One player who needs to step up for each AL West squad in 2017

Underperforming aces highlight two teams’ biggest needs heading into the new season.

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The AL West was a very competitive division in 2016, with the Texas Rangers turning in the American League’s best record and the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners just missing out on wildcard spots.

The division race should be tight again in 2017, but for that to happen, several key players are going to have to step up.

If the Los Angeles Angels and Oakland A’s want to take the next step toward playoff spots, they’ll also need better performances from important players. Continue reading “One player who needs to step up for each AL West squad in 2017”

Why trading for Yovani Gallardo was a bad move for the Seattle Mariners

Former Baltimore Oriole will struggle to find success at SafeCo Field.

The Seattle Mariners made headlines on Friday when they swapped OF Seth Smith for Baltimore Orioles P Yovani Gallardo.

Though 2016 was a rough season for the former Milwaukee Brewer star, Gallardo has been a workhorse pitcher in the past, throwing more than 180 innings in seven of the past eight seasons.

However, the Gallardo trade will likely come back to haunt Seattle, a team that finished just three games out of the final American League wildcard spot in 2016. Continue reading “Why trading for Yovani Gallardo was a bad move for the Seattle Mariners”