The final Divisional Primer for 2012 – breaking down the increasingly deep AL West.

Texas Rangers

2011 record: 96-66; 1st in AL West
Manager: Ron Washington
General Manager: Jon Daniels
2012 estimated Payroll: $119.5 million
Odds to win the division: even
Odds to win the American League: 4-1
Odds to win the World Series: 8-1
Over / Under total for wins in 2012: 91
Highest Paid Player: Michael Young $16 million
Key 2013 free agents: C Mike Napoli, OF Josh Hamilton,P Colby Lewis
Highest projected 2012 fWAR: Ian Kinsler 6.5
Canadians in camp: C Chris Robinson
Division Crowns since 1995: 5

Welcome aboard: RHP Yu Darvish, RHP Joe Nathan.

Thanks for the memories: LHP C.J. Wilson, LHP Darren Oliver.

Los Angeles Angels

2011 record: 86-76; 2nd in AL West
Manager: Mike Scioscia
General Manager: Jerry DiPoto
2012 estimated Payroll: $159.1 million
Odds to win the division: favorite (-160)
Odds to win the American League: 3-1
Odds to win the World Series: 6-1
Over / Under total for wins in 2012: 92.5
Highest Paid Player: Vernon Wells $21 million
Key 2013 free agents: OF Torii Hunter, OF Bobby Abreu
Highest projected 2012 fWAR: Albert Pujols 6.8
Canadians in camp: none
Division Crowns since 1995: 5

Welcome aboard: 1B Albert Pujols, LHP C.J. Wilson, C Chris Iannetta, RHP LaTroy Hawkins, INF Jorge Cantu, OF Ryan Langerhans, LHP Brad Mills.

Thanks for the memories: C Jeff Mathis, RHP Joel Pineiro, RHP Tyler Chatwood, INF Russell Branyan, OF Reggie Willits.

Oakland Athletics

2011 record: 74-88; 3rd in AL west
Manager: Bob Melvin
General Manager: Billy Beane
2012 estimated Payroll: $57.4 million
Odds to win the division: 40-1
Odds to win the American League: 55-1
Odds to win the World Series: 90/1
Over / Under total for wins in 2012: 72
Highest Paid Player: Yeonis Cespedes $6.5 million
Key 2013 free agents: P Brandon McCarthy
Highest projected 2012 fWAR: Brandon McCarthy 3.5
Canadians in camp: none
Division Crowns since 1995:  4

Welcome aboard: Manager Bob Melvin, OF Yoenis Cespedes, OF/DH Manny Ramirez, LF Seth Smith, RF Josh Reddick, OF Jonny Gomes, RHP Bartolo Colon, RHP Jarrod Parker, RHP Ryan Cook, OF Collin Cowgill.

Thanks for the memories: RHP Trevor Cahill, LHP Gio Gonzalez, RHP Andrew Bailey, OF Ryan Sweeney, LHP Craig Breslow, RHP Guillermo Moscoso, LHP Josh Outman.

Seattle Mariners

2011 record: 67-95; 4th in AL West
Manager: Eric Wedge
General Manager: Jack Zdnuriecek
2012 estimated Payroll: $97.8 million
Odds to win the division: 40-1
Odds to win the American League: 66-1
Odds to win the World Series: 100/1
Over / Under total for wins in 2012: 72
Highest Paid Player: Felix Hernandez $19 million
Key 2013 free agents: OF Ichiro Suzuki, P Brandon League
Highest projected 2012 fWAR: Felix Hernandez 5.8
Canadians in camp: OF Michael Saunders, P Philippe Valiquette, P James Paxton
Division Crowns since 1995:  3

Welcome aboard: C-DH Jesus Montero, RHP Hector Noesi, LHP George Sherrill, RHP Hisashi Iwakuma, RHP Kevin Millwood, INF Munenori Kawasaki, INF Carlos Guillen, C John Jaso, RHP Shawn Camp, LHP Hong-Chih Kuo

Thanks for the memories: RHP Michael Pineda, INF Adam Kennedy, RHP Josh Lueke, C Josh Bard.

Synopsis

To have a chance of winning the West, the Rangers would need a solid season offensively out of Josh Hamilton, a season where Nelson Cruz stays off the disabled list, along with a rotation featuring Yu Darvish, to keep the team in the game through six innings. The Angels would need aging stars, Bobby Abreu, Torii Hunter, and Vernon Wells to produce like they did five years seasons ago, to help the offense, and more importantly, the big man – Albert Pujols. The Athletics would need the Angels and Rangers to have major injury problems along with Jason Giambi, Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire to make a return, and the Mariners would need “King” Felix to win 25 games, along with so many other scenarios, so basically it could be a good-bye tour for Ichiro Suzuki.

2012 Predictions:

Texas Rangers 92-70
Los Angeles Angels 90-72
Oakland Athletics 75-87
Seattle Mariners 65-97

Sources: bet365.com, fanGraphs.com, Baseball-Reference.com

Comments (1)

  1. Bahahaha I love how V-Dub is the highest paid player on the Angels even though they just signed Pujols to a ridic contract. Also Cespedes is the highest plaid player on the A’s and has yet to play profession ball.

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