AL West Preview: Angels by Default

Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim watches his hit for a triple go to the right center field in the fifth inning during the MLB game against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 20, 2014. (Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim watches his hit for a triple go to the right center field in the fifth inning during the MLB game against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 20, 2014. (Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

The AL West looks like the weakest division in baseball. Oakland traded away all their good players, Seattle thought Nelson Cruz was worth giving $57...

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  • FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2013 file photo, New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez, with his hand to his head, talks during a news conference before the Yankees played the Chicago White Sox in a baseball game at US Cellular Field in Chicago. The owner of a now-defunct Florida clinic was charged Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, with conspiracy to distribute steroids, more than a year after he was accused of providing performance-enhancing drugs to Yankees star Alex Rodriguez and other players. Federal court records show Anthony Bosch is charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute testosterone. (AP Photo/Charles Cherney, File)

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  • FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2014, file photo, Kansas City Royals starting pitcher James Shields listens to a question during a news conference at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. The Royals extended a $15.3 million qualifying offer Monday, Nov. 3, 2014,  to Shields, which assures Kansas City of draft pick compensation if its staff ace signs a major league contract with another team before June 8. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

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  • FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2014, file photo, St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn throws during the second inning in Game 2 of the National League baseball championship series against the San Francisco Giants in St. Louis. Lynn, among baseball's winningest pitchers over the last three seasons, agreed Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, to a $22 million, three-year contract with the Cardinals. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

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