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Angels RF Josh Hamilton
Houston Astros: DH Carlos Pena
(.208/.313/.361, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 12 R)
With their move to the American League, the Astros employ a DH for the first time this season, and they signed Pena to a one-year, $2.9 million deal to provide some punch in the middle of the Astros lineup.
He hasn't hit over .230 since the 2008 season, but he has managed a .324 on-base percentage and .781 OPS over that span. The Astros aren't going anywhere this season, but getting some proven veteran production out of the middle of their lineup wouldn't hurt.
Los Angeles Angels: RF Josh Hamilton
(.225/.281/.350, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 9 R)
After a disappointing 2012 in which the Angels missed the postseason, the team again spent big in the offseason, with the big contract going to Hamilton. He got $125 million over five years.
Much like Albert Pujols last year, Hamilton opened his Angels career with a thud, going 1-for-20 over the team's first five games. He's hitting .283/.308/.450 in the 15 games since, so things have gotten better, but he still has a ways to go to be worth $25 million.
Oakland Athletics: RF Josh Reddick
(.161/.254/.274, 1 HR, 12 RBI, 8 R)
Acquired in the trade that sent Andrew Bailey to the Red Sox last offseason, Reddick was one of the surprise stars of 2012 hitting in the middle of the A's lineup.
He hit 32 home runs and also won a Gold Glove in right field, and the 26-year-old looked to be a star in the making. He's gone just 10-for-62 to open the season, though. He has been bumped down to the No. 7 spot in the lineup for the time being.
Seattle Mariners: C Jesus Montero
(.208/.232/.283, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 2 R)
The Mariners shipped promising right-hander Michael Pineda to the Yankees last offseason to acquire Montero, who was one of baseball's top offensive prospects.
Expected to be a front-runner for AL Rookie of the Year honors, he hit just .260/.298/.386 with 15 home runs and 62 RBI. Still just 23, he has time to turn into the player everyone expects him to be, but so far it's not looking good for 2013.
Texas Rangers: LF David Murphy
(.195/.235/.338, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 7 R)
Calling Murphy a star may be a stretch, but after he hit .304/.380/.479 with 15 home runs in just 457 at-bats last season, the team expected him to step up in an expanded role this season.
Slotted in the No. 5 spot in the team's lineup, Murphy was expected to help ease the loss of Josh Hamilton and others. Instead, he's off to a terrible start, and the team may need to consider dropping him down in the lineup soon.