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Sunday 17th Dec 2017

trout CATCHER: Martin Maldanado is the lead receiver with Carlos Perez his understudy.

 INFIELD: Andrelton Simmons has emerged as one of the top all-around shortstops in the   league. C.J. Cron and Luis Valbuena have experience at the corners, but neither has   played a full season so an upgrade is possible. Second is open with stopgap Brandon   Phillips leaving for free agency.

 OUTFIELD: Solid trio of Justin Upton, Mike Trout and Kole Calhoun are a strength of the   team.

DESIGNATED HITTER: Albert Pujols is earmarked for the Halos DH until 2021 as it appears his days playing first base are over, save for inter-league games and emergencies.

BENCH: Jefry Marte is an intriguing reserve in deep leagues since he can back up both infield corners and dabble in the outfield. Kaleb Cowart can move around the infield as well. There isn't much in the way of outfield depth, though the starting troika rarely sits.

garrett richardsROTATION: Garrett Richards looked good in September and could be the opening day starter barring an acquisition. JC Ramirez and Matt Shoemaker are slated for mid-rotation spots with injury-riddled Tyler Skaggs, Parker Bridwell and Andrew Heaney battling to round out the staff.

BULLPEN: Blake Parker and Cam Bedrosian could duke it out in the spring for ninth inning honors. Kenyan Middleton and Jose Alvarez are capable set up men.

PROSPECTS TO WATCH: He;s not a top prospect, but depending what the club does at first base, and how well Cron hits, Matt Thaiss could debut in the second half. Other than that, the cupboard is rather bare.

POSSIBLE ACQUISITIONS: At minimum, a second baseman is likely to be signed. Another corner infielder could be brought in as well along with an outfielder and maybe even a starting pitcher.

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