AquaMan2342 wrote: GotowarMissAgnes wrote:
Another Blown Save wrote:He must have missed the news that Teix signed with the Yankees
Who have also lost Abreu and Giambi, and have 4 starters age 36 and older with significant chances of decline, collapse, or injury. Only one of those four have a credible backup on the bench.
But, both the Yanks and the Rays were almost half a run per game behind. Park adjustments narrow that, but still Boston had an OPS+ of 107, while NYY and TBR were at 101 and 99 respectively.
I'm not sure that either of them is the best lineup in their division, much less the entire AL.
Adding Tex and realizing that Cano's periphs point to a really unlucky year I believe outweighs the losses of Abreu and Giambi.
Rather than jusy cherry pick, go through the whole team. At catcher, you'd expect improvement, assuming you can get more games out of Posada. At 1B, improvement. At 2b, improvement. At SS, improvement, assuming Jeter stays healthy and rebounds. At 3B, about the same, as ARod was right on his career averages. At CF, an improvement, but only at significant cost to the defense. If you improve the defense with Gardner, then no improvement. At LF, a decline, as 2007 was Damon's almost his best year ever. At RF a decline, as none of Abreu's replacements match is offense. At DH, a decline, as Matsui's projections fall short of what the Yanks got last year. I see 5 improvements and 3 declines, but 2 of the improvements are quite health dependent and 1 of them relies on creating a gaping hole in a key defensive position. A better offense, in all likelihood, but not one that tops the AL, and unlikely to be one that tops Boston.
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