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a modest proposal ...
Not getting enough runners on base to sustain an above-average middle of the order has proved costly to the Angels over the past two seasons, as has getting production from the corners. Playing Casey Kotchman (left) at first base can help fix both of those problems. Kotchman, 24, has a career .406 OBP in six seasons in the Angels' farm system and might have been a key part of last year's team had a case of mononucleosis, which went undiagnosed for seven months and slowed his recovery, not felled him. Unlike most of the Angels, Kotchman has a patient approach at the plate, which would make him an attractive option in the number 2 slot hitting behind Chone Figgins. Even if manager Mike Scioscia believes Kotchman belongs lower in the lineup, he needs to make sure the rookie gets at least 450 at bats.
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