Saturday, February 6, 2016

Red Sox Edge Out Tigers For AL "Hot Stove" Title

It's close, but it looks as if the Red Sox have slightly outdone the Detroit Tigers in the race to be the American League team to dominate the off-season. The Motor City franchise made some serious improvements to their benighted bullpen with Francisco Rodriguez and shored up their rotation with the addition of Jordan Zimmermann and Mike Pelfrey. And while Cameron Maybin is a very nice player, it was the acquisition of Justin Upton that really moved the Tigers into Central division contention. On the other hand, The Carmine Hose finally got a Number One starter in David Price—which completely transforms their rotation. Also, the pathetic 2015 bullpen has been overhauled—with Craig Kimbrel and Carson Smith taking pressure off Koji Uehara, Junichi Tazawa, and Robbie Ross. All in all, the Sox win the American League Hot Stove Crown.