Last week we took a look at five teams that improved their pitching staffs and with Opening Day on the horizon it’s time to give the teams that beefed up on offense some love.
Here are five teams that bolstered their offensive prowess in the offseason:
Atlanta Braves (14/1 to win World Series)
2012 over/under record: 67-88-7
Key additions: Justin Upton, B.J. Upton
The Braves have been a classic under play for decades because of their stellar pitching, but this year Atlanta could make some noise with its bats. The Braves added a pair of Uptons to their outfield to bolster an offense that averaged only 4.32 runs per game last campaign. Freddie Freeman and Jason Heyward are no longer the new kids on the block and could be poised for breakout offensive seasons.
Cleveland Indians (70/1 to win World Series)
2012 over/under record: 78-77-1
Key additions: Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn, Drew Stubbs
Speed will be the name of the game in Cleveland this year. Michael Bourn and Drew Stubbs combined to steal 72 bags last season and Nick Swisher should provide some pop in the middle of the lineup for a team that blasted only 136 home runs (25th) a year ago.
Toronto Blue Jays (12/1 to win World Series)
2012 over/under record: 77-77-8
Key additions: Jose Reyes, Melky Cabrera
The Jays now have legitimate leadoff hitter after acquiring Jose Reyes and if the gamble on Melky Cabrera pays off, Toronto could be lighting up scoreboards this season.
Philadelphia Phillies (25/1 to win World Series)
2012 over/under record: 83-73-6
Key additions: Ben Revere, Michael Young
have hampered the Phillies’ ability to score runs in recent years, but
when healthy, they can pile on runs in a hurry. Speedster Ben Revere was
picked up to replace the departed Shane Victorino and Michael Young’s
experienced bat in the middle of the lineup should protect up-and-comer
Los Angeles Angels (7/1 to win World Series)
2012 over/under record: 75-78-9
Key addition: Josh Hamilton
There are only a handful of players in the bigs that can dramatically change the offensive dynamic of a team and one of those players is Josh Hamilton. The 2010 AL batting champion will get to flex his muscles in the middle of the order alongside Albert Pujols, creating a nightmarish one-two punch for opposing hurlers to deal with.