Jul. 18, 2016
Latest From Every AL West Team; Astros and Alex Bregman, Rangers Pitching Hunt, Athletics Pitching Trade Candidates, Angels Trades, Mariners Situation?
Here's some items I've dug up based on recent situations around the AL West;
-The Astros are expected to call up hyped prospect Alex Bregman this week. Bregman has been outstanding in both Double and Triple-A this year and could be a very big boost to a surging Astros club looking to make it back to the playoffs.
-As mentioned earlier, the Rangers are looking for controllable pitching in the trade market ahead of the deadline. Could they target the A's Sonny Gray?
-The Athletics are sure to be shopping Rich Hill ahead of the deadline, however he left his start today after throwing just 5 pitches due to aggravating a blister on his finger. Teams will be wary of that if they try to trade for him. On a side note, Don't expect Sonny Gray to be dealt.
-The Angels could be very active at the deadline later this month, with names such as Yunel Escobar, Geovanny Soto, Jared Weaver, and Joe Smith all potentially on the move.
-Nothing new on the Mariners other than the team could stand to bolster the back end of their bullpen. Steve Chisek has blown several save opportunities and Joaquin Benoit has not pitched well this season.