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Tuesday, December 29, 2009
AL West keeps making deals

By Richard Durrett

The last couple of days have seen more activity in the AL West. I'm still amazed by how the deals keep coming in the Rangers' division.


The Angels signed former Detroit closer Fernando Rodney to a two-year deal worth $11 million. He's supposed to set up Brian Fuentes. That certainly strengthens the Angels' bullpen. But the question now is whether the Angels' budget has money left over to do much else. ESPN Insider Keith Law thinks they overpaid for Rodney.


The A's have reached an agreement with Justin Duchscherer. ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick wrote that it's one year at $5.5 million. Duchscherer missed the 2009 season with elbow surgery and had treatment for clinical depression. He gives the A's a veteran presence in that rotation.


The Rangers have made several additions this offseason. And they aren't done. They are continuing to look for a right-handed bat to go in the middle of the lineup and have interest in Jermaine Dye and Vladimir Guerrero. They've also looked at left-handed hitter Jim Thome as a possible DH.


And we haven't even discussed the Mariners, who have made their team the strongest with plenty of additions, including Cliff Lee and Chone Figgins.


It's made the entire division better. Does it mean the Mariners are the favorites? Have the Rangers done enough to get past the Angels?