AL West Notes: Crisp, Martin, Kuo, Luetge

Mike Napoli could bring a bit of added intensity to the plate when he faces C.J. Wilson this season.  Wilson recently posted Napoli's phone number on Twitter, a response to an alleged comment made by Napoli about how he was looking forward to homering off of Wilson this season.  Napoli was not amused by the joke and, though he didn't recall making the initial statement, vowed to indeed try and take Wilson yard.  Eighty years after Babe Ruth hit his famous "called shot" in the World Series, if Napoli does indeed homer off of Wilson this season, can we call it the Prank Called Shot?

Some (more serious) news from around the AL West…

  • Coco Crisp said he wouldn't have re-signed with the Athletics had he known he was going to be moved to left field, reports USA Today's Bob Nightengale.  Yoenis Cespedes will start the year as Oakland's center fielder, and Crisp said the promise of the center field job was one of the reasons he signed with the A's over the Rays, who couldn't promise Crisp regular time in center due to B.J. Upton's presence.  Crisp did say that he was glad to be back with the A's and, in regards to the position switch, says he has to "go out here and just accept it."
  • The Rangers feel Leonys Martin needs more development and are "concerned about [his] lack of instincts," tweets Jim Bowden of MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM, though the club still recognizes his talent.  The Cuban outfielder signed a five-year, $15.5MM deal with Texas last May and hit .295/.362/.421 in 343 minor league PAs, going all the way from rookie ball to an eight-plate appearance cup of coffee with the Rangers in September.
  • Hong-Chih Kuo was released earlier today by the Mariners, though if the southpaw clears waivers, Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times believes the M's could re-sign Kuo to a minor league contract.
  • Also from Condotta, the Mariners are still figuring out what to do with Lucas Luetge, a left-handed reliever taken from the Brewers in last winter's Rule 5 draft.  Kuo's release could help Luetge find a spot in the Mariners' bullpen, though the M's also have Charlie Furbush, Cesar Jimenez and George Sherrill competing for roles as left-handed relief options.
  • For some news about the Angels, check this compilation of Los Angeles Notes from earlier tonight on MLBTR.


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26 Comments on "AL West Notes: Crisp, Martin, Kuo, Luetge"


Snoochies8
3 years 5 months ago

ouch coco…well, good news for you! good chance you may be on another team come the deadline

edit: plus, we have plenty of outfield depth to move you and not be worried

diesel2410
3 years 5 months ago

We don’t want you anyways Cocoa Puffs

Guest
3 years 5 months ago

No wonder Hanley has been looking forward to playing third recently, he really is in Oakland under the name “Coco Crisp”…

3 years 5 months ago

My guess: Cespedes won’t stick in the majors, he needs work on the sliders and changeups in AAA. Coco will be back in center within a month. 

3 years 5 months ago

The Rangers signed the wrong Cuban center fielder.  They should have signed Cespedes.

gmenfan
3 years 5 months ago

Yeah, CoCo, “go out there and just accept it.” And by “it,” I mean the $15M that Oakland is going to pay you to do the same job you always do, only 100 feet to your right.

As was said though, you’ll soon enough be flipped for a C level prospect or two and someone else on Oakland’s never ending line of outfield prospects will take your spot.

Snoochies8
3 years 5 months ago

actually, i think coco could bring in a decent prospect if (huge IF) he shows he can stay healthy considering a) he’s under control for 2 years with a third year option and b) he’s a game changer on the basepaths (which i don’t say often..actually, this is my first time saying it) and still one of the better defensive CF’s

Rashomon
3 years 5 months ago

I would love to see a Coco to the Nats trade. Unless they really want to sign Upton next year, I would do it.

Snoochies8
3 years 5 months ago

I bet he’d accept a trade to the nationals, he’d be a good placeholder while harper develops at AAA, or they could move morse to 1b and keep harper at a corner. Just let coco prove he’s healthy and he could be had, maybe for an ok low tier arm or two, someone like paul demmy

Rashomon
3 years 5 months ago

What about Lannan? Aren’t they looking to move him? I think the A’s could use a fifth starter until Braden gets better and then you don’t have to bring Parker up right now.

