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Off-Season Moves
Paul Gutierrez
March 23, 1998
WHAT THEY NEEDED: Proven starters, a slugger at DH and a middle infielder.
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March 23, 1998

Off-season Moves

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WHAT THEY NEEDED: Proven starters, a slugger at DH and a middle infielder.

WHAT THEY GOT: Ex-Yankee Cecil Fielder is big and strong, but don't big and strong guys usually hit more than the 13 home runs he had last season? New pitchers Omar Olivares and William VanLandigham provide as many questions as answers. Randy Velarde and Phil Nevin shore up the infield.

WHAT IT ALL MEANS: If Fielder is more that than fat, his bat could juice up an already potent offense. But with Mark Langston gone and Chuck Finley old and Ken Hill coming off a mediocre year, this team is still probably two arms away from being a contender. Makes you wonder why Disney wasn't willing to spend a little money on a quality starter.

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