AL West Notes: Altuve, Morales, A’s, Jackson

Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is just 5’6″, but he doesn’t allow his height, or lack thereof, to be a disadvantage, writes Tyler Kepner of the New York Times.  “He’s an anomaly,” said David Stearns, the Astros’ assistant GM. “He’s tough to explain, other than the fact he works as hard or harder than anyone, he’s got freakish hand-eye skills, he loves baseball and he wants to be great.”  More out of the AL West..

  • Bob Dutton of The Tacoma News Tribune (on Twitter) believes that the Mariners have interest in keeping Kendrys Morales beyond this season but, of course, it’ll depend on the price.  The M’s acquired Morales from the Twins in exchange for right-hander Stephen Pryor late last month.  Morales batted just .234/.259/.325 for Minnesota and has slashed .207/.280/.329 for Seattle across 22 games.
  • As commissioner Bud Selig makes his farewell tour, he readily admits that he wishes the A’s stadium situation would be resolved and over with, writes Joe Stiglich of  “One of the reasons for the resurgence of this sport are the new stadiums, there’s no question about it,” Selig said. “I know better than anybody (that the A’s need a new stadium). It was and is complicated. I know people don’t understand that, but it is. And if it was easy, just like if it was easy in Tampa, I’d have been 24 out of 24. But I have hopes in both places. Do I wish it’d been solved? Of course I do. I wish it had.
  • Who’s the best corner outfield prospect in baseball?  Jim Callis of says that distinction belongs to Alex Jackson, whom the Mariners selected with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2014 draft.  Jackson was the consensus top position prospect in his class and received the third-highest draft bonus of anyone this year.  He’s got company at the top, however.’s Jonathan Mayo says the Pirates’ Josh Bell is the game’s best corner outfield prospect.

26 Responses to AL West Notes: Altuve, Morales, A’s, Jackson Leave a Reply

  1. kungfucampby 11 months ago

    Yeah if Jose Altuve is 5’6″ then I’m 7’2″

    • danimal0630 11 months ago

      And if Alex Jackson is the best corner outfielder in baseball I’m Barry Bonds.

      • Gland1 11 months ago

        Yeah that sentence was a bit misleading. I think it was supposed to be “best corner outfield prospect”.

    • Tko11 11 months ago

      Listed at 5’5 on the ESPN site and nickname is “Gigante” haha.

    • Jaysfan1994 11 months ago

      5’6″ with baseball cleats on maybe.

  2. Bob George 11 months ago

    Selig was the one person with the power to solve the A’s stadium situation.

    • SwingtimeInTheRockies 11 months ago

      Do I wish Selig hadn’t sat on his hands? Of course I do.

  3. Douglas Rau 11 months ago

    I think, I THINK, if the Mariners made Morales a qualifying offer, there’s a slight chance he might accept.

    • KJ4realz 11 months ago

      They can’t.

      • Wayne 11 months ago

        Nor would they if they have any brains. QOs are expected to be in the $15 mm range. Please tell me you were joking…I hope so for your sake.

        • KJ4realz 11 months ago

          I guess I should have out ‘they can’t anyway, not they would’

          If you were talking to the OP, I’m sure he was joking.

      • bucs_lose_again 11 months ago

        Something about that second “I THINK” remark made me realize he was being factitious. Just something about it…

  4. Hasjie 11 months ago

    They put the wrong link behind Josh Bell. It should be:–007jos

  5. Lefebvre Believer 11 months ago

    Links amiss: wrong Josh Bell, Jim Callis article at Look forward to seeing Jackson someday.

  6. Mike1L 11 months ago

    With Morales and Drew both having abysmal seasons, you have to wonder what agents are going to be telling their QO free agents this off season. Obviously, the top talents will get their money. But these two could be object lessons. Whatever became of all those folk who were opening special wings of the Hall of Fame for Drew and Morales when they were unsigned?

    • vonjunk 11 months ago

      They’ll say the same thing. Agent’s agendas and players aren’t always the same. The cases of Drew and Morales doing so poorly shows how vital Spring Training and then playing during the regular season is to most players. Jumping into the middle of a season in the MLB is an extremely hard thing to do. They would have been better served, and many others to take the QO and be happy to be paid $14m and prove their worth and long contract for the next year. Most likely Drew and Morales will get one year deals this next year too and for much less.

      • Mike1L 11 months ago

        I suppose there’s 40 games to go, and maybe one or both of these guys will have a bit of a hot streak. But your point about spring training is a critical one. Even if the player threatens not to sign, I don’t think teams are going to look too kindly on a guy who skips it.

  7. Karkat 11 months ago

    As anyone who’s ever been in a leadership position knows, “It’s complicated” is really just code for “I didn’t wanna do it.”

    • vonjunk 11 months ago

      I think there weren’t any options Selig liked. He would like to move the team to a place were A. They get a brand new stadium B. Has a large enough baseball demographic to support a team.
      Speaking of that, how Las Vegas doesn’t have a big league team yet amazes me.

      • SwingtimeInTheRockies 11 months ago

        Allow the A’s to take advantage of the new ballpark that San Jose wants to build them. Make the bay area a shared market like every other two-region team. Although no one should have to give them anything, negotiate some sort of compensation to the Giants for the loss of the rights the A’s gave them for free. Pat self on back for job well done.

  8. josebatista89 11 months ago

    Jose Altuve is a top 5 2nd baseman in baseball. To me this is the list, 1) Cano, 2) Pedrioa, 3) Kinsler, 4) Altuve, 5) Phillips.

    • CharlieMurphy 11 months ago

      Give me Altuve over Phillips and Kinsler all day. And as a Sox fan, I hate to say it… but he is a much better all-around player than Pedey this season, too.

      Also, don’t forget that he’s 24 and those guys are all in their early 30’s.

  9. northsfbay 11 months ago

    The A’s signed a 10 year lease at the Coliseum and they hired an Architect to design a new stadium in Oakland. The San Jose A’s are dead.

    • SwingtimeInTheRockies 11 months ago

      That 10-year lease includes an opt-out clause. If Lew Wolff wants to build a stadium in Oakland and pay for it himself, good on him! Oakland doesn’t have the money to chip in.

      • northsfbay 11 months ago

        The A’s still owe the money on the lease if they opt out and the A’s are building a privately financed stadium in Oakland and they would have to build a privately financed stadium in San Jose. No public money for stadiums in the Bay Area. The Bay Area is liberal and liberals don’t want public money to go to stadiums.

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