AL West Notes: Nathan, Profar, Greinke, A’s

No team in the American League has a better record than the Rangers (80-55) or the Athletics (76-59, tied with Baltimore and New York). Here's the latest from MLB's only four-team division…

  • Rangers closer Joe Nathan obtained a $300K bonus when he finished his 50th game of the season Monday, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. Nathan will earn $300K if he reaches 55 games finished and the same amount for completing 60 games. 
  • The Rangers signed Curacao native Juremi Profar, Ben Badler of Baseball America reports. The 16-year-old third baseman is the younger brother of Jurickson Profar, who debuted with the Rangers over the weekend. The younger Profar has the tools to play third base and has shown some power from the right side, Badler writes.
  • Angels right-hander Zack Greinke told Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times that he intends to wait until the offseason before talking too much about his next contract (Twitter link). “But I like it here,” Greinke said. “It's a great city, a great team." He is set to hit free agency after the season.
  • The city of San Jose is toughening its stance toward those who oppose the possibility of the Athletics moving from Oakland, John Woolfolk of the San Jose Mercury News reports. The Giants have reason to oppose the possibility of the A’s moving to nearby San Jose and MLB has been slow to deliver a decision on the matter.


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17 Comments on "AL West Notes: Nathan, Profar, Greinke, A’s"


Beersy
2 years 11 months ago

Hey Zack, you know which other city is great, San Diego. A nice laid back feel, with great weather and an up and coming team. As long as you don’t want to be the highest paid pitcher in the league, maybe you and the new owners can work something out.

Nathan McLain
2 years 11 months ago

Greinke has pretty much already said that he has no attachments to a particular team and will sign with whoever offers him the most money, so while I would love to see San Diego start to rebuild, I don’t think they can count on Greinke.

Beersy
2 years 11 months ago

Oh I’m not counting on it either, but a man can dream can’t he. A rotation of Greinke, Luebke, Cashner, Volquez and Richard would win you alot of games. Then the Padres could always trade someone with the likes of Kelly, Erlin and Wieland(probably 2014) knocking on the door.

corey23
2 years 11 months ago

as an adopted padres fan, i wouldnt want to see greinke here. the guy is a headcase.

AaronAngst
2 years 11 months ago

A “headcase” because of a series of events that went down around six years ago? That’s silly, and it shows a fundamental misunderstanding of mental health issues. As someone being properly treated for anxiety, he’s no more a “headcase” than you or I.

2 years 11 months ago

YAY, well said

corey23
2 years 11 months ago

perception is reality… I wouldn’t want him on a team I’m a fan of, I’m just not a fan of the guy. and luckily this being america, i’m entitled to that

notsureifsrs
2 years 11 months ago

i thought today was friday, so today was friday

crashcameron
2 years 11 months ago

the the old grade school phrase still holds true: “It takes one to know one.” give it a rest and give Greinke his space

2 years 11 months ago

Very interesting idea! Kudos, why not if you are Grienke & new ownership wants to spend some money (enough, who knows)

2 years 11 months ago

the only thing… I’m sure Greinke wants to play for a CONTENDING TEAM

Beersy
2 years 11 months ago

The Padres could easily contend next year if he were to sign with them. They have been playing quite well for the last couple of months and with a few less injuries next year, they could possibly contend without him in the NL West. A full season of Quentin and Grandal and a full season without Hudson and Bartlett won’t hurt either.

Nylund
2 years 11 months ago

I’m a Giants fan and I consider San Jose to be Giants turf (for a few reasons). That being said, The A’s gave the Giants San Jose back when the Giants were threatening to leave the Bay Area and my sense of right and wrong says the Giants should do the same. Of course, money will trump all else in the end. There’s no way the league supports the A’s on this. They’re small potatoes and it sets a bad precedent that scares other teams who might find themselves on the losing side of a similar territory case one day. A’s are screwed. And that’s a shame.

SoCalAngelsFan75
2 years 11 months ago

The Bay Area is the only multi-team market with such territory rights. The Mets could build a stadium in the Bronx if they wanted to and the Yanks couldn’t stop them. There was even an article earlier this year in the LA Times that reported that the Angels could be in negotiations to build a stadium in downtown LA; four miles from Dodger stadium. I’m hoping that doesn’t happen.

rainyperez
2 years 11 months ago

If the A’s move out of the Bay Area the Giants move into the territory of LA, NY, Boston, and Philadelphia in terms of size of market.

Many people might point to SF being a small city and it is but the Bay Area is large plus the Giants reach goes all the way down to Fresno, SLO, into Nevada and up north into Oregon. KNBR and its 50,000 watts radio tower has a large reach.

This is why the A’s will have a tough time getting back the market share the Giants have accumulated during the Bonds era and the World Series win.

Otis26
2 years 11 months ago

Plus his personal trainer – Dr. Phil – is in LA for Greinke.

corey23
2 years 11 months ago

not really, no.