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AL West teams at the start of spring training
Question of the Day
Going campin’: After their worst season in a decade, the big-budget Angels are exercising financial restraint and hoping for bounce-back seasons from their biggest bats to return to the playoffs. General manager Jerry Dipoto filled the Angels’ hole at third base with former World Series star Freese and retooled his faltering rotation with two cost-effective young lefties, Skaggs and Santiago. The Angels lost young talents Trumbo and Bourjos in the deals, but they’re counting on Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton to earn their enormous paychecks in the heart of their order behind Mike Trout. The bullpen also improved with Smith’s arrival. After poor starts in the past few seasons put the Angels in an inescapable hole, a good April will be a key to job security for Scioscia, the longest-tenured manager in baseball.
Manager: Lloyd McClendon (first season).
2013: 71-91, fourth place.
Training Town: Peoria, Ariz.
Park: Peoria Sports Complex.
First Workout: Feb. 13/17.
He’s Here: 2B Robinson Cano, OF Corey Hart, OF Logan Morrison, C John Buck, IF-OF Willie Bloomquist, RHP Scott Baker.
He’s Outta Here: Manager Eric Wedge, OF Raul Ibanez, DH Kendrys Morales, SS Brendan Ryan.
Going campin’: Seattle grabbed the headlines in the offseason with its $240 million, 10-year commitment to 2B Robinson Cano and then with the acquisitions of Corey Hart and Logan Morrison. If all three can perform up to their capabilities, Seattle may finally have a legitimate offense to complement a strong top to its rotation with Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma. The questions for Seattle have to do with the rest of its rotation. The Mariners would like another veteran for the No. 3 spot and it could be Baker if he’s healthy. Then comes the battle for the final two spots with youngsters Taijuan Walker, James Paxton, Erasmo Ramirez and Brandon Maurer all in the running. Seattle also needs to settle the logjam in its outfield and settle on a center fielder, and figure out whether Brad Miller or Nick Franklin is the better option at shortstop.
Manager: Bo Porter (second season).
2013: 51-111, fifth place.
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