Texas Rangers Link Dump: Interview, Projections and X-Factors


We’re just a few days away from the first Texas Rangers spring training game. While many of our favorite players likely won’t receive much playing time, who cares? It’s baseball! We’re going to start doing a weekly, or perhaps twice-weekly link dump to get you caught up on all of the news around the A.L. West from our sister sites.

At Climbing Tal’s Hill, they’ve been predicting who will be on the Astros roster come opening day. Over the weekend they looked at the outfield, which has a lot of moving parts that could determine how the pieces fall.

Next: Astros Roster Projections: Outfield

Co-editor Eric Huysman interviewed Astros utility prospect Joe Sclafani, and they talked about what it’s like to prepare to play nearly every position.

Next: Joe Sclafani Interview

New co-editor at Swingin’ A’s, Joseph DeClercq, wrote a piece detailing the battle that the Oakland Athletics have on their hands for the closer position with Sean Doolittle likely to start the season on the disabled list. With Doolittle’s timetable up in the air, the player that is chosen may have the job for a while.

Next: Who Should Close For Oakland?

Jason wrote a piece detailing the best and worst investments on the roster for Oakland heading into 2015. The A’s ranked 8th on the “Moneyball” Power Rankings.

Next: The A's Best and Worst Investments

Over at Sodo Mojo, hopes are running high that the Mariners will be able to claim the A.L. West crown. Charlie Spencer-Davis writes about Austin Jackson and the impact he could have in Seattle.

Next: Austin Jackson: Seattle's X-Factor

Dan Hughes throws out five bold predictions (as made by Sporting News) for the Mariners as the season approaches. I’m not sure Felix Hernandez “is really, really really good” counts as a prediction, however.

Next: Mariners Bold Predictions

Mike Greyshock gives his take on the Angels offseason over at Halo Hangout. They added some pitching, but lost some key players in the process. How does Mike feel?

Next: Analyzing the Angels Offseason

Brain Helberg takes a look at what the backup plan will be in Anaheim with Josh Hamilton‘s status up in the air.

Next: Hamilton Backup Plan: Joyce and Cron

We’re just as excited for you for some real live Texas Rangers baseball to be played, so check back later in the week for our coverage!

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