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AL West Wednesday: Trouble in Anaheim, promise in Houston and a new home for Matt Joyce

Los Angeles Angels: After reading the “2017 Season Primer” (a four-part series  from Angelswin.com) it is clear that the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are caught between a rock and a hard place. The team has major financial obligations for 2017, issues surrounding the stadium, and the looming issue of trying to retain Mike Trout after the 2020 season. Robert Cunningham, who authored Part I of the series for Angelswin.com, believes that General Manager Billy Eppler is the right man to lead the Angels through this difficult off-season.

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Angels GM BIlly Eppler by Arturo Pardavila III

Check out Part II and Part III of the series to read David Saltzer’s musings about the options that Eppler has (cheap, strategic or big spending) and what pieces are the building blocks of the franchise. A recent addition examines the 2017 starting rotation.

https://angelswinblog.blogspot.com/

Houston Astros: The charmingly sarcastic AstrosCounty.com published “Somethings a-happenin’ in Astrvoille” that details the club’s activity in the early parts of the off-season. Josh Reddick, Brian McCann, Nori Aoki and Charlie Morton will all be in Houston next season.

Astros County also envisions the Astros adding a power bat, suggesting the acquisition of a major bat via free agency (Jose Bautista or Carlos Beltran) or maybe a trade (Jay Bruce is now SUPER available).

http://www.astroscounty.com/

Texas Rangers: Jamey Newberg of the Newberg Report, a blog that “Covering the Texas Rangers from Top to Bottom” wrote a piece highlighting the tremendous change that the  roster in Arlington has undergone in the recent years. Only  11 players that were in the 2014 media guide are still remaining on the team. Newberg also cites MLB Network Radio’s Casey Stern who believes that the Rangers will make the biggest impact this off-season.

http://www.newbergreport.com/default.asp

Seattle Mariners: Marc W. with the U.S.S. Mariner shares his insights on the recent trade of the former first round pick, outfielder Alex Jackson, to the Atlanta Braves. The Braves sent Rob Whalen and Max Povse back to Seattle. Neither player will contribute with the 2017 club, but in the opinion of the writer, it gives the M’s a decent return. Check out the full article for a detailed analysis of both prospects.

http://www.ussmariner.com/

Oakland Athletics: Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports is reporting that the A’s have signed Matt Joyce to a 2 year, $11 million deal. Joyce hit .242/13 HR/42 RBI last year in his lone season with the Pirates. This will be Joyce’s third team since leaving the Rays at the end of the 2014 season. He is definitely an Oakland type of guy. Low cost (relatively speaking) and high OBP, .403 last season and .341 over his career.

 

Sunday Morning Six Pack: Top pitching performances, walk-offs and one beer for a few tears

Two Beers: Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers

Verlander had an interesting day yesterday at home against the Astros. Verlander was straight dealing for the first eight innings and entered the 9th with a 1-0 lead. Verlander would quickly surrender the lead and stood to take the loss as the Tigers took their turn at-bat in the bottom of the 9th. However, his teammates picked him up and scored two to give Verlander the win and propel the Tigers to their fifth straight win. After such a stressful day, we at BoT believe that Verlander should go home to his fiance, supermodel Kate Upton, and enjoy a couple of cold brews.

One Beer: Wade Miley, Seattle Mariners

Miley was dealing yesterday against the powerful Cubs offense in Wrigley. Miley did not allow a hit until the bottom of the 7th when Kris Bryant singled. The southpaw struck out nine en route to his 7th win on the year.

One Beer: Matt Kemp, San Diego Padres –> Atlanta Braves

Matt Kemp’s life kind of sucks today. He woke up playing for a team that is 14 games under .500, but at least he had the chance to live in one of the most beautiful cities in America, San Diego. Now, Kemp and his albatross of a contract, are headed to Atlanta, Georgia to play for the AAA Braves. Listen, Atlanta is a nice city, but when the team is 32 games under .500 and 25 out of first, the 92% humidity isn’t that enjoyable. Grab yourself a beer on the plane, Matt Kemp.

One Beer: Adam Rosales, San Diego Padres

In the bottom of the 10th, with the score tied at 1, Adam Rosales sent a 96 MPH fastball from Jumbo Diaz deep into left centerfield to give the Padres the win. Rosales was 2 for 4 on the night.

One Beer: Mitch Moreland

In Texas, Moreland slammed a walk-off homer on a night where Michael Young was inducted into the Texas Rangers’ Hall of Fame. The homer was Moreland’s 17th and the Rangers now sit five games above the second place Astros in the AL West standings.