Here's a look at the American League West and the division-leading Rangers..
- While teams are salivating over Josh Hamilton's impending free agency, Joel Sherman of the New York Post cautions that a long-term, monster deal could backfire on the club that signs him. Sherman also touches on Albert Pujols' early slump and wonders if the Angels would make the deal again knowing what they know now.
- Signing Hamilton to a big contract is a high-risk, high-reward proposition for the Rangers, writes John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle. The Rangers are working to protect themselves financially in the event of more off-the-field trouble or major injuries.
- How did Angels outfielder Mike Trout fall to the No. 25 pick in the 2009 draft? There were a number of factors involved, including some anti-New Jersey bias, writes Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
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