AL West Notes: Angels, Hernandez, Hamilton

The lack of talk surrounding the Rangers as compared to other clubs leads Jerry Crasnick of (via Twitter) to believe that they are focused on something big, like acquiring Zack Greinke or Josh Johnson.  Here's more out of the AL West..

  • The Angels will have to look in-house for help when it comes to their starting rotation, writes Alden Gonzalez of  A source with knowledge of the team's thinking described the Angels' chances of acquiring a starter as "below average and diminishing" as the asking prices are too high and the competition for pitching is intense.
  • The signing of Cole Hamels to a six-year, $144MM contract is an ominous development for Mariners fans who hope to see Felix Hernandez stay in Seattle, writes Larry Stone of the Seattle Times.  Stone writes that the M's need to be wary putting too much of their payroll behind a pitcher.
  • Even though the Rangers could see Josh Hamilton walk in free agency, T.R. Sullivan of doesn't support the club trading him.  The outfielder's current slump has hurt his trade value and on the whole, clubs are in greater need of pitching.

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