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There’s no controversy about which team has the best RF in the A.L. East as Jose “the flip” Bautista leads the way. Behind him we find the power of Souza who missed some time to injury, and the complete game of breakout candidate Castillo. Beltran takes the last spot but may be replace by Gardner if Ellsbury shifts to LF and Hicks is able to take over CF. In that case, he still winds up last of the 4 so it doesn’t change much. The Orioles, meanwhile, have a lot of work to do in the OF if they’re going to compete in 2016. Look for them to be extremely active on the FA market.
Side Note: The Orioles don’t have a valid RF in their roster and they certainly don’t have anyone at the upper level of the minors waiting to step in. Of all the A.L. East teams, they need to invest big time in their lineup or they’re going to plummet in the standings like a lead weight. They are apparently taking a long hard look at Ah-seop Son of South Korea.
Ranking: 1. Bautista, 2. Souza, 3. Castillo, 4. Beltran (Gardner), 5. TBD
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