Contenders, Pretenders, and the Pending Firesales of 2012 – The A.L. West

As we begin to hit the period of critical mass in the 2012 Major League Baseball season, the rumor mill has begun to swirl with trade gossip and the always fun topic of figuring out the teams that will be playing buyers and sellers during that last week of July.

Than you all for reading my series here on  We have ripped through five of the six divisions and today we reach our finale –

the American League West – home of the two-time defending AL Champion Texas Rangers, the loaded Los Angeles Angels, and two other teams.

American League West

The Texas Rangers have enjoyed the most success in their 40-year history in Arlington over the past three years.  The two-time defending A.L. Pennant winners are currently riding the best record in baseball and despite that, they continue to add talent and look for another big deal to solidify their roster this summer (Zack Greinke, anyone?).  Continue reading