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2014 Outlook
« on: 11 Mar 2014 9:01:13 PM »
The 2013-14 offseason was less than optimal for the defending A.L. champs. Too many holes to fill paired with entering bidding wars with "will-not-back-down" counterparties proved costly. Enough bitching -

Rotation (ERA+):
Mat Latos 121
Jon Lester 112
Jered Weaver 117
Rick Porcello 97
Wade Davis 90

Not too bad here. Upsetting that my favorite sign of last offseason (Danks) will probably toil away on the reserve roster this year. Pretty bullish on Porcello. Thought Lester and Weaver were market value signs, so, happy not to have overpaid.

Bullpen (ERA+):
Jim Johnson 119
Pedro Strop 119
Scott Downs 113
Matt Thorton 105
Preston Claiborne 97
J.A. Happ 89
Adam Warren 90

Not that great of a pen. Pretty concerned that the sim is going to hate on Johnson and his low K #s. Happy to get Happ and Warren under team control for a few years. Big fan of that rule change.

Batters (OPS+, Def):
C: Geovany Soto 90 -1

1B: Adrian Gonzalez 120 8

2B: Freddy Galvis 80 7

3B: David Wright 130 1

SS: Chase D'Arnaud 73 0
      Rossell Herrera 88 -4

LF: Starling Marte 109 12

CF: Carlos Gomez 106 11

RF: Scott Hairston 102 -4

DH: Carlos Quentin 132 -5

C: Francisco Pena 67
1B/OF: Bryan LaHair (beast)
OF: Gorkys Hernandez (not beast)
OF: Roger Bernadina (shark)

Pretty happy with the starters outside of the absolute struggle it was to get a RF - Ryan Sweeney and David DeJesus be damned. Have some solid defense, good pop and zero bench. When Quentin inevitably gets injured this year, hopefully a combo of LaHair and Hairston can fill in while Bernadina/Gorkys man the OF.

Hoping for 90 wins and a playoff berth. Good luck everyone.