Snoochies8
3 years 5 months ago

i’m pretty sure the a’s are going with a four man rotation until braden comes back (aiming for april 16ish). then he’ll slide into the #3 spot. for now, they’re going with mccarthy-colon-milone-ross/godfrey, parker was just sent down to AAA today. although i personally would like them to get lannan, almost even on the money too.

Snoochies8
3 years 5 months ago

i’m pretty sure the a’s are going with a four man rotation until braden comes back (aiming for april 16ish). then he’ll slide into the #3 spot. for now, they’re going with mccarthy-colon-milone-ross/godfrey, parker was just sent down to AAA today. although i personally would like them to get lannan, almost even on the money too.

Rashomon
3 years 5 months ago

What about Lannan? Aren’t they looking to move him? I think the A’s could use a fifth starter until Braden gets better and then you don’t have to bring Parker up right now.

diesel2410
3 years 5 months ago

NO! We wanna trade BJ to the Nats! >:O !

diesel2410
3 years 5 months ago

NO! We wanna trade BJ to the Nats! >:O !

Snoochies8
3 years 5 months ago

I bet he’d accept a trade to the nationals, he’d be a good placeholder while harper develops at AAA, or they could move morse to 1b and keep harper at a corner. Just let coco prove he’s healthy and he could be had, maybe for an ok low tier arm or two, someone like paul demmy

3 years 5 months ago

Is there a reason Cespedes can’t play left field, or is this too technical? I mean, Coco is a proven center fielder…..why mess with it?

Snoochies8
3 years 5 months ago

Apparently the a’s wanna keep cespedes where he’s most comfortable, although he’s played all 3 spots and said he’d be willing to move to a corner. basically it just means coco’s on the trade block now

Snoochies8
3 years 5 months ago

Apparently the a’s wanna keep cespedes where he’s most comfortable, although he’s played all 3 spots and said he’d be willing to move to a corner. basically it just means coco’s on the trade block now

3 years 5 months ago

Is there a reason Cespedes can’t play left field, or is this too technical? I mean, Coco is a proven center fielder…..why mess with it?

hawkny1
3 years 5 months ago

Coco, Coco, Coco…….  $14.500,000….at a time when some thought your career was washed up?  You should be so lucky as to have a starting job with Billy Beane who likes to play small ball and play defense….guaranteed for the next 24 months.

Let me remind you that a few years back they did the same thing to Ellsbury in Boston.  It only lasted a short while.  The A’s know you can play CF.  They are not sure about Cespedes but they are going to find out….they have to.

Keep your yap shut, man…….you got it made.

hawkny1
3 years 5 months ago

Coco, Coco, Coco…….  $14.500,000….at a time when some thought your career was washed up?  You should be so lucky as to have a starting job with Billy Beane who likes to play small ball and play defense….guaranteed for the next 24 months.

Let me remind you that a few years back they did the same thing to Ellsbury in Boston.  It only lasted a short while.  The A’s know you can play CF.  They are not sure about Cespedes but they are going to find out….they have to.

Keep your yap shut, man…….you got it made.

Snoochies8
3 years 5 months ago

all i can say is: a’s aren’t getting rendon, there’s a spot on the nats for him whether it’s 3rd or 2nd. they’ll either move zimmerman to 1st to make room for him or they’ll get rid of one of espinosa/desmond to make room for him at 2nd.

Snoochies8
3 years 5 months ago

all i can say is: a’s aren’t getting rendon, there’s a spot on the nats for him whether it’s 3rd or 2nd. they’ll either move zimmerman to 1st to make room for him or they’ll get rid of one of espinosa/desmond to make room for him at 2nd.

inleylandwetrust
3 years 5 months ago

Why did your other account get banned?

Snoochies8
3 years 5 months ago

hey, armchair GMing is the easiest job in the world and you don’t need any recommendations or applications to be one!

i can guarantee you, i’ll be an annoyingly broken record whenever an outfielder or catcher gets injured. i’ll be going on and on “trade for crisp! he can be had! overpay overpay!” and if norris is doing well, around june i’ll be screaming at other teams to trade for suzuki