The AL East's best first baseman is...............Adrian Gonzalez!
Surprised? I didn't think so.
Gonzalez joined the Red Sox prior to 2011 campaign to the tune of some remarkably lofty expectations. Expectations he met and surpassed.
The former Padre hit a stunning .338, posted an OBP of .410, and a SLG of .548.
He did fail to reach the 30 home run mark for the first time in five years, but the improvements to his all around game, coupled by the fact that his 27 home runs remain impressive, makes Gonzalez's first go-around with the Sox his best season to date.
Gonzalez also supplanted Mark Teixeira as the American League Gold Glove winner at first base.
Because Gonzalez is the most complete hitter the division has to offer at first base, and because he is the position's most talented defensive player, he ranks as the overall best first baseman in the AL East heading into the 2012 season.
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