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AL West team at the beginning of spring training |

One team per team looks at the American League West participating in spring training, including key players acquired and lost by each club, and the dates of the first training for pitchers and hunters, and the complete team:

Houston Astros

Manager: AJ Hinch (fifth season).

2018 103-59, first place, lost to Boston in ALCS.

City of training: West Palm Beach, Florida.

He is here: By Michael Brantley, C Robinson Chirinos, LHP Wade Miley, INF Aledmys Diaz.

He is out of here: INF-OF Marwin Gonzalez, LHP Dallas Keuchel, RHP Charlie Morton, DH Evan Gattis, LHP Tony Sipp, C Brian McCann, C Martin Maldonado.

Going to camp: Astros won 103 franchised matches last season and reached ALCS. But the growing injuries and inconsistency of the game led to their elimination by Boston in five games and prevented them from repeating as champions after winning their first World Series title in 2017. Houston returns the aces Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole, both of whom are coming out of great seasons, but that Keuchel, winner of the AL CY Young 2015 award, goes to the free agency and will be without Lance McCullers Jr. all season after the intervention of Tommy John. The Astros have signed Miley to take a place in the rotation, and Collin McHugh should get back to starting after spending the last year in the bullpen. But the team will need one of its young players to complete the rotation. Houston has also let go of Gonzalez, a man of super utilities whose versatility has been a key resource in recent years. The biggest acquisition out of season has been the signing of Brantley, and if it remains healthy, the career hitter at 295 will give a boost to training. Jose Altuve, AL MVP 2017 and interbase Carlos Correa struggled with injuries at the end of the season, but they are in good health and look at the return fit in 2019. The third baseman Alex Bregman, who had a breakout season in 2018, will begin to slow down spring training after minor elbow surgery, but should be ready for the opening day.

Oakland Athletics

Manager: Bob Melvin (ninth season).

2018: 97-65, second place, lost in New York Yankees in the game of wild cards.

Workout city: Mesa, Arizona.

He is here: INF Jurickson Profar, RHP Marco Estrada, RHP Joakim Soria, LHP Jerry Blevins, RHP Tanner Anderson, RHP Parker Bridwell, C Chris Herrmann.

He is out of here: INF Jed Lowrie, C Jonathan Lucroy, RHP Jeurys Familia, RHP Shawn Kelley, LHP Brett Anderson, RHP Edwin Jackson, RHP Emilio Pagan, of Matt Joyce, RHP Cory Gearrin, RHP Kendall Graveman.

Going to camp: The A have been a surprise play-off team last year after three finals in the last place. Melvin got the most out of a low-cost roster led by slugger Khris Davis, the emerging third-base Matt Chapman and a deep bullpen anchored by Blake Treinen. The A have made some small moves in this offseason, acquiring Profar from Texas and letting Lowrie leave a free agent for a switch to the second base. They still have to find an answer to the receiver after Lucroy has left the agency free, and the potential client Sean Murphy could give an insight even if he has not yet demonstrated to the Triple-A. Estrada adds depth to a spin that was put together last season partly using the relievers as "open" to start some games. The A went with a game of bullpen in the loss of the playoffs of the wild cards to the Yankees. If better prospects Jesus Luzardo and A.J. Puk can impress enough during spring training, the rotation could be more formidable this season. The biggest demand this spring is the status of the 2018 draft pickup Kyler Murray. The A were counting on the fact that he would arrive at the field after being enlisted ninth overall, but Murray won the Heisman Trophy as quarterback to Oklahoma and could renounce his baseball career for a future in the NFL.

Seattle Mariners

Manager: Scott Servais (fourth season).

2018: 89-73, third place.

City of training: Peoria, Arizona.

He is here: C Omar Narvaez, 1B-OF Jay Bruce, 1B-DH Edwin Encarnacion, SS JP Crawford, SS Tim Beckham, Of Mallex Smith, Of Domingo Santana, LHP Yusei Kikuchi, RHP Hunter Strickland, RHP Cory Gearrin, RHP Anthony Swarzak, LHP Justus Sheffield, RHP Erik Swanson.

He is out of here: C Mike Zunino, 2B Robinson Cano, SS Jean Segura, DH Nelson Cruz, LHP James Paxton, RHP Edwin Diaz, OF Denard Span, OF Guillermo Heredia, RHP Alex Colome, of Ben Gamel, INF-OF Andrew Romine, RHP Juan Nicasio.

