“There’s no way Paul Konerko is as bad in 2009 as he was in 2008,” sale jerseys Examiner JJ Stankevitz said. “I’m willing to chalk up his 2008 to a lot of bad luck and a hand injury that really hurt his performance in the first half of the season, so I think he can come back and hit 30 home runs this year”.

What worries me is that I’m not sure Owens will be able to simply hit the ball harder. His extra-base numbers in the minor leagues are not impressive: 24 in 2006, 13 in 2007, 12 in 2008 (all with AAA Charlotte). He may not have it in him to get 30+ extra base hits in a season, so if he’s going to stick for at least a year, he has to turn himself into an on-base machine.

16. Arizona Diamondbacks – The Diamondbacks looked like a playoff team until the second half of the season. They need to improve that starting rotation to be a true contender.