Ranking the American League East: Who has the best first baseman?
As Buck Showalter began preparing the Orioles for the 2013 season, he made clear to them the No. 1 priority.
Showalter says he put the names of the other four teams in the American League East on the board down in Sarasota, Fla., and told his players that they can forget about everything else -- the primary objective is to find a way to finish above the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays in the standings.
As part of that, the manager told his players to look at the guys in the division at their specific position and find a way to be better than them.
So, how does the division -- likely the deepest in baseball -- stack up from position to position? This spring we're giving you an opportunity to vote for who has the edge at each spot.
Today, a look at the first baseman.
(If you missed our first poll on the catchers, click here.)
-- David Selig
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Baltimore Orioles - Chris Davis
By now you know the storyline for Chris Davis. He had a breakout season offensively in 2012, leading the Orioles with 33 homers and 85 RBIs in his first year as an everyday player.
But he lost his job defensively at first base early in the year.
Penciled in to be the regular starter at first after the departure of Mark Reynolds, Davis has made his fielding a point of emphasis this offseason. Can he improve there, and will that dedication to defense affect his hitting at all?