Going to camp: Seattle may have to distribute stickers "Hello, my name is" for the first days of spring training. The Mariners have decided to be just above the average in the American League does not work, and are entering this spring in full rebuilding mode. This is not a phrase that the Mariners use, but it is clear that they do not expect to be contenders for at least a few seasons. The hope of Seattle is that some of the veterans of his training – Bruce, Encarnacion, maybe Kyle Seager – perform quite well in the first half of the season, a competitor might be willing to make a deal and allow the Mariners to acquire more prospects. There will be many eyes in the spring on the first development of Kikuchi who will adapt to the majors after being a star in Japan, and 45-year-old Ichiro Suzuki, who could make the last appearances of his career when Seattle will open the season in Japan against Oakland. Some other youngsters to watch: Sheffield and Swanson, acquired by the Yankees for Paxton, will try to slow down the rotation, and Crawford is trying to make up for his impressive set of instruments after struggling as a debutant with the Phillies last season.

Angels of Los Angeles

Manager: Brad Ausmus (first season).

2018: 80-82, fourth place.

Workout city: Tempe, Arizona.

He is here: RHP Cody Allen, C Jonathan Lucroy, RHP Matt Harvey, RHP Trevor Cahill, 1B Justin Bour, BY Peter Bourjos, INF Tommy La Stella, RHP Luis Garcia.

He is out of here: Manager Mike Scioscia, RHP Garrett Richards, RHP Matt Shoemaker, 1B Jefry Mars, RHP Jim Johnson, LHP Jose Alvarez, RHP Blake Parker, 3B Kaleb Cowart.

Going to Campin & # 39 ;: A new era begins in Orange County after the Scioscia club has scored 19 seasons in office. Ausmus and a fully renovated coaching staff will bring a new perspective to a roster that largely features the same players who completed the third consecutive season of the Angels last fall. GM Billy Eppler did not pursue expensive free agency awards, but renewed his injured spin with Harvey and Cahill who joined the holdovers including Andrew Heaney and Tyler Skaggs. Eppler also added that Cleveland's career saves the leader Allen in his bullpen. The formation of the Angels is still built around Mike Trout, but his supporting cast has not changed much, apart from the arrival of Lucroy. Albert Pujols has 633 career homers, but he is 39 years old and another intervention came out with three years on his contract. Even the Pujols will have to stay in shape to play again on first base. This is because Shohei Ohtani will be back as a designated hitter in Los Angeles soon, even if you do not open the day. The AL Rookie of the Year will not miss this season while recovering from Tommy John's surgery. Andrelton Simmons, Justin Upton and Kole Calhoun are back. And for the first time in years, the Angels could get help from an agricultural system left in ruins by former GM Jerry Dipoto. Slugger with the chips Jo Adell and Griffin Canning, with the right arm, look like real impact players, and could arrive in Anaheim in 2019.

Texas Rangers

Manager: Chris Woodward (first season).

2018 67-95, fifth place.

Workout city: Surprise, Arizona.

He is here: 3B Asdrubal Cabrera, RHP Lance Lynn, RHP Zach McAllister, RHP Shawn Kelley, RHP Shelby Miller, LHP Drew Smyly, C Jeff Mathis, RHP Jason Hammel, OF Hunter Pence, INF Matt Davidson, 3B Patrick Wisdom, RHP Jeanmar Gomez.

He is out of here: Manager Jeff Banister, 3B Adrian Beltre, INF Jurickson Profar, C Robinson Chirinos, OF Ryan Rua, RHP Bartolo Colon, LHP Martin Perez, Alex Claudio RHP, CF Drew Robinson.

Going to camp: After experiencing consecutive losing seasons for the first time since 2005-08, the Rangers have a new manager with a group of talented 20-position position players and a full rotation of surgically repaired pitchers. The all-star interlocutor Two-time Cabrera is the likely substitute for the third base for Beltre, who retired after playing the last eight of his 21 major championships and obtained the last 1.277 of his 3,166 career successes with Texas. Elvis Andrus, the 30-year-old shortstop that goes into its eleventh season, is still the longest-running Ranger. The only rotating player is left-handed Mike Minor, who made 28 appearances last season last season when he was closely monitored for the first time since 2014, before a torn labrum. Lynn has won 21 games in the last two seasons after missing 2016 due to Tommy John surgery. Smyly, Miller and Edinson Volquez all come back from Tommy John's surgery. Smyly has not launched since 2016. The Rangers have a closer incumbent in Jose Leclerc, 25, who converted his last 12 savings opportunities after Keone Kela was trading at the end of July.


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