Season Preview: American League West
With Opening Day just about two weeks away and 25-man rosters starting to take shape, it seems as good a time as any to start to preview the upcoming season. For a change of pace, I’m going to run with a bit of a different format this year and view things one division at a time.
We’ll cover each division in no particular order. We started with the NL West. Since the Oakland A’s and Seattle Mariners open the season this week with a two game series in Japan, let’s take a look at the AL West next.
Top 5 Moves Since Last Season:
1. Los Angeles signs first baseman Albert Pujols to a ten year, $240 Million free agent contract.
2. Texas wins the right to negotiate with Yu Darvish via the posting system with a bid of $51,703,411. Texas signs Darvish to a six year, $56 Million contract.
3. Los Angeles signs left-hander C.J. Wilson to a five year, $77.5 Million free agent contract.
MVP – Albert Pujols (Nelson Cruz)
Rookie of the Year – Jesus Montero (Yu Darvish)
- Los Angeles
All Division Team:
Finally, let’s close things out with my pre-2012 All Division Team*. Eligible candidates consist of each team’s projected starter heading into Opening Day. We’ll revisit these lists again once the season concludes.
* Honorable mentions in parentheses.
1B: Albert Pujols (Justin Smoak)
3B: Adrian Beltre (None. All three other teams in the division have serious holes at the position.)
RF: Nelson Cruz (Ichiro Suzuki)
CF: Peter Bourjos (Yoenes Cespedes)
DH: Jesus Montero (Kendrys Morales)