March 11, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Oakland Athletics center fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) walks from the field to the dugout after warming up before the game against the Kansas City Royals at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE
Some news and notes from around the AL West:
- San Francisco Chronicle beat writer Susan Slusser reports that Yoenis Cespedes, not Coco Crisp, will be the Oakland Athletics starting center fielder on Opening Day in Tokyo, Japan. When Cespedes signed with the A's for 4-years $36M, Crisp said it would take a "demi-god come down from the heavens" to be replace him in center. Crisp admits he's "hurt" by the move, but says if left field is where he is, he's going to be a Gold Glove left fielder.
- David Brown of Big League Stew reports C.J. Wilson tweeted former battery-mate Mike Napoli's phone number to his large twitter following. Wilson reportedly posted the number in response to a Napoli quote where he said he was excited to hit homeruns off of Wilson. However most people, including Napoli, do not consider revealing personal information a "prank." In fact, Wilson may have violated MLB's Social Media policy and might be subject to punishment by the league.
- Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux said yesterday he did not pull his name from Chicago Cubs manager search during the offseason. Maddux pulled his name from the Red Sox managerial search in November, and Theo Epstein indicated that Maddux removed his name from the Cubs search as well. Maddux denies this, saying he lost out on the gig to Dale Sveum.
- Jason Wojciechowski of The Platoon Advantage takes an in-depth look at what it will take to make the Seattle Mariners a winning team again. Wojciechowski examines the whole team through numbers and breaks down what needs to go right for the Mariners to have a winning record.