Archive for the ‘Los Angeles Angels’ Category

Reds Interested in Scott Podsednik?

December 22, 2010

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports is reporting the Reds may be interested in signing Scott Podsednik.

The Angels have also reportedly expressed interest in signing Podsednik.

Latest on Adrian Beltre, Brandon Webb and Jeff Francis

December 22, 2010
It is a slow day so far as Christmas approaches. Only a couple of minor updates this morning. 

The Adrian Beltre situation is getting more interesting every day. His Agent Scott Boras is reportedly asking for around 90 million over 5 years. The only two offers that have been publicized are a 5 year 64 million dollar offer from the Athletics that has reportedly been pulled. And a 5 year 70 million dollar offer from the Angels which has also reportedly been pulled.

Other teams have been mentioned as possible suitors for Beltre including the Rangers. But no other teams appear to have significant interest at the moment.

This appears to be a situation of Boras trying to get the Angels to bid against themselves. Angels owner Arte Moreno is a smart businessman and knows the biggest spending teams including the Yankees, Red Sox and Phillies are almost assuredly are not interested in signing Beltre.

My guess is the Angels will end up signing Beltre.

Brandon Webb rumors were rampant on Tuesday including a deal with the Rangers was eminent. These rumors were quickly rebuffed and Webb remains unsigned as of this morning. The teams most linked with Webb at this point are the Ranges, Nationals and Cubs. The were also whispers of a “mystery team” The idea of a mystery team sounds funny until you remember a mystery team ended up signing Cliff Lee.

Jeff Francis has been linked with five teams including the Mets, Nationals, Pirates, Rangers and Yankees. Francis has never lived up to his early career hype and battled shoulder problems. At this point in his career he is a low cost pitcher with some upside for a team looking to take a flier on a fifth starter.

Tuesday December 21, 2010 Day In Review

December 21, 2010

Orioles Turn Attention from Adam LaRoche to Derrek Lee

http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/sports/orioles/blog/2010/12/currently_at_impasse_with_laro.html

The Yankees Hit with 18 Million Dollars in Luxury Tax Down From 25.7 Million in 2009.

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2010/12/21/sports/baseball/AP-BBO-Luxury-Tax.html?_r=1&ref=newyorkyankees

Theo Epstein Reiterates Papelbon is Closer After Finalizing Deal for Bobby Jenks

http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/extras/extra_bases/2010/12/epstein_papelbo.html

Angels on Again Off Again Interest in Adrian Beltre.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/sports_blog/2010/12/angels-pull-offer-to-beltre-off-table-but-door-is-still-open-to-sign-third-baseman.html

Brandon Webb is in Texas. Wait Brandon Webb is not in Texas.

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20101221&content_id=16353822&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb

Athletics Finalize Deal With Rich Harden. Role as Starter or Bullpen to be Determined

http://www.insidebayarea.com/athletics/ci_16915018

Angels Reportedly Pull Offer to Adrian Beltre

December 21, 2010
The Adrian Beltre story has been a hot topic today. 

Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times is reporting the Angels have pulled their reported offer of 5 years 70 million dollars to Adrian Beltre. Though the Angels would not rule out signing Beltre.

Beltre is represented by Scott Boras who is reportedly asking for a 5 year deal in the 85-90 million dollar range . The Angels had contentious dealings with Boras in 2008 when they were trying to sign Mark Teixeira to a long term deal before being outbid by the Yankees.

Angels owner Arte Moreno has reportedly made it clear that his offer to Beltre will not be increased.

Angels Not Out on Adrian Beltre

December 21, 2010
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports the Angels are not out on Adrian Beltre as earlier reported. But he says they remain far apart in contract talks.

Rosenthal reports Beltre’s Agent Scott Boras is asking for 5 years in the 85-90 million dollar range.

The Angels are reportedly offering a 5 year deal in the 70 million range.

This should be interesting as Angels Owner Arte Moreno has stated he will do what it takes to win. But the Angels have yet to make a big splash in the free agent market this off season after reportedly losing out on Carl Crawford.

Angels Will Not Sign Adrian Beltre

December 21, 2010
Joe McDonnell is reporting the Angels will not sign Adrian Beltre.This is interesting as the Angeles had seemingly became the front runners for Beltre after losing out on Carl Crawford.

There were numerous reports of the Angels presenting Beltre with a “significant” contract offer last week. Beltre already reportedly shot down a 5 year 64 million dollar offer from the Athletics. Rumor was he was using the Athletics offer as leverage against other teams.

Angels Interested in Scott Podsednik?

December 20, 2010
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports is reporting the Angels are interested in signing Scott Podsednik. Podsednik did not perform to the level the Dodgers had hoped after a trade deadline deal in 2010. 

Podsednik has always had the knock of being strictly a base stealer. He will be 35 when the 2011 season starts and you have to wonder how much he can really provide other than stealing 30 bases?

Angels Make “Significant Offer” to Adrian Beltre

December 17, 2010
Several media outlets are reporting the Angels have made a significant offer to Adrian Beltre. As reported in the Los Angeles Times, when asked about Carl Crawford, Angels Owner Arte Moreno mentioned a significant offer to Beltre. Beltre reportedly recently spurned at 5 year 64 million dollar offer from the Athletics. Rumor is Beltre is looking for a deal in the neighborhood of 5 years 75 million. 

Angles Never Made “Official” Offer to Carl Crawford

December 17, 2010
Mike DiGivoanna of the Los Angeles Times has a story about Angels owner Arte Moreno discussing Carl Crawford. Moreno said he never made an “official” offer to Crawford. But said he was willing to make a significant offer to Crawford but was not willing to match the 7 year 142 million offer made by the Red Sox. 

Moreno reiterated his commitment to fielding a winning team while maintaining reasonable ticket prices.

What’s New on The Adrian Beltre Front?

December 14, 2010

With Cliff Lee off the board Adrian Beltre is arguably the biggest name left on the free agent board. The most persistent rumor was the Athletics had offered Beltre a 5 year 64 million dollar deal. But Beltre seemed to show little interest beyond using the offer as leverage against other teams. The A’s finally figured out they were being used as leverage and pulled the offer off the table.

With the A’s as well as the big spending Yankees and Red Sox seemingly out of the question the Beltre situation should be interesting.

Multiple reports state the Angels have money to spend but have been unable to land any of the top free agents thus far this off season. Multiple reports said Carl Crawford turned down a near identical offer from the Angels to sign with the Red Sox. And that was after heavy recruitment from Torii Hunter.

Although recent rumors say the Rangers will make a serious run at Beltre you would have to think the Angels will step up their efforts to sign him. The Angels know they can’t sit back and let the Rangers pull away from them in the AL West. Of course maybe the Rangers are merely feigning serious interest in Beltre to drive the price up for the Angels.

This should be interesting as Beltre is probably going to end up getting in the area of 5 years 75 million. He has a history of playing great in walk years and leveling off after signing new deals. One would have to think there is a great chance Beltre will underachieve on the deal he is sure to get.