AL West Heavyweights Uncharacteristically Quiet
The Winter Meetings are underway in San Diego, and AL West teams – which have been a major focus of meetings past – are likely looking to make smaller moves this time around:
The Angels won’t be making a Pujolsian-like splash at this year’s meetings. They are seeking some complementary pieces here and there, including a middle infielder, backup catcher and reliever. “It’s been on the refreshing side to being looking under the hood rather than in the showroom,” general manager Jerry Dipoto said. “We’re pretty excited about our team, the overall quality and the depth and balance.”
Like the Angels, the Mariners have been a major focus of recent Winter Meetings (Robinson Cano just last year). After signing Nelson Cruz already, Seattle is still in the market for an outfielder (Matt Kemp or Justin Upton, for example).
The Rangers are targeting a pitcher – but not the biggest of big-name free agent pitchers. Instead, they apparently want Andrew Cashner, who has two years left before free agency but has told friends he would like to go to Texas.
After missing out on Andrew Miller, the Astros are still looking to spend on a reliever. The usual suspects are included in this story.
And the Oakland A’s? Well, they’ve already moved Josh Donaldson and seem to be ready to move Jeff Samardzija and Brandon Moss.