Here's the latest out of the American League West:
- Mariners catcher Adam Moore has broken his right wrist, according to Greg Johns of MLB.com. He will miss at least the rest of Spring Training.
- Greg Johns of MLB.com looks at Oliver Perez's chances with the Mariners.
- Jim Bowden of ESPN says the Seattle Mariners are only a step behind clubs like the Kansas City Royals and Toronto Blue Jays in becoming "the next Rays," which is another way of saying "teams that draft, scout, and develop talent well."
- Mike DiGiovanna of the LA Times has some quotes from Mike Scioscia on Torii Hunter's future with the Angels, which DiGiovanna characterizes as "a little testy." Sounds to me like Scioscia knows the specter of Hunter's contract status will be haunting the locker room all year.
- DiGiovanna also looks at the Angels' bullpen, and suggests it could be the club's weakest link.
- Why can't the Rangers just platoon Julio Borbon and Craig Gentry, rather than pushing a position battle? Rob Neyer suggests they can't because of a 7-man bullpen:
The Rangers are going to carry five starting pitchers, two catchers, eight more position players for sure, and probably seven relief pitchers. That's 22. There's supposedly a competition for the role of non-Michael Young utility infielder. That's 23. Corner/fifth outfielder David Murphy seems assured of a spot. That's 24.
Which leaves one spot. Ron Washington could use that spot for a second center fielder. But he might want an eight-man bullpen, or a third catcher, or someone who's really good at bunting and spitting sunflower seeds. You never can tell, with these guys.