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Key MLB Players to Watch in Each Division Race

With Major League Baseball’s spring training well in progress, we can look ahead to the 2013 season with a bit of a clearer picture. Teams and players are slowly rounding into form, looking to get their regular seasons off to the right start.

The new divisional alignment will see teams facing opponents they’re not used to seeing on numerous occasions, meaning some tricky games could pop up and shake up divisional races. For teams that are in the thick of the title hunt, that’ll mean they need their players to step up.

Here are some of the players that will be key to winning each division. We’ll be selecting two from each division, so buckle up and let’s go.

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MLB Free Agents: Unsigned Players Who Would Transform a Team

With spring training starting to get underway, MLB teams will be closely examining their rosters to see who can make the biggest impact. However, there are still a number of players that remain free agents looking to make a difference for any of the 30 teams.

Names like Michael Bourn and Scott Hairston are now off the board. So who are some of the best players still available? Let’s take a look.


Kyle Lohse

For teams looking for another good starting pitcher for their rotations, then they should look no further than Kyle Lohse. The former St. Louis Cardinal has enjoyed two straight solid seasons, including a fantastic 2012 that saw him go 16-3 with a sub-3.00 ERA.

Lohse may not have overpowering stuff, but his last couple of years in St. Louis showed him to be a reliable source of good, consistent pitching. He gave up more than three runs just four times last year, and sported a 3.76 strikeout-to-walk ratio. His sinker has helped him keep balls in the yard as well.

Lohse may not be an elite starting pitcher, but he is one that definitely deserves to be in someone’s rotation in 2013.


Freddy Sanchez

A reliable position player still sits in free agency as well. Veteran second baseman Freddy Sanchez did not play in 2012 due to injury, but is seemingly back to full health and could be a valuable asset to many teams.

A former batting champ, Sanchez has always been a solid contact hitter. While me may not provide much power, his low strikeout rate is certainly appealing. He can also provide veteran leadership where it’s needed, for example, in places like Miami or Kansas City.


Brian Wilson

Yes, that Brian Wilson. The eccentric closer (and his beard) was non-tendered in the offseason, with the San Francisco Giants set to make Sergio Romo their full-time closer. Wilson missed most of 2012 after Tommy John surgery.

Returning from this surgery is always tricky to project, but Wilson’s history points to a guy who can make a big impact wherever he lands. He has the stuff, the confidence and the facial hair. All he needs is a jersey to put on.

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