AL West Notes: Murphy, Angels, Vasquez

We've already looked at some Astros notes and two international signings by the A's today, so let's check in with the rest of the AL West…

  • Rangers outfielder David Murphy isn't concerned about his upcoming free agency after the season, ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports.  With another good season, Crasnick opines that Murphy could top Shane Victorino's three-year, $39MM contract with the Red Sox and Angel Pagan's four-year, $40MM deal with the Giants.  Murphy, a Houston native, says he wants to remain with Texas and the two sides discussed an extension last month.  
  • The Angels outrighted Bobby Cassevah off the 40-man roster earlier today and's Alden Gonzalez (Twitter link) hears the move was "more a formality" and that the team isn't looking to fill the roster spot with any specific player.  The Angels currently have 39 players on their 40-man roster.
  • After undergoing brain surgery in November, left-hander Anthony Vasquez is already back working out in the Mariners' minor league camp,'s Greg Johns writes.  Vasquez made seven starts for Seattle in 2011 and made 11 starts at Triple-A Tacoma last season before being shut down with a shoulder injury.

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