position battle

In Houston it’s a case of Gregerson vs. Giles for closer

Who will A.J. Hinch name as the Astros closer, Gregerson or Giles? By now we’ve all heard the story. Houston Astros’ reliever Luke Gregerson believes he deserves to keep the job as the team’s closer. This is despite the fact that the  Astros traded five pitchers,  including former number one overall draft pick Mark Appel, to acquire 25-year-old flamethrower Ken Giles from the Philadelphia Phillies to shore up their bullpen. The assumption, by most, being that he would act as the team’s closer in 2016. On Thursday, however, Gregerson had this to say to Astros’ beat writer for the Houston Chronicle […]


utility player, Chris Taylor

A position battle for utility player? You don’t see that everyday!

Who will be the Mariners’ utility player in 2016? Seattle Mariners’ new general manager Jerry Dipoto has done well at improving his team under some difficult circumstances. He was given limited funds, with most of the team’s money invested into just four players, a low-ranking farm system (meaning no viable prospects) and the task to turn the team into “win now” contenders in the American League. He turned over more than 40% of the team’s roster in his attempt to successfully complete his task. He’s also done so without making too many positions overcrowded. There will be a question of […]

Will the A’s have a position battle for first base this spring?

With five first basemen going into big league camp, who will play first base for the A’s in 2016? The Oakland Athletics are doing their own version of rebuilding. They are looking to bring back a fifth World Series trophy to Oakland and a tenth MLB Championship to the franchise in the near future. So far this season, vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane has rebuilt the bullpen – the A’s greatest source of woes last season – and brought in some new guys in the infield and for the starting rotation. However, the A’s are still going to […]