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What We Said: “Morneau was hitting .345 with 18 homers in July 2010 when a concussion knocked him out for the rest of that season. He hasn’t been the same since, hitting .233 in 103 games while battling other injury problems in 2011 and 2012. But he’s hit five homers since coming off the disabled list a couple weeks ago _ a sore right wrist was keeping him out that time. At 31, Morneau should still have some productive at-bats left if he’s finally healthy again.”

What Happened: Morneau finished with a .267 average and 19 homers _ and he stayed pretty healthy for the rest of the season. He has one year left on his contract, and still a lot to prove in terms of durability and productivity.



What We Said: “The last-place Red Sox could use more from Gonzalez than a .267 average and four homers, but he does have 18 doubles, so there’s still plenty of pop in that bat. Last year Gonzalez hit .347 at Fenway Park, but a majority of his homers came on the road. Perhaps that should be the expectation going forward.”

What Happened: Gonzalez was traded from Boston to Los Angeles in August, but he picked up the pace with the bat as the season progressed. He hit .314 from June 1 on, finishing the year at .299 with 18 homers and 108 RBIs.