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Rangers get Beltre, Angels get...more talk?

Posted on: January 4, 2011 2:42 pm
 
So Adrian Beltre is headed for Texas . Anyone want to hear what Arte Moreno has to say now?

I don't.

It doesn't really matter what the Angels owner says now, does it? It doesn't matter if he says again that he's going to spend whatever it takes to put the Angels back in the playoffs (that was October ). It doesn't matter whether he says that he couldn't sign Carl Crawford because he would have had to raise ticket prices, but that he had made "what we believe is a significant offer" to Beltre (that was December ).

It doesn't matter now, because Crawford is in Boston, and Beltre's deal is all but done in Texas.

It doesn't matter, because now not only have the Angels shown they're not prepared to compete financially with the big boys, but they've shown they can't even compete financially with the big boys in their own division.

There's still more than a month to go to spring training, which means that theoretically there's still time for the Angels to salvage their winter. But while there's still time, the shelves are now bare.

Beltre was the last significant position-player free agent on the market. The top pitchers still available, closer Rafael Soriano and starter Carl Pavano, are not high-impact guys (and Pavano doesn't fit the Angels, anyway).

Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times suggested that the Angels' next move could be a reunion with Vladimir Guerrero, the designated hitter they discarded last year because they thought he was too old. He'll be 36 by spring training.

Guerrero had a bounceback year with the Rangers, but there's little question that the Rangers are better off with Beltre at third base and Michael Young as the designated hitter. Beltre improves them defensively, and he could be an offensive upgrade as well (although Guerrero did drive in 115 runs).

For the Rangers, Beltre is a nice consolation prize, after they tried and failed to re-sign Cliff Lee. By signing him, the Rangers improve their team, but also prove to an newly energized fan base that they plan to compete in the winter as well as they did in the summer.

That's more bad news for the Angels, who for so long considered the American League West to be theirs.

With Kendry Morales coming back from the injury that cost him much of the 2010 season (and cost the Angels their best chance to compete), the Angels could have been division favorites had they signed Crawford, or even Beltre.

They're still not a bad team, but all the momentum in the West now belongs to the Rangers. Even the A's -- and remember, they finished ahead of the Angels last year, too -- have gotten a little bit better this winter.

The Angels?

They've signed Scott Downs and Hisanori Takahashi. And their owner has done a lot of talking.

Maybe he'll give another interview this week.

Unless it's to announce a big-time move (and at this point, what could that be?), I don't care.

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Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2011 11:27 am
 

Rangers get Beltre, Angels get...more talk?

The Angels will look like fools if they sign Vlad again.  The Rangers while on paper may look good this year with this Beltre deal it will turn around and bite them down the road.  This would have turned sour really fst had Young pitched a cow and demanded a trade.  He's too much of a team player and professional to do that so he's moving with in the team yet again to make room for someone "better" than him.  The Angels are at best a 500 team, the A's not much better than that so the division should be no problem for the Rangers to win.  The problem for all the American League teams is what to do about Philly, that pitching staff (if all do what they are capable of doing) is possibly the best rotation that baseball has ever seen.



Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: January 7, 2011 3:00 pm
 

Rangers get Beltre, Angels get...more talk?

It doesn't matter, because now not only have the Angels shown they're not prepared to compete financially with the big boys, but they've shown they can't even compete financially with the big boys in their own division.

Funny how all this spending on those players he named everyone is saying they all got to much money, pretty much a waste of money, because they will all be making 15+ million when there in there late 30's. So for the money they were asking and got I'm actually glad we didn't commit to something we might regret 2 years from now.


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