Commentary

Angels, Yanks have big holes to fill

Originally Published: February 6, 2009
By Jay Jaffe | Baseball Prospectus

Perhaps the never-ending stream of grim financial news is causing teams to shy away from spending money if they think they can avoid it. Perhaps bad contracts are already hamstringing some payrolls. Or perhaps certain general managers have donned rose-tinted glasses to view half-baked solutions to problems that may well quash their bids for contention. Guided by the recently released PECOTA projections, here are five contenders who still have major holes.

Angels: First Base (Kendry Morales)
We've already hammered the Halos over this, but it bears repeating: you can't plug Morales into the gaping hole left by Mark Teixeira's departure and expect what was already a below-average offense (4.7 runs per game, "good" for 10th in the AL) to pick up the slack.