The Associated Press
A team-by-team look at the American League West entering spring training, including key players each club acquired and lost, and dates of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, and the full squad:
Manager: Bob Melvin (third season).
2012: 94-68, first place, lost in division series.
Training Town: Phoenix.
Park: Phoenix Municipal Stadium.
First Workout: Feb. 12/17.
He's Here: OF Chris Young, SS Hiroyuki Nakajima, C John Jaso, INF Jed Lowrie, RHP Fernando Rodriguez.
He's Outta Here: RHP Brandon McCarthy, SS Stephen Drew, OF Jonny Gomes, SS Cliff Pennington, 3B Brandon Inge, C George Kottaras, RHP Tyson Ross, OF Collin Cowgill, RHP Jim Miller, 1B Chris Carter.
Going campin': The low-budget A's came out of nowhere last season to beat out big spenders Texas and the Los Angeles Angels and win the AL West title on the final day of the season. Oakland will have a hard time taking teams by surprise again, but they might have more talent on this seasons' roster with the additions of Young and Japanese import Nakajima. A full season from lefty Brett Anderson and the return of right-hander Bartolo Colon after finishing his 50-game suspension for a positive testosterone test should help make up for the loss of McCarthy. Oakland is also counting on an even bigger year from Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes in his second season in the majors. The key will be whether the bullpen led by closer Grant Balfour and setup men Ryan Cook and Sean Doolittle can match last year's success and rookie starters Jarrod Parker and Tommy Milone avoid sophomore slumps.
Manager: Ron Washington (seventh season).
2012: 93-69, second place, lost wild-card game.
Training Town: Surprise, Ariz.
Park: Surprise Stadium.
First Workout: Feb. 13/16.
He's Here: DH-1B Lance Berkman, RHP Josh Lindblom, RHP Joakim Soria, C A.J. Pierzynski, hitting coach Dave Magadan.
He's Outta Here: OF Josh Hamilton, INF Michael Young, C Mike Napoli, RHP Koji Uehara, RHP Mike Adams, RHP Scott Feldman.
Going campin': There are significant changes with the offseason departures of Hamilton, a five-time All-Star and 2010 AL MVP, Napoli and Young, the franchise's career hits leader and longest-tenured player before being traded to Philadelphia. After consecutive World Series appearances, Texas didn't even win a playoff game last October, losing the AL's first one-and-done wild-card playoff after going 4-9 down the stretch and losing the AL West title on the last day of the regular season. A big question mark this spring is whether RF Nelson Cruz, going into the final year of his contract, will face a 50-game suspension after being among several players named in a Miami News Times story alleging the purchase of banned performance-enhancing drugs. Until told differently, the Rangers plan for Cruz to remain their everyday right fielder. But top infield prospects Jurickson Profar and Mike Olt, who made their big league debuts last season, are among players who could get a look in the outfield this spring. While many will view this offseason as a failure for the Rangers -- who didn't re-sign Hamilton, lost out in their pursuit of top pitching free agent Zack Greinke and couldn't work out a trade for OF Justin Upton -- general manager Jon Daniels' only concern is what happens during the season and he genuinely likes their chances. Especially with a solid starting rotation fronted by Yu Darvish, the Japanese ace who won 16 games as a major league rookie, and Matt Harrison, the lefty who got a $55 million, five-year contract extension after winning 18 games in an All-Star season. Who will set up closer Joe Nathan after Adams and Uehara left in free agency? Offensively, the switch-hitting Berkman was considering retirement after being limited last year to 32 games for St. Louis (surgery twice on right knee), but as the primary DH will add some versatility to a lineup filled with right-handers. With Hamilton gone, David Murphy finally goes into camp considered the everyday left fielder while Craig Gentry and Leonys Martin, the speedy Cuban defector who got a $15.5 million, five-year deal nearly two years ago, likely split time in center.
Los Angeles Angels
Manager: Mike Scioscia (14th season).
2012: 89-73, third place.
Training Town: Tempe, Ariz.
Park: Tempe Diablo Stadium.
First Workout: Feb. 12/15.
He's Here: OF Josh Hamilton, RHP Tommy Hanson, RHP Ryan Madson, LHP Jason Vargas, RHP Joe Blanton, LHP Sean Burnett, LHP Brandon Sisk, INF Bill Hall.
He's Outta Here: OF Torii Hunter, RHP Zack Greinke, 1B Kendrys Morales, RHP Dan Haren, RHP Ervin Santana, C Bobby Wilson, INF Maicer Izturis, RHP Jordan Walden, RHP LaTroy Hawkins, RHP Jason Isringhausen.
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