AL West Notes: Hamilton, Moreland, Angels

It was on this date in 1990 that Mariners right-hander Brian Holman just missed out on perfect game immortality.  Holman had set down the first 26 Athletics batters he faced, but allowed a pinch-hit homer to Ken Phelps to ruin the perfecto.  Adding to the history of the moment, that homer ended up being Phelps' last of his 11-year career in the Majors.  

Here's the latest from the AL West…

  • If the Rangers win the World Series, Ian Kinsler feels it would be "really hard" to let Josh Hamilton leave for free agency, he tells Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.  Kinsler's gut feeling is that his good friend Hamilton will return to play for Texas in 2013.
  • Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland talks to Fangraphs' David Laurila about his pitching experience in high school and college and how Moreland would be interested in coverting to relief pitching in the Majors "if I could no longer hit."
  • The Angels' recent signings and extensions have left the team with relatively little open payroll space over the next few seasons, writes MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez.  L.A. is already committed to $74.2MM in 2016 to just four players (Albert Pujols, Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson and the newly-extended Erick Aybar). "The easiest way you're going to create flexibility, and both forms of flexibility [on the payroll and on the roster], is to build from within," said GM Jerry Dipoto. "You have to do it. It's how this organization got where it was 10 years ago, and it's how we're going to maintain that position."
  • The Angels' slow start could be caused by a lack of stability caused by the club's surplus of roster options, writes Bill Dwyre of the Los Angeles Times.  Including tonight's game against Baltimore, the Halos have used 12 different lineups in 14 games.
  • In case you missed it earlier today, the Athletics claimed Australian right-hander Rich Thompson off waivers from the Angels.

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