AL West Notes: Bourn, Lohse, Rangers, A’s, Astros

Here's a look at some items out of the American League West..

  • With five weeks to go before Spring Training, the Rangers have not ruled out free agent outfielder Michael Bourn or pitcher Kyle Lohse, writes's T.R. Sullivan.  The newly-signed Lance Berkman is a former teammate of both players and GM Jon Daniels said that he "picked [Berkman's] brain over lunch" about the two players.  Texas has been reluctant to chase either player because of their price tags but they both remain unsigned with no clear destination.
  • In her latest mailbag, Jane Lee of says that she doesn't see the A's making any splashy moves between now and Opening Day as they are satisfied with their current group.  Another reader asks if a reunion with Brandon Inge might be in the cards.  While the players in the clubhouse would love to have the veteran back, the 25-man roster is at capacity and there is no room for Inge.
  • Roger Clemens says that his major league days are over, but the 50-year-old is on the verge of returning to the Astros in a role that would allow him to work with Houston's pitchers, writes Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle.

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