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AL West Notes: Rangers seeking starting help, A’s could move Madson

The latest from around the AL West.

MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

After missing out on Andrew Cashner, who was sent to the Marlins on Friday morning, the Rangers are still seeking starting pitching help.

Texas is considering Phillies starter Vince Velasquez, but it seems unlikely the Phillies will move Velasquez, who is a controllable asset. He’s pitched to a 3.34 ERA despite having nominal major league experience entering the season.

The Rangers could prioritize adding a controllable arm and have been linked to Jake Odorizzi and Chris Archer. However, Tampa Bay’s asking price for any of its three starters drawing interest seems to be high.

Texas has also been linked to Chris Sale, but the White Sox are unlikely to move him in advance of the trade deadline. Since the Rangers were deemed one of the finalists in pursuit of Cashner, the club will likely remain aggressive leading up to the deadline.

More from the American League West:

  • Ryan Madson hasn’t pitched notably well since joining the Athletics, but for teams seeking veteran relief help, he could be an intriguing option.

  • Houston is in a position to add to its major league roster before the deadline, but the Astros could also sell several pieces in the right deals.

  • Angels prospect Cam Bedrosian is drawing interest, but Los Angeles doesn’t view him as a trade chip.

Standings ‘as of writing’:

Texas 59-44 —GB

Houston 55-46 3.0 GB

Seattle 51-50 7.0 GB

Oakland 47-55 11.5 GB

Los Angeles 46-56 12.5 GB