- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 12, 2014

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:


Oakland Athletics

Manager: Bob Melvin (fourth season).

2013: 96-66, first place, lost to Detroit in division series.

Training Town: Phoenix.

Park: Phoenix Municipal Stadium.

First Workout: Feb. 15/20.

He’s Here: LHP Scott Kazmir, RHP Jim Johnson, RHP Luke Gregerson, LHP Eric O’Flaherty, INF Nick Punto, OF Craig Gentry, LHP Drew Pomeranz, OF Sam Fuld, RHP Josh Lindblom.

He’s Outta Here: RHP Bartolo Colon, RHP Grant Balfour, LHP Brett Anderson, LHP Jerry Blevins, OF Chris Young, OF Seth Smith, C Kurt Suzuki, RHP Pat Neshek, OF Michael Choice.

Going campin’: The low-budget A’s surprised their big-spending rivals in the AL West for a second straight season on the way to another division title. But they lost once again in a five-game division series against Detroit. GM Billy Beane spent much of his offseason improving one of the team’s strengths, the bullpen. Despite finishing third in the AL with a 3.22 ERA from the relievers, the A’s switched closers by acquiring Johnson (101 saves past two seasons) in a trade from Baltimore and letting Balfour leave as a free agent. Beane also added Gregerson (2.71 ERA in 2013) and O’Flaherty (1.45 ERA last three seasons) to a group that returns Ryan Cook, Sean Doolittle and Dan Otero. Kazmir ($22 million for two years) got the biggest offseason contract and replaces 18-game winner Colon. Sonny Gray should spend the whole season in the rotation after his dazzling nine-strikeout, no-run performance in Game 2 of the ALDS. Oakland is counting on repeat big seasons from 3B Josh Donaldson (24 HRs, 93 RBIs) and 1B Brandon Moss (30 HRs, 87 RBIs). The A’s also would like more consistency from OF Yoenis Cespedes, who hit 26 HRs despite a .240 average.


Texas Rangers

Manager: Ron Washington (eighth season).

2013: 91-72, second place.

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