West Links: Sandoval, Padres, Angels

A few items of note from MLB's West divisions …

  • Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval was questioned by police and faces possible sexual assault charges following an incident at a beach resort in Santa Cruz County, Calif., a source tells Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com. No assumptions should be made about the incident, writes Ray Ratto of CSNBayArea.com, but the Giants are growing frustrated with Sandoval's questionable work ethic and are unsure whether he'll be part of their "core in years to come."
  • The Padres make for an interesting study in the dilemma that small- and mid-market teams face when locking up young players to long-term contracts, writes Chris Jenkins of the San Diego Union-Tribune. While extensions for Cameron Maybin, Cory Luebke and Nick Hundley were generally well received by fans and pundits, those players have struggled with slumps and/or injuries so far this season.
  • Mike Trout is the best prospect the Angels have produced in the team's 51-year history, opines Chris Dufresne of the Los Angeles Times. Many Halos — including Frank Tanana, Devon White, Tim Salmon, Garret Anderson and Troy Glaus — enjoyed excellent big league careers, but none were as good at such a young age as Trout is, Dufresne writes.

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