Monday, December 6, 2010

Other Major League Signings

The Major Leagues next season will have a couple of faces in different places come opening day. The Red Sox have just agreed in principle to trade 4 prospects for Padres 1st Basemen and slugger Adrian Gonzalez. Also just today, it looks like the Orioles have acquired Arizona Diamondbacks 3rd Basemen and slugger Mark Reynolds for the same scenario

The Red Sox signed Gonzalez after failing to sign Werth and in need of new talent. The Red Sox failed to make the playoffs this season after great seasons by the Yankees and Rays. Also the Blue Jays had a good run going  but blew it at the end. The Red Sox also picked up some big names last year in Adrian Beltre and John Lackey but still could not make the playoffs.

As for the Orioles. They have not have a good season in a very long time. They lack the money, players, fans, and the will to make a playoff run. They have been on the bottom of the wins list for the last decade and are just a depressing team to watch. I'm sure the Yankees AAA team would be able to defeat the Orioles. Hopefully for them, Reynolds brings something to the plate for them this season and returns to All Star form.

This season was not Reynolds best. He struck out a MLB record 233 times in '09. This season he struck out 22 times fewer but still that is still not good. He had only 99 hits this season so do the math yourself. On the bright side he hit 32 home runs and knocked in 85 RBI's. This also was in the NL West which does not nearly compare itself to the AL East. When Reynolds will have to deal with CC, Price, and Beckett I'm sure his stats will slump even more.

Now to Gonzalez. He has just been getting better every season and it is a shame he had to do it for the Padres. Now with a team that can pitch, hit, and compete look for his stats to rise. This season he batted .298 with 31 Home Runs and 101 RBI's all of these stats are remarkable and without great seasons from Pujols and Votto he could have been the MVP.

Both players will look to make both teams improve and will be playing each other many times throughout the course of the season because they play in the same division. Good luck to both of them but still I'm sure my Yankees will take care of business.

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