A return to form in 2012
Signs point to these three All-Stars restoring their luster in 2012
- AP Photo/Charles Krupa2011 was frustrating for Carl Crawford, but he should bounce back in 2012.
Last week, we looked at a group of key players whose expected regression in 2012 could pose problems for their team's chances of contention. However, there's a flip side to that same coin. Today, we'll look at a few players whose performance could see a nice rebound, improving their team's odds even if they don't make a big splash this winter.
The most obvious candidate for this kind of comeback is Crawford. The Red Sox pricey new outfielder set career lows in nearly every meaningful category last year, and his overall performance was worth just 0.2 WAR, as his numbers were right in line with what you'd expect from a random Triple-A player earning the league minimum.
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