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SAN DIEGO -- The 2014 edition of the winter meetings lived up to its hype, and that’s not always the case.
There were lots of rumors and lots of big moves that backed up those rumors. More than likely, you’re up to speed on what the A’s did. They traded first baseman Brandon Moss to Cleveland for minor league second baseman Joe Wendle. They dealt starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija to the White Sox for a package that included shortstop Marcus Semien. Then they wrapped up by trading for first baseman/outfielder Mark Canha, a Rule 5 pick who has a chance to stick on the major league roster.
As for what the rest of the American League West accomplished over four days in San Diego, here’s a rundown (listed alphabetically by mascot, just for kicks):
Los Angeles Angels -- After standing quietly off to the side over the first couple days, the Angels kicked it into gear Wednesday, trading second baseman Howie Kendrick to the Dodgers for promising young left-hander Andrew Heaney.
That’s not a bad core of starting pitchers the Angels are building for their future -- Heaney, Garrett Richards, Matt Shoemaker, Tyler Skaggs (though he’ll miss next season because of Tommy John surgery) and Hector Santiago. It’s also a group that won’t break the bank over the next few seasons either.
Now the Angels have to find a suitable way to replace Kendrick at second base. They acquired Josh Rutledge from Colorado on Wednesday night for reliever Jairo Diaz, and he’ll join a battle at second that includes former A’s first-round pick Grant Green.
[RELATED: Angels roster]
Houston Astros -- A’s fans will see some familiar faces next season coming out of the Houston bullpen. The Astros signed ex-Oakland relievers Luke Gregerson and Pat Neshek on Wednesday to shore up their relief corps, and they’ve shown interest in another former Athletic. Shortstop Jed Lowrie reportedly is on the Astros’ radar. He spent 2012 with the team before being traded to the A’s the following February.
The other major focus moving forward, according to the Houston Chronicle, is adding a mid-rotation starter to boost a team that is showing signs of moving up the ladder in the AL West.
[RELATED: Astros roster]
Seattle Mariners -- Hopefully the Mariners enjoyed the sunny weather because they didn’t complete much business during four days in San Diego. Not that the pressure was on to make something happen. They’ve already signed outfielder Nelson Cruz, slated to be their designated hitter, and they traded outfielder Michael Saunders to Toronto for lefty starter J.A. Happ.
The search for another right-handed hitting outfielder continues. Seattle has been linked to the Braves’ Justin Upton, but doesn’t seem willing to trade young starters Taijuan Walker or James Paxton to get him. Free agent switch hitter Melky Cabrera remains a strong possibility to eventually round out the Mariners’ outfield.
[RELATED: Mariners roster]
Texas Rangers -- General manager Jon Daniels appeared on the verge of finalizing a trade for Washington lefty Ross Detwiler as of Thursday afternoon. Beyond that, it was a very quiet winter meetings for Texas. Detwiler pitched out of the bullpen last season but indications are the Rangers are viewing him as a potential starter. They’re looking for rotation help, and adding a catcher is also on the to-do list.
A return to health by first baseman Prince Fielder would do wonders for the Rangers offense in and of itself. And Daniels said he might still be re-tooling the roster after the team reports for spring training, according to the Fort Worth Star Telegram.
[RELATED: Rangers roster]