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2014 Previews: American League West

Mar 31, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

Choo Fielder

For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2014 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the American League West.

The Rangers added Choo and Fielder and then lost many more players to injuries. The Athletics surprised everyone the past two seasons, are they going to sneak up on anybody now? The Angels can’t disappoint for three straight years, can they? The Mariners got Cano, but did they do enough to get out of fourth place? And the Astros are rebuilding, but we’re pretty much to the point where “Fifth Place” should be renamed “Astros Place” right?

Below are our team-by-team previews for the AL West as well as our HBT Extra feature on the division:

Texas Rangers
Oakland Athletics
Los Angeles Angels
Seattle Mariners
Houston Astros


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  1. renaado - Mar 31, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    I’m sensing a close battle here in claiming the pennant. Rangers and A’s will be head in head while the Angels and probably the Mariners are not that far, while the Astros need to prove them first in the 1st half of the season if they want to contend with them… “Which” chances of that happening are close to none…

    • stex52 - Mar 31, 2014 at 11:22 AM

      The Astros are nowhere near ready this year. They are still subpar at every position except CF, catcher, and maybe 2nd base. Starting pitchers are highly likely to have the highest ERA in the majors again. They have some players in the minors who may make an impact over the summer. And I don’t expect this year to be as bad as last year. But it will not be good.

    • brigadand - Mar 31, 2014 at 8:03 PM

      The Angels are not that far, but the Mariners are going to struggle. They wasted $240 million on one player, when they should have spent the money on three.

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