West Notes: Ramirez, Giants, Zito, D’Backs

Earlier today a pair of AL West clubs made a small trade when the Astros shipped Travis Blackley to the Rangers for cash and a player to be named later.  Blackley, who was recently outrighted by Houston, was assigned to Triple-A Round Rock.  Here's a look at the latest out of the AL and NL West..

  • Manny Ramirez tells Hector Cruz of ESPNDeportes (via Twitter, Spanish link) that he won't retire from baseball and will seek out a new opportunity.  The slugger was released by the Rangersyesterday.
  • Barry Zito's large home/road split is an obstacle to an August trade, Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com says.  The Giants hurler has a 3.01 ERA in 71.2 innings at home this year, but a 9.50 ERA in 41.2 innings on the road.  However, the lefty is now in the final guaranteed months of his contract, so it could be "more than just a formality" that he cleared waivers, sources told Knobler.  Zito is owed $20MM this season, with a $7MM buyout for 2014.
  • The Diamondbacks won't rush to promote top prospect Archie Bradley this season unless they're in the thick of things and he can make a difference, writes MLB.com's Steve Gilbert.

Aaron Steen contributed to this post.

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