AL West Notes: Dipoto, Hamilton, Mariners, Beane

Here's the latest news and notes out of the AL West…

  • The Angels have reached their payroll limit and any further moves will have to come via the trade market, GM Jerry Dipoto tells Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles.  Dipoto says the club would need "a fairly compelling reason" to trade either Kendrys Morales or Mark Trumbo, but "there are scenarios you could envision."
  • Dipoto tells Mike DiGiovanna of the L.A. Times that the Angels' signing of infielder Jorge Cantu isn't a sign that the Halos have new concerns about the health of either Morales or Trumbo.
  • Josh Hamilton's hard-nosed style of play (and subsequent injuries) will make it hard for the outfielder to earn top dollar either in free agency or from an extension with the Rangers, writes MLB.com's Lyle Spencer.
  • The Mariners recently turned down inquiries about Felix Hernandez and Michael Pineda from Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.  This doesn't really represent a failed attempt for Anthopoulos since, as Rosenthal explains, the Toronto GM "routinely asks about the best players on every team. He almost always is told no."
  • The Mariners have addressed most of their offseason wish list, notes MLB.com's Greg Johns, except their biggest need: an impact bat.  Johns says there has been no indication that the biggest name the M's have been connected to this winter, Prince Fielder, has any interest in coming to Seattle.
  • Bruce Jenkins of the San Francisco Chronicle finds it "astounding" that Billy Beane is remaining with the Athletics through this latest rebuilding period, but the A's GM isn't just looking ahead to the club's potential move to San Jose.  "I'm too competitive to 'punt' anything," Beane said. "It's not part of my DNA. I've got an emotional investment in this team, and if we're playing in Oakland, then let's make the best of the situation. I don't leave for clear skies as soon as I start seeing the clouds. I keep thinking something will get better."


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48 Comments on "AL West Notes: Dipoto, Hamilton, Mariners, Beane"


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vtadave
3 years 6 months ago

AA: “Would you deal Kemp?”

NC: “Got any mediocre infielders?”

AA: “Well, sort of dealt some of them to the Dbacks last year.”

Dial tone….

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melonis_rex
3 years 6 months ago

AA: “We got some proven veteran gritty relievers if you’re interested though! Ned… Ned…” 

Guest
3 years 6 months ago

Bruce Jenkins is a disgusting pro-Giants hack who hates the A’s being in Oakland. 

Member
3 years 6 months ago

Calm down.

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melonis_rex
3 years 6 months ago

He’d hate San Jose more. 

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Snoochies8
3 years 6 months ago

very true, plus he has no idea what he’s talking about usually when it comes to baseball. this was the one readable piece about baseball he’s written in a loooooong time. 

dude still places value in freaking wins for gods sake

from what i’ve seen on here about bob elliot from toronto fans, i’d say bruce jenkins is seriously at that low of a level…

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RepOak
3 years 6 months ago

That’s very true!

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phillipmike
3 years 6 months ago

AA never goes away… GMs must find him annoying but end up dealing with him because he always gets them what they want. But i am sure Blue Jays fans love him. 

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Coollet
3 years 6 months ago

I dont like this AA fellow, he seems to continually pull the wool over poor unsuspecting GMs. But i do love my avatar, i cant help but get lost in his gaze. Must…do..whatever..he says…

edit: this will really get Angry3 … well … angry.

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Encarnacion's Parrot
3 years 6 months ago

Better to ask and get rejected, than to not ask and find out *Rizzo gets traded for a fairly low return.

*prime example of what could happen.

There was a rumor that the Jays offered Kyle Drabek, Travis Snider, Henderson Alvarez, Anthony Gose and JP Arencibia, but I doubt that actually happened.

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NYPOTENCE
3 years 6 months ago

Only difference is Rizzo is a prospect and Could be a great player in the future

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Encarnacion's Parrot
3 years 6 months ago

But was the key player in the trade, like Felix would be.

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Lunchbox45
3 years 6 months ago

I’m sure that was just a rumour. but boy would that have been a brutal trade.

jays have no position player depth, trading anyone off the current starting roster just doesn’t work.

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Chillin_in_California
3 years 6 months ago

If the A’s go through another rebuilding phaseand trade Weeks and anybody else who is good then I am through with the Oakland triple A’s. Worst ownership in all of sports. All their games next year should be boycotted. If you do go to a game wear a paperbag over your head and heckle Lew Wolf

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RepOak
3 years 6 months ago

Ya so original, what good is that going to do..

Guest
3 years 6 months ago

never understood the whole “don’t trade Weeks” thing. He and his brother never seem to be healthy. If someone offers a king’s ransom, why not sell high? slapping a single, then stealing 2nd does no good, when the rest of the team doesn’t have the skill to drive you in.

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Rangersfan32
3 years 6 months ago

Their games aren’t already boycotted? I figured that’s why they averaged 50 fans a game..

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Snoochies8
3 years 6 months ago

partly the fans not liking ownership, partly we just haven’t had an exciting team since 06 (09 was exciting before the season, then the a’s started crapping out), and partly because the stadium is a dump

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JacksTigers
3 years 6 months ago

I think that Hamilton will get about $12MM-$16MM per year with something around a three or four year contract. I don’t think that anyone would give him much more due to his injuries.

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Rangersfan32
3 years 6 months ago

I agree, but I got jumped on for claiming this yesterday. Hamilton isn’t a guy who just seeks money. He wants to stay in Texas. And while he doesn’t want to be cheated and get a small contract, he isn’t going to demand too much. I could see Texas and Hamilton settling in the 3-4 yr, 16-20 mill range

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Backup_Slider
3 years 6 months ago

The elephant in the room is his pretty severe history of substance abuse. Wrongly or rightly, that too has to factor into any club’s decision about whether to make a long-term investment in his future.

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oz10
3 years 6 months ago

There will be a stipulation in his contract regarding that so it is no big deal in the contract aspect.

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melonis_rex
3 years 5 months ago

Make drug testing part of the contractual agreement, giving the Rangers or whoever signs him the power to void the contract if he tests positive in any drug test, gets any drug-related suspensions, or is found guilty on any new drug charges. The team can subject him to periodic drug testing.

If he’s legitimately clean and sober, it’ll be a non-issue. 

Other players’ contracts have stipulated against harmful/high injury risk baseball activities (even legal ones).