Strong and subpar starts
In the regular season, the Wild used a platoon of Dwayne Roloson and Manny Fernandez in goal. Should they pick a No. 1 guy for the playoffs?
Updated: April 17, 2003, 5:58 PM ETBy Corey Roberts, STATS, Inc.
Players changing teams during the winter is nothing new in the major leagues. General managers constantly are looking to make moves in an effort to improve their squads for the next season. However, getting all those new pieces to fit together into a smooth-running unit can be a major hurdle. Moving to a new city and meeting new teammates can be hard on a player both physically, and especially mentally. Boston, led by young general manager Theo Epstein, is one of the teams that jumped head first into the offseason player scramble. So far, the BoSox are getting mixed results from their offensive additions. Jeremy Giambi (acquired via trade) and David Ortiz (free agent) are having a hard time getting accustomed to their new zip code, as the two have combined for just four hits in their first 42 at-bats. With both players splitting time at the same positions and not starting on a daily basis, neither has been able to get into a groove at the plate. In fact, among those players who changed teams since the final out of the 2002 World Series and have made at least 20 plate appearances in 2003, Giambi and Ortiz currently sport the lowest batting averages.