AL West Notes: Rangers Look to Answer Greinke Trade

CINCINNATI, OH - JUNE 27: Zack Greinke #13 of the Milwaukee Brewers pitches during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on June 27, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Brewers won 8-4. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Here's the latest out of the American League West:

Texas Rangers (58-40)

The Rangers are in on virtually every to starting pitcher on the market right now. They've been linked to Josh Johnson, James Shields and even Cliff Lee. Texas was already looking for pitching after Colby Lewis suffered a season-ended injury. The Angels' acquisition of Zack Greinke has put an extra emphasis on the Rangers' need for an upgrade. Texas has also been scouting Cleveland Indians' right fielder Shin-Soo Choo.

Los Angeles Angels (55-45, -4 in West, in No. 1 Wild Card spot)

The Angels made their big move last night, trading for Greinke, but that doesn't mean they're done making moves. The team has expressed interest in Seattle Mariners reliever Brandon League. The front office is also looking to unload Vernon Wells, but that will be a tall task considering he's owed $42 million over the next two seasons.

Oakland Athletics (54-45, -4.5 in West, in No. 2 Wild Card spot)

The A'sjust traded for Milwaukee Brewers' catcher George Kottaras, which could open the door for them to move Kurt Suzuki. They've been searching for help on the left side of their infield, and have been linked to Jimmy Rollins of the Philadelphia Phillies, Chase Headley of the San Diego Padres, Stephen Drew of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Yunel Escobar of the Toronto Blue Jays. It's crazy to think if the season ended today, the AL West would have three playoff teams.

Seattle Mariners (45-57, -15 in West, -10.5 in Wild Card)

The Mariners have been moving pieces around, but things have been quite on the trade rumor mill. They traded away Ichiro Suzuki and demoted Justin Smoak. The team is interested in cutting ties with Chone Figgins, but hasn't found any takers yet.

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