AL West Notes: Young, Mariners, A’s, Cantu

The Rangersdeal with Dominican teenager Jairo Beras created a stir today, since MLB and many of its clubs thought the prospect was 16 and therefore ineligible to sign. Here are more notes from the AL West…

  • Michael Young told’s T.R. Sullivan that he embraces his role as a utility player and wants to remain with the Rangers long-term. Young wanted out of Texas a year ago this time, but he had a big season at the plate in 2011 and appears to have settled into his new role. You’ll find him on MLBTR’s newly-released list of 2014 free agents.
  • Ken Griffey Jr. said he told GM Jack Zduriencik that he’d put in a good word for the Mariners if Prince Fielder asked him about Seattle this offseason, according to Larry Stone of the Seattle Times. In the end Fielder didn’t ask and Griffey left him alone. “Prince is his own man,” Griffey said. “You can't jeopardize relationships. If he had asked me about it, I would have talked about it.”
  • The Athletics want to take a real look at Josh Donaldson at third base and are unlikely to explore the free agent market for third basemen any time soon, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle tweets. Miguel Tejada has said he’d like the chance to return to Oakland, but a reunion seems unlikely.
  • Jorge Cantu’s contract with the Angels includes a May 1st opt-out date, Alden Gonzalez of tweets.

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10 Comments on "AL West Notes: Young, Mariners, A’s, Cantu"

3 years 5 months ago

i think the A’s should go ahead and bring someone in what happens if donaldson gets hurt or dont pan out dont you want everyone getting reps in spring tranning

Tony DiQuattro
3 years 5 months ago

“When you’re struggling to hit .200 in the last year of your deal, they’ll give you the opportunity to retire instead of waiving you,” Griffey said.

Wade Mac
3 years 5 months ago

Please god … bring Swisher to Atlanta.

3 years 5 months ago

Wrong article

3 years 5 months ago

If there were a God, I sometimes imagine him being like Michael Young.

3 years 5 months ago

Please sign Vlad Guerrero or Johny Damon in a Mariners uniform w/ the injury to Franklyn Gutierrez to compete in the division even w/o making the playoffs by finishing in second or third place.

3 years 5 months ago

Yeah, Vlad Guerrero or Johnny Damon sure would make all the difference.

3 years 5 months ago

It wouldn’t matter if Ken Griffey Jr. put in a good word to Fielder because the M’s ownership was never going to spend the money.

3 years 5 months ago

I have to think the A’s have some reluctance towards letting Cardenas go now that Sizemore is out for the season…

3 years 5 months ago

Cardenas is with the Cubs now.