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The Jays and Yankees dominate the first base position within the A.L. East. There’s no doubt about that. Hanley Ramirez can’t be the answer there for the Red Sox long-term, but there’s really no where else to put him. It would be interesting to see if they could deal him and sign Chris Davis, but that’s a long shot considering his salary and makeup. The Rays are sound with Loney there and recently added Morrison who can DH as well.
Side Notes: The situation gets worse for the Red Sox when they play without the DH since they’re forced to use David Ortiz or go without his bat for the majority of the game. On the flip side, all of the three top options for the Blue Jays have the ability to play above-average at first base, giving them plenty of depth to mitigate injuries and still getting a great bat regardless of which one is playing each day. As for the O’s, they may be able to bring back Davis which would move them up significantly, but at this point it could go either way.
Ranking: 1. Teixeira, 2. Colabello, 3. Ramirez, 4. Loney, 5. TBD
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