineiro is not there to replace Lackey. He is there to replace Palmer/O’Sullivan/Ortega/Bell or whoever was thrown into the fifth spot. The question is can Santana, Kazmir or Weaver replace John Lackey. Come on now man.

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BentoBox
5 years 3 months ago

The Angels don’t need Pineiro to replace Lackey. Pineiro is their 5th starter. Weaver, Kazmir, Santana, Saunders and Pineiro. Pretty solid rotation .

Guest
5 years 3 months ago

Are we tired of explaining that to people yet? I hope Piniero actually does have a better year than Lackey so we can cram it in all these people’s faces.

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fitz
5 years 3 months ago

This might actually happen… if Lackey’s arm falls off his body.

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WasianCU
5 years 3 months ago

Or if Lackey keeps his arm and they just pitch the same as last season…..

Lackey: 176.1 IP, 3.83 ERA, 11-8, 139 K, 1.27 Whip, 47 BB, 75, ER
Pineiro: 214.0 IP, 3.49 ERA, 15-12, 105 K, 1.14 Whip, 27 BB, 83 ER.

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MarinerFanSince1979woot
5 years 3 months ago

Pretty solid rotation? I think not. Weaver (apparently their Ace) only won 16 games last year. Santana and Saunders and Piniero are health risks and Kazmir still has to re-prove himself after having a down year the last couple of years. Don’t tell me that the Angels have a pretty solid rotation.

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ryankrol
5 years 3 months ago

I think the only way this debate will be solved is to look back in October. 15-12 and 11-8 makes no difference. But Lackey is healthy now. Piniero has to prove he can repeat 2009. But then again, the Angels had 3/5 of their rotation out to start 2009, 2 of the 3 came back, and the rotation ended up being one of the best at full strength in August and September; Lackey wasn’t was probably the least consistent during that stretch. And they won 97 games…

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Sinatrasratack
5 years 3 months ago

Pinero is not replacing Lackey, Pinero is replacing the career minor leaguers that kept rolling through the #5 spots all year long because of injuries and the death of Nick Adenhart, Kazmir is almost like an offseason move. He was a great pitcher since the trading deadline and it is him that the Angels are asking to replace Lackey—as other have stated… Also loosing Figgins isn’t a huge loss, he had a career year and got paid for it and good for him, however speed starts to slip as you get older.

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Guest
5 years 3 months ago

The M’s are totally wasting Figgy’s value by putting him at 2nd.

I mean if Lopez can become a semi average defender at 3rd, I suppose it will work out.

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derail76
5 years 3 months ago

but Figgins dosent have the Power to play 3rd either. Even if Figgins plays perfect defense, he still isnt a prototypical 3rd baseman. Neither is Lopez. Everybody keeps saying the Mariners are so much better this year, they are, but they arent good enough to beat the Angels or even the Rangers, in my opinion.

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ryankrol
5 years 3 months ago

What is prototypical 3rd baseman? In fact, what’s the difference? Who cares? The Angels won 97 games with Figgins there. And 3B is as shallow as its been in years. It just happened to be a power position, for the most part, since the 1950s. Whether any position is a power position is relative to trends. As long as your offense gets enough run production, it doesn’t matter what position the power comes from. Are we going to move Ian Kinsler from 2B now?

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derail76
5 years 3 months ago

The Angels had better options for the MI thna Figgins, so Figgins had no other place to play. 3rd base has been a hole since Glaus left. The Angels didnt win with Figgins there, they won despite Figgins being there. Brandon Wood fits the “prototype” much more if he hits like advertised.If a “trend” lasts 50+ years, it becomes the norm. The great thing about Kinsler is the fact that he is putting up those numbers from 2nd. Its what made guys like Jeff Kent so valuable. Besides, why would you have Kinsler play third when you have Michael Young?

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Sinatrasratack
5 years 3 months ago

The Harden move in Texas can be the move of the year… high upside and didn’t have to commit a lot and he has something to prove. We could look back at the end of the season and say that was the best move.
Also if Texas is out of it he would be a great trade bait to a contending team, smart of Texas

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WasianCU
5 years 3 months ago

I agree that at the end of the season this could look like a great signing, either from the season he has or his trade value midway. Of course spring training stats don’t really mean much, but if his 8.87 ERA this spring continues on through the season then the 7.5 million guaranteed could hurt but probably was worth the risk for his upside.

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BentoBox
5 years 3 months ago

Couple more questions for the Angels :
*Will Brandon Wood finally live up to his potential ?
*Will Scioscia play Mike Napoli everyday ?
Plus, its going to be interesting how the Mariners will play this year.

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MarinerFanSince1979woot
5 years 3 months ago

I agree. I won’t count the M’s in as winning it all yet as they still need to prove that heavy defense and limited offense will work, and we need Rowland-Smith, Snell, Fister, Vargas, or Bedard or all five to step up and make a solid move with their consistency and dominance.

But I am liking what I see so far.

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Guest
5 years 3 months ago

Napoli isn’t going to play everyday.

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MarinerFanSince1979woot
5 years 3 months ago

I agree. I won’t count the M’s in as winning it all yet as they still need to prove that heavy defense and limited offense will work, and we need Rowland-Smith, Snell, Fister, Vargas, or Bedard or all five to step up and make a solid move with their consistency and dominance.

But I am liking what I see so far.

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derail76
5 years 3 months ago

Napoli wont play everyday.. ever heard of Jeff Mathis?