AL West Link Dump: Butler, Tomas, Cruz and Darvish


There has been a lot of news surrounding the AL West this week, with all five teams involved in offseason speculation. We know what the Astros have been up to, but what about the rest of the AL West? Here are some interesting articles from our colleagues at the sites of our competition.

The Mariners page, Sodo Mojo, has been focusing on what Seattle can do to land the big bat that they desperately needed in 2014. They have written about a few of them, so here is what they consider to be some solid options.

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The Mariners also believe they are still in the running for Yasmani Tomas, as this post indicates.

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For a look at how players currently under contract are performing, Dan Hughes, editor of Sodo Mojo, provides an update.

Next: Mariners Winter League Update

The Athletics made a splash last week with the acquisition of Billy Butler. Could this be a sign of things to come in Oakland?

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The A’s also acquired Ike Davis from the Pirates on Sunday, furthering speculation that someone will be traded soon.

Next: Athletics Add Ike Davis

The A’s page also has a podcast, which is on iTunes, or it can be found right here.

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What have the Angels been up to? Well, they acquired Daniel Robertson for starters.

Next: Angels Trade for Daniel Robertson

The Angels also stated that they plan to hang on to Howie Kendrick, who it was rumored they would consider shopping earlier this offseason.

Next: Halos Hanging on to Kendrick

With Ryan Vogelsong being a free agent, staff writer Brian Helberg speculates if he is a fit with the Angels.

Next: Could Ryan Vogelsong be the Answer in Anaheim?

Finally, we turn to the Texas Rangers. We are all expecting the Rangers to have a better showing in 2015, and this one proves that they think they could too.

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Yet, this piece shows that they may need to be smarter with their money.

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The Rangers may already be getting some bad news for 2015 as well.

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