A look at today's links out of the AL West..
- Evan Grant of the Dallas News looks at how the Rangers could potentially make a play for Masahiro Tanaka. While Texas is considered a longshot to land Tanaka thanks to their already hefty payroll, they can’t be totaly counted out. Grant says, in theory, they could move Alex Rios' $12.5MM salary, sign Tanaka, and move one of their other starters to fill the newly-created hole in the outfield. A theoretical Derek Holland-for-Brett Gardner swap, for example, might save about another $1.5MM pending the outcome of Gardner’s arbitration situation. There's also another way to create some breathing room: selling the naming rights to their ballpark.
- Signing Tanaka without making other moves wouldn't help to fix the Mariners' roster inbalance, tweets Bob Dutton of The News Tribune. It doesn't seem likely that the M's will get in on Tanaka anyway considering that they are pretty much at capacity in terms of payroll.
- Rob Neyer of SB Nation spoke with Mike Curto, voice of the Mariners' Triple-A affiliate in Tacoma, about his reaction to the 2006 trade that sent Shin-Soo Choo to the Indians for platoon DH Ben Broussard.