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Monday, December 14, 2009
Power shifting in AL West?

This week's megadeal isn't yet complete, but we might as well start analyzing its many (prospective) implications. Here's Larry Stone on what it means for the Mariners:
I'm not usually a big fan of trading prospects for one rent-a-veteran, but leaving aside some catastrophic injury, what's the worst that can happen to the Mariners? Absent catastrophic injury, they're going to wind up with prospects in July, or a couple of draft picks in 2011, or -- and here's everyone's preference -- everyone in Seattle will enjoy a wonderfully exciting summer for the first time since 2003.

Which sort of suddenly seems highly possible. Between the Mariners adding Chone Figgins and Cliff Lee, and the Angels losing Chone Figgins and John Lackey, the balance of power in the American League West really does seem to have shifted. Or evened, which is almost as exciting for Seattle and even more exciting for the rest of us.