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  1. Uhh…why even mention the A’s if you aren’t going to give us any storylines on their players?

    Comment by CLogdorp — July 12, 2012 @ 1:19 pm

  2. I used a really sophisticated, algorithm-driven program called Trade-O-Matic 2000 to see if I could work out a trade that made sense for the Blue Jays and Orioles:

    Jays get: Dylan Bundy, Jake Arrieta

    Orioles get: Proven Closer Francisco Cordero, Gutsy Reliever Casey Jansen, Ace Lefty Ricky Romero

    Now if this had been published on ESPN.com by Olney or Stark this would have been a headlined article. Thank Cuthulu for FanGraphs…

    Comment by Mr. Observant — July 12, 2012 @ 1:24 pm

  3. A’s, Red Sox and Jays are 2.5 games back of the 2nd wildcard… not 4.5

    Comment by Slim Jim — July 12, 2012 @ 1:25 pm

  4. the .500 teams are 2.5 games out of the second wildcard, not 4.5 games out.

    Comment by BX — July 12, 2012 @ 1:28 pm

  5. Is there anything/anyone on the A’s that’s NOT a storyline.

    Comment by BX — July 12, 2012 @ 1:39 pm

  6. Exactly, there’s actually some interesting things going on with this team, and they’re glossed over in 3 lines.

    Comment by CLogdorp — July 12, 2012 @ 1:54 pm

  7. If the Indians’ top priority for first base was getting a right-handed power hitter, they’d give Matt LaPorta (.968 OPS in AAA) or Shelley Duncan a real shot—there’s no need to trade for that. As for the rotation, Zach McAllister has been great, Ubaldo Jimenez is looking much better, and between Josh Tomlin, Jeanmar Gomez, and the stable of arms in Columbus they certainly have someone who can be a reliable No. 5 guy.

    This team is a lot better than you (and most national columnists) seem to think.

    Comment by Lewie Pollis — July 12, 2012 @ 2:00 pm

  8. I think the Vernon Wells’ situation could become a distraction for the Angels. Wells clearly doesn’t deserve playing time over any of their current starting outfielders, but his paycheck pretty much demands playing time. If they are willing to eat the vast majority of his remaining salary, it may make more sense to try to flip him for some usuable return.

    Comment by Pinstripe Wizard — July 12, 2012 @ 2:04 pm

  9. Even if the Angels ate ALL of this salary I wouldn’t give up anything useful in return.
    Is he even replacement level anymore?

    Comment by Omar Little — July 12, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

  10. My view of the A’s storyline is precisely what I wrote. Yes, there are interesting players, but as a team, they are stuck in the middle with nowhere to go right now.

    Comment by Wendy Thurm — July 12, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

  11. Fixed. Thanks.

    Comment by Wendy Thurm — July 12, 2012 @ 2:25 pm

  12. Currently no, but he’s 2 years removed from being about a 4 WAR player. With so many teams being contenders, people are going to have to overpay to get anyone. If they get one useful player back, that would be a huge score for the Angels. Maybe they can swindle someone into thinking he just needs a change of scenery.

    Comment by Pinstripe Wizard — July 12, 2012 @ 2:27 pm

  13. If you say “all other systems are go” for the Rangers, you haven’t been watching much Ranger baseball. What probably happened is you looked at the first half season stats and said “oh, the Rangers are at 18.0 hitting WAR (3rd overall) and 110 wRC+ (3rd overall)… everything must be going swimmingly on offense”.

    However, break it down by month:
    March/April : 6.0 WAR, 121 wRC+
    May: 6.8 WAR, 115 wRC+
    June: 5.3 WAR, 107 wRC+
    July (to date): -0.1 WAR, 60 wRC+

    in particular, the last 30 days (4.5 WAR, 102 wRC+) have been tough on the Rangers, especially when the Angels are putting up 8.5 WAR, 127 wRC+ over the same period. The games have been brutal to watch…

    So, I think the real second-half stories at the top of the AL West are can the Angels continue to play out of their mind and can the Rangers offense come back to being well above average and hold them off?

    Comment by Adam D — July 12, 2012 @ 4:32 pm

  14. I think she and the national columnists are thinking they’re as good as a team with a -29 run differential.

    Comment by Yinka Double Dare — July 12, 2012 @ 5:15 pm

  15. You didn’t include the Royals?? BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

    Comment by KCDaveInLA — July 12, 2012 @ 8:03 pm

  16. Sorry, but it just comes off as a tad lazy seeing as there have been a whole crop of interesting breakouts this season.

    I also don’t understand how they have “nowhere to go ” when they are a wee over two games out and the majority of their above average pitching staff is pre-arb till 2014?

    They do happen to still play regularly in Oakland, more than 80 games in fact, and will be doing so till at least 2016.

    Comment by Worm Turner — July 12, 2012 @ 9:11 pm

  17. I think you thoroughly underestimate the impact that the Seattle Mariners will have in the 2nd half. The division is there’s for the taking.

    Comment by Angelsjunky — July 13, 2012 @ 2:09 am

  18. I’d love to see an Onion article entitled “Mariners trade city of Seattle to Angels for Mike Trout.”

    Comment by Angelsjunky — July 13, 2012 @ 2:09 am

  19. Seattle Mariners trade state of Washington to the Washington Nationals for Jayson Werth. Jack Z praises Werth as “true center fielder.”

    Comment by phoenix2042 — July 13, 2012 @ 9:08 pm

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