Juan Rivera will likely get his big chance in 2009 for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Preview for Season by chinmusic on Sunday 15 March 2009 at 12:18 pm

The Angels re-signed 30-year old righty swinger Juan Rivera to starter type money meaning he will likely get his big chance as the full time DH for the Angels in 2009. He played in 89 games for the Angels last season and he was 63 for 256 (.246 avg, .720 OPS) with 31 runs scored, 12 homers and 45 RBIs. He has played in 555 games in his major league career and he has a batting average of .284 with a .799 OPS so the Angels are expecting good numbers from him in 2009. Think 25 homers and 90+ RBIs as long as he plays full time.

Veterans Vladimir Guerrero, Bobby Abreu and Chone Figgins could get some at bats here as the Angels try to keep them healthy.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2009 SEASON: B

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