Possible 1B Help—AL Division
Eric Chavez, Yankees
Plus: Can play both IF corners. Hitting well this season. Left-hander, with plus obp and power.
Negative: Back makes him iffy to count on over the course of many starts in a row.
Cost: C, RP
Russell Branyan, Yankees
Plus: LH slugger has a history of getting hot and carrying a team for a few weeks at the major league level. Major power.
Negative: He’s struck out about 5 million times and has a balky back.
Steve Pearce, Orioles
Plus: The former Pirate farmhand has power and a batting eye. He’s got a history of solid minor league play and doesn’t K too much. Very good obp as well. Career .294/ /371/ .523 minor league numbers. Pinch hitting and playing 1B for Baltimore right now, putting up league average numbers. RH.
Negative: Problem is, those are minor league numbers. He’s untested.
Mark Reynolds, Orioles
Plus: RH can play both corner IF spots. Good patience. Ideal Redszone lightning rod. Great power.
Negative: With great power comes great big numbers of Ks. He’s on the wrong side of a platoon as well. Not to mention the $7.5 million price tag.
Cost: Young pitching of all kinds.
Chris Davis, Orioles
Plus: LH can play both corner IF spots. Still relatively young, at 26. Good power
Negative: Don’t count on him hitting more than .250 or obp’ing more than .310.
Cost: Young pitching.
Lars Anderson, Red Sox
Plus: Young, at 24, with a prospect’s pedigree. LH displays a Sean Casey-like bat, with little power, but good obp. Lots of doubles. Could also play LF in a pinch.
Negative: Lack of BA in minors spells doom for many ‘tweeners. Because of prospect status, may be cost-prohibitive.
Cost: Relief pitching, young SP.
Adam Lind, Blue Jays
Plus: Veteran with power, history of starting. Can play LF as well. Very good HR power.
Negative: three-year history of below average production at an offensive position. Hasn’t shown ability to hit for average at all.
Dan Johnson, White Sox
Plus: Has a minor league history of flat-out murdering the ball. When given consistent PT, he’s produced above league average production.
Negative: Lack of BA. Age.
Brad Eldred, Tigers
Plus: Yeah, he’s 31, but he’s been mashing the minors for a decade now. Career OPS close to .900.
Negative: He’s 31.
Matt LaPorta, Indians
Plus: Has a history as a starting 1B. Still only 27. Decent league average stop gap.
Negative: Hasn’t been good in the majors since…well, since his last minor league stint four years ago.
Clint Robinson, Royals
Plus: His minor league career has proven he can hit. A ton. A metric ton, in fact. Tons of patience. Vey good power. Good eye, hitting tool.
Negative: Still in the minors. Unproven.
Cost: Starting pitching.