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West News and Notes: Burrell, Rivera, Mariners, Coaching Changes

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In this edition of West News and Notes: the future of a former number-one overall draft pick, one of the major league free agent signings contract, two teams set their minor league coaching staffs, and one AL West team's general manager took the air waves...

  • The former number-one overall draft pick I alluded to is Pat Burrell, who told reporters today his career is likely over. If this is it for Pat the Bat, he will finish with a triple slash of .253/.361/.472 with 292 homers in his 12 major league seasons. Burrell has earned nearly $71 million over his career with a pair of World Series rings.
  • Juan Rivera's two-year deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers includes plate appearance incentives in both years, reports Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times. If Rivera reaches all of them, he could earn an additional $500 thousand.
  • Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik told ESPN's Jim Bowden they are "wide open" if they can get an impact bat through free agency or via trade.
  • The Oakland Athletics announced several coaching changes to their farm system affiliates today, moving around pitching coaches and hitting instructors. All six managers of the affiliates are set to return, though.
  • Like Oakland, the San Diego Padres made several changes to their minor league affiliates, reports Corey Brock of MLB.com. Among them, former Blue Jays' manager John Gibbons has been hired to lead the Padres' Double-A affiliate.