Angels Not Limited As Deadline Nears

The Angels will be able to spend as they please this summer, GM Tony Reagins told Jim Bowden of Sirius XM Radio (Twitter link). Reagins said the Angels have the financial and positional freedom to make the additions his club needs.

The 41-34 Angels are 4.5 games behind the streaking Rangers in the AL West and may need infield help. Injuries to Erick Aybar and Maicer Izturis could force Reagins to pursue a shortstop, though that hasn't been the biggest problem for the team in 2010; Angels third basemen have combined to post a .596 OPS with four homers. Manager Mike Scioscia has found ways to fill in for injured first baseman Kendry Morales, but the team could also pursue a replacement via trade.

The Angels could use some pitching, too. Only the Indians, Orioles, Astros, Pirates, Brewers and D'Backs have allowed more runs. The team's bullpen, a major strength for much of the last decade, has posted a 4.94 ERA so far this year, so Reagins could pursue a second lefty to complement closer Brian Fuentes.

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