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AL West Notes: Rangers bullpen, A’s GM AMA

The latest news from around the American League West.

MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates at Milwaukee Brewers Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Rangers were one of the teams considered the winners of the trade deadline, mainly behind trading for Carlos Beltran and Jonathan Lucroy. In that Lucroy deal, Texas also got reliever Jeremy Jeffress to bolster their bullpen.

That being said, there is no concern about Jeffress taking over the closer role. Manager Jeff Banister made it clear that Sam Dyson is the closer of the team, with Jeffress being brought in to length the pen’.

More from around the American League West:

  • Mike Zunino is about to catch Ariel Miranda for the first time, and will have to learn the new Mariners prospect on the fly.
  • At age 29, Astros pitcher James Hoyt took a very odd path to get to the majors.
  • A’s general manager David Forst did an AMA on Reddit, and there were some good pieces of information shared.

Standings ‘as of writing’:

Texas 63-46 — GB

Houston 56-52 6.5 GB

Seattle 54-53 8.0 GB

LA Angels 49-59 13.5 GB

Oakland 48-60 14.5 GB