Angels Don’t Face Financial Limitations

The Angels will be in the red this year, but that won’t stop them from spending. As they head toward their first losing season since 2003, it’s becoming apparent that the Angels will lose about $10MM this year, a baseball source told Mark Saxon of ESPNLos Angeles.com

But Angels fans can still dream about a 2011 outfield that includes Carl Crawford. Multiple sources tell Saxon that the organization plans to push aggressively to sign the left fielder when he hits free agency after the season. Speaking in general terms, GM Tony Reagins said the team will be able to spend this offseason.

"You always have to take account of how the finances work, but we're not limited financially in any way," Reagins said. "Whatever we need to do that makes sense and that's reasonable, we'll address."

Crawford, Adrian Beltre and Jayson Werth are among the top free agent position players who could draw interest from the Angels. The team’s rotation appears to be set, but the club will likely pursue relievers and consider trading Mike Napoli at some point this winter.


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53 Comments on "Angels Don’t Face Financial Limitations"


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Prince_Fielders_Donuts
4 years 9 months ago

Its nice seeing the Angels finally lose the AL West, it was getting so stale seeing them win every year and i hope the rangers win the world series

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4 years 9 months ago

Booooooooooooooooo!

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Dave_Gershman
4 years 9 months ago

I don’t think he’s right about what he said about the Angels, but I really think Texas will win it all. In fact, I feel 100% comfortable that Felix will win the Cy Young, 80% comfortable that Halladay wins it in the NL, 60% that Sabathia doesn’t get a 1st place vote, and 101% that Texas at least makes it to the ALCS!

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Sniderlover
4 years 9 months ago

Halladay just bumped it up to 75% today.

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Dave_Gershman
4 years 9 months ago

I said 80%…And he did bump it up, bumped it up to 100%!

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Sniderlover
4 years 9 months ago

Hahah I read 60% for some reason, lol.

I knew he would dominate NL easily. Imagine what Halladay could get if he didn’t re-sign with Phillies for such a bargain. O.o

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Dave_Gershman
4 years 9 months ago

1 trillion dollars over 50 years

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Jessamynn
4 years 9 months ago

I’m convinced Halladay could have gotten a record deal had he reached free agency — or at the least, something matching Sabathia’s deal. Halladay is basically a taller version of Greg Maddux, meaning his style of pitching should allow him to age very well.

Watching him pitch, it’s just unfair — NL lineups just dont have a chance. He has a couple of complete games in which he threw under 100 pitches — that’s just unreal. I’ve always felt that Pedro (in his prime) was the best pitcher I ever saw, but sometimes Halladay looks pretty close.

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start_wearing_purple
4 years 9 months ago

Actually my vote is for the Rays or the Phillies this year. Rangers are good… but I don’t think they’re good enough.

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abes_seed
4 years 9 months ago

aren’t you banned?

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4 years 9 months ago

BOOOO this man!

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kdub53
4 years 9 months ago

big talk there guy
bet ur a yankees fan in secrecy :)

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Dave_Gershman
4 years 9 months ago

Okay, so Crawford, Beltre, Crain, and Qualls are officially Angels.

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4 years 9 months ago

I’d rather have Crawford and Downs, and pass on Beltre, Werth, and Qualls. Crain is a possibility I haven’t really looked at.

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Jonathunder
4 years 9 months ago

Man, an Angels team with either Beltre, Crawford, or Werth would be a force to be reckoned with. One year away from the ALCS, a signing of any of these three would put them as early favorites to get back in my book.

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ze3
4 years 9 months ago

Crawford, here we go

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ze3
4 years 9 months ago

Is it safe to say that Reagins learned his lesson from making horrible FA signings the last offseason? $10M in the red, dang.

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4 years 9 months ago

I don’t know if it’s safe to say that if he’s willing to spend $18M a year on Crawford for six to seven years, which is what he’s likely to get.

That’s not a contract that the team who gets him is going to be digging in three years.

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Jonathunder
4 years 9 months ago

As the Angels always have talent, and were so close to the series a year ago, wouldn’t it make sense to spend the money to get them there? Seems like a successful team would make back that money, especially in fan friendly Anaheim when they are winning.

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bjsguess
4 years 9 months ago

The Angels attendance this year is virtually the same as last year. They are $10m in the hole because the team can’t support a $120m+ payroll. Unlike clubs like the Red Sox and Yankees, the Angels can’t spend gobs of money and still turn a profit.

The team cannot afford to sign a big time contract this off-season as things stand today. The only thing I can think of is they are looking to go in the hole again for 2011 knowing that they have gobs of money coming off the books following next year (only $50m in commitments for 2012).

Of course, they could afford Crawford if they would deal Abreu and Rivera. An outfield defense of Bourjos, Hunter and Crawford would be sick. Hopefully, by 2012 it would Trout, Crawford, and Bourjos. That would be flat out phenomenal.

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4 years 9 months ago

The Angels are in the red because of the horrible GMJ signing. It cost Bill Stoneman his job, and the Angels are still paying for it, to the tune of $11M a year.

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kdub53
4 years 9 months ago

i agree
that guy was the big curse…worse then wood for sure lol
especially when you factor in the millions :)

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bjsguess
4 years 9 months ago

GMJ didn’t help things but EVERY team has a bad signing. This is especially true for teams with payrolls in the $90m+ category.

Astros – $92m with $19m tied up in Lee (705 OPS + awful defense and baserunning)
Brewers – $90m with $12m tied up in Suppan
Cards – $95m with $9m tied up in Lohse (80 innings with an ERA above 7)
Cubs – $144m with $13m tied up in Lee (now traded), $18m in Big-Z

etc, etc.

GMJ was bad. So was Speier. So was the Kazmir trade. So was Torri Hunter (not yet but it will be before the deal is over). You give a GM enough rope and they will hang themselves. The goal isn’t to be perfect, rather a good GM minimizes mistakes.

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ze3
4 years 9 months ago

Honestly, I don’t believe the attendance was the same as last year. Don’t get me wrong, the sold tickets were the same, but people stopped going. That means no revenue from food or merchandise, which can be pretty heavy. A person spends around than $10 when going to a game just for food. That’s like $300,000 per game, for 81 home games thats more than $34M for the season. I know that you have to count costs and what not, but I hope I’m getting my point across.

I’m a season seat holder, and when they reported that the attendance was 39,000 for the game and you look at the stands, there was no way that many people were ever inside the stadium, specially towards the end of the season. Have you checked Stubhub lately? The cheapest tickets are about 10 cents, that’s insane. Part of the Angels’ loss is because they played so bad nobody wanted to go to the big A. I’m not saying this is the only reason, but one of the reasons.

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cookmeister
4 years 9 months ago

people stopped going as much to games when the playoffs were basically unreachable. but even on nights when they play “boring” or “bad” teams, there are still 30k+, which is more than alot of stadiums get when they play good teams