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AL West Notes: Angels future, Mariners rotation

The latest from around the American League West.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Seattle Mariners Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

It’s been mentioned before, but the future for the Los Angeles Angels doesn’t look to bright. And that seems rather impossible when they have a superstar like Mike Trout. A lackluster farm system and big contracts that soured are just two reasons why there might not be that much hope.

Mike Axisa of CBS Sports broke down those two, and four more reasons why the Angels might be the most hopeless franchise in the entire major circuit.

More from around the American League West:

  • The Mariners have won nine out of ten, but it’s not because of pitching. For Seattle, they have been winning despite their rotation issues. Will that be able to stand up?
  • Coco Crisp is throwing ‘shade’ (or at least that’s how I think the kids use that word) at his current employer. Crisp believes that his team is purposely not using him, in order to avoid a $13 million vesting option for 2016 from kicking in.
  • Since Jonathan Lucroy has arrived in Texas, the pitching staff for the Rangers has seen a change in philosophy, with their new catcher liking to go the simple route.
  • Luis Valbuena is trending in the right direction as he tries to return from the disabled list after straining his right hamstring back in July.

Standings ‘as of writing’:

Texas 71-50 — GB

Seattle 63-55 6.5 GB

Houston 61-58 9.0 GB

Oakland 52-68 18.5 GB

LA Angels 50-69 20.0 GB