AL) Albert Pujols– He’s motivated to show St. Louis and everybody else that his 10-year contract won’t become the disaster that A-Rod’s is, he’s completely healthy, and he’s been hitting the crap out of the ball all spring. Plus, by moving to the AL Pujols can use the DH spot to stay rested, stay healthy, and still be able to contribute offensively if he does get banged up. The Angels’ lineup is full of guys who are either marginal offensive players, aging, injury-prone, or a combination of those 3. If a few guys go down, Pujols is going to have to pick up the slack, and I expect he will do just that. He’s still the best hitter in baseball and at 32 he’s still got some elite-level years left in his bat. I say .320/.420/.590, .410 wOBA, 40 HR, 130 RBI, solid D at first base, and his 4th MVP award.
NL) Justin Upton– Pujols and Fielder have left the league, Braun is going to experience voter backlash from the drug test situation, and Matt Kemp is stuck on a crummy team.… Click here to read the rest