Need to know: The first year of Yusei Kikuchi’s four-year, $56-million deal was a bit of a disaster. The lefty stayed healthy, but posted a 5.46 ERA and 5.71 FIP in 32 starts. Still, we’ll give him one more year before landing him on this list. From 2012 to 2016, Seager averaged a 4.7 bWAR and a 121 OPS+. From 2017-19, those numbers drop to 2.0 and 101. His 2018 campaign was, by far, the worst of his career; in 155 games, he posted a .221 average and .673 OPS. He spent most of the first two months of 2019 on the IL and was more of his normal self the rest of the way, with a .789 OPS and more homers in 106 games (23) than he hit in 155 games of 2018 (22). Resolution options: The best thing for Mariners fans is to believe that his second half of 2019 is a sign that he has more productive years ahead of him. MORE CONTRACT ISSUES: AL East | AL CentralThey don’t have easy resolutions, though we’ll try and offer options where options might exist. We’ll go through MLB, division by division and look at the most pressing issues for every team in the majors. Today: the AL WestAstros: George SpringerContract details: Arbitration-eligible in 2020, free agent after 2020Need to know: Springer has been as much a part of Houston’s renaissance as anyone. A first-round pick of the franchise in 2011, Springer made his debut for the 2014 club that went 70-92, popping 20 homers with a 126 OPS+ in 78 games. And though he’s had injury issues — only one season with more than 140 games — Springer has played a huge role not just in Houston’s regular-season success, but in the Astros’ postseason pushes, too. He’s played 50 playoff games, has 15 homers, a .924 OPS, 35 runs scored and 28 RBIs. In his 14 career World Series games, he’s swatted seven homers, batted .339 with a .456 on-base percentage and 1.295 OPS. That’s epic stuff.But Springer — who is projected to make around $20 million in arbitration this season — is set to become a free agent after the 2020 season. Hard to imagine him playing with another team, isn’t it? Problem is, the Astros have already handed out lucrative long-term extensions to Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman — both very deserving, of course — and there are issues they have to face going forward to remain a World Series contender. Springer, Michael Brantley and Josh Reddick — the three starting outfielders — are all on track to become free agents after 2020, and the Astros won’t just hand all three outfield spots over to youngsters. Yuli Gurriel is a free agent after 2020, too, and Carlos Correa gets there after 2021. Gerrit Cole is a free agent now, and he’ll have to be replaced in the rotation. Justin Verlander and Zack Greinke are free agents after 2021 and they will make a combined $115.4 million over the next two years. That’s a lot of tied-up money, even if it’s going to rotation workhorses. Resolution options: Yikes, eh? The Astros can’t — well, won’t — give out market-value extensions to every player who deserves one. Tough choices will have to be made. Does Springer get his extension? Do they — gasp! — trade him for pitching? Does he play out 2020, making one more World Series run with the club, and then leave as a free agent?A’s: Khris DavisContract details: Two years, $33.5 millionNeed to know: Let’s start with this: Khris Davis earned this two-year extension, and don’t let his spot on this list convince you we think otherwise. He averaged 44 homers in his first three years with the A’s — including an AL-best 48 in 2018 — and posted a 130 OPS+. But his numbers dropped significantly in 2019, down to 23 homers and an 82 OPS+, with a minus-0.3 bWAR in 133 games. That’s precipitous stuff, and scary for a guy in his Age 31 season. And for a club operating with the kind of budget the A’s are, having your highest-paid player — nobody else is under contract for more than $8.5 million in 2020, though Marcus Semien will beat that in arbitration — be a less-than-productive player isn’t a good situation. Resolution options: There’s not much the A’s can do, other than hope he finds his old form in 2020. Davis is a slugging DH who didn’t slug much in 2019, and there’s not much of a trade market for guys like that. Rangers: Rougned OdorContract details: Three years, $33 million (with $13.5 million club option/$3.5 million buyout) left on six-year, $49.5 million dealNeed to know: Odor has power, yes. He’s popped exactly 30 home runs in two of the past three years. But in both of those years, he’s had a negative bWAR, his OPS+ has been way, way below league average (63 and 79; league average is 100) and his batting averages were .204 and .205. That’s not what you want. But Odor is still just 25 years old (he turns 26 in February) and lots of players get better from Age 26-29.Resolution options: The Rangers need to decide whether he’s part of their future, or they need to sell another team on what Odor could be in those prime Age 26-29 seasons and make a deal.Angels: Albert PujolsContract details: Two years, $59 million remaining on 10-year, $240-million dealNeed to know: Pujols stopped the production slide in 2019, getting his on-base percentage back above .300 and his OPS back above .700, to go with 23 homers and 93 RBIs (his OPS with RISP was .913!) and he still doesn’t strike out much — his strikeout percentage (12.5 percent) was 11th-lowest of 135 qualified batters last year. But he’s still being paid like the superstar he once was, and pointing out that he got “his OPS back above .700” seems silly for a guy who had an OPS of 1.037 in his first 11 years in the league. But that’s where we are, and that’s why he’s here. Resolution options: Two more years and he’ll be off the books. He’s 44 home runs away from 700, and if the Angels are lucky he’ll give them a chase at that round number.Mariners: Kyle SeagerContract details: Two years, $37 million (with $15 million club option) left on seven-year, $100-million deal We all love to read (and write!) about the worst contracts in baseball. You know the big ones by heart: Josh Hamilton, Barry Zito, Jacoby Ellsbury, Albert Pujols, Mike Hampton and on and on. But the big-money deals that go south aren’t the only types of contract situations that create big problems. Sometimes, lack of years is as big of an issue as number of years on a deal, and we’re going to look at all of those things with this series. These are the contract situations that keep general managers and team presidents — or whatever the official title happens to be for the decision makers — up at night.