Angels To Pursue Pitching, Hunter

The Angels will make significant changes to their roster following a season that included many positive developments before ending in disappointment, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports. The team enters the offseason with a number of top priorities: re-signing free agents Zack Greinke and Torii Hunter, adding at least one more starting pitcher, improving the bullpen and trading Vernon Wells.

The Angels will likely let Dan Haren, Ervin Santana, LaTroy Hawkins, Jason Isringhausen and Maicer Izturis go, DiGiovanna reports. Haren has said he’d consider returning for less than the value of his $15.5MM option. Santana recently suggested he’s prepared for a change if the Angels decline his 2013 option, as expected.

The Angels have “a tremendous interest” in re-signing Hunter, general manager Jerry Dipoto said. The GM confirmed that the Angels would “like to explore” contract talks with the agent for Greinke. Both players have significant leverage after playing well in 2012, but Dipoto pointed out that the Angels have “never been short of resources." Just don’t expect them to use those resources on relief pitchers. Spending lavishly on relievers "is akin to going to Las Vegas and throwing it down on double-zero green," Dipoto said.

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  1. $20404099 3 years ago

    Trading Wells is a monumental task that will have the Angels eating all but the league minimum at best. What they’ll get in return won’t be much either. It amazes me how often teams willingly take on other teams’ problem contracts/players thinking they have the answer(s) to rejuvenating them. Wells should be required to wear a ski mask when cashing his checks.

    • Nobody forced the Angels to take on Wells’ absurd deal. Reagins should be the one required to wear a ski mask.

    • johnsilver 3 years ago

      “Wells should be required to wear a ski mask when cashing his checks.”

      There is a LOT of players who fit that bill.. Bay, Soriano, Werth, Zambrano, Lackey, Matsuzaka. the list is long and grows almost 2 fold every year with more 10 year deals given out to players with little chance of living up to the deal half way thru them.

    • fighterflea 3 years ago

      To the Phils: Vernon Wells, Peter Bourjos and minor league third base prospect Luis Jimenez and $20 million.

      To the Angels: Josh Lindblom, John Mayberry Jr., David Herndon and minor league pitcher J.C. Ramirez

      Angels interested inthat deal?

      • John 3 years ago

        Swap Sebastian Valle, Shane Watson, and Ethan Stewart for the 4 you mentioned and maybe.

        • fighterflea 3 years ago

          Thought Angels were looking for relievers that could help now. Your post suggests otherwise. I think Shane Watson would be the sticking point. Phils could absorb some Wells salary if Angels can eat some but maybe the Angels can get a better offer on Wells elsewhere. Angels could get a better offer from the Phils or others I imagine if they eat more salary. Just not sure how many teams would do that for Wells. As far as this offer, he’d be a $14.5 million a year player for the Phils for two years. Not ideal but maybe the Angels are not as down on Wells as the posters here seem to be or maybe the salary hit isn’t as troublesome as it would be for most teams..

  2. BK 3 years ago

    Minus April this was the best team in baseball. Why explode the roster outside of letting Santana walk and adding bullpen help?

    • Raymond Holguin 3 years ago

      I don’t necessarily see this as exploding the roster. Wells/both izzy’s/hawkins did next to nothing, counldn’t be trusted and can easily be replaced. Seeing how weak pitching is in the FA market I can see them at least letting santanna/haren walk but making them smaller offers based on past seasons performances. Its not like they are having a fire sale getting rid of all their valuable pieces

      • BK 3 years ago

        Not signing Haren to a deal will be a mistake. Bringing back Haren and Griekne makes the Angels very dangerous. Especially if CJ Wilson return to form post surgery. Also they should figure out who swapped out Mark Trumbos at all-star break and bring back the original one.

        • LayerCake 3 years ago

          The last made me laugh cause I was wondering the same thing. Hes been riding the bench in my fantasy league since August

  3. Raymond Holguin 3 years ago

    I can understand the idea behind paying big money for relievers but the fact of the matter is something has to be done as they were the biggest reason the angels didn’t make the playoffs. 22+ blow leads is not going to cut it, but that in half to be around league average and we have the best record in baseball.

  4. Spahndoe 3 years ago

    Greinke is gonna do 1 thing with Dipoto’s offer: use it to get a better one from the ballers up in LA

    • BK 3 years ago

      The ones with the worse record you mean?

      • East Coast Bias 3 years ago

        More motivation to overspend.

      • johnsilver 3 years ago

        Dodgers don’t need to waste money on Greinke, especially 100m+ on someone with an up and down track record like he has. They would be a lot better off signing Sanchez, even Jackson on a 1-2Y deal, seeing if Seattle will let Vargas go cheap, looking at Santanna and Haren on the cheap.. They don’t need an ace, even a #2, but mid rotation guys and Chavez Ravine is an instant cure for any of those named above ills.

        Noooo reason to throw away good money on greinke when they can save serious $$$ on others. I even think Sanchez could put up serious numbers in LA where he had *both* a nice, huge stadium to pitch in and offensive support behind him.

        • Spahndoe 3 years ago

          Cant believe you want Santana and his 38 HR’s allowed…wow…just wow. And Jonathan Sanchez? You get what you pay for.

          • johnsilver 3 years ago

            LOL WRONG Sanchez there dude.. Anibal.. Solid for 4 seasons at miami with -0- run support and defense..

            Santana? Chavez Ravine “fixes” awful pitchers.. Just ask Derek Low and Ted Lilly and look at Josh Beckett.. It cures “what ails em’ ” and LA only needs a mid rotation guy not someone like Greinke, expecting to be paid like an Ace and only had **1** season like that several years back.

      • Spahndoe 3 years ago

        The ones who will be watching the playoffs from the same spot as the Angels, thats right. Pujols, Trout, Weaver (all of which were for a full season less Trout’s 5/6 of a season) and still couldnt beat the moneyballers. And you dont need to make the playoffs to be loaded…They’ll be fine next year with a full offseason to reboot and add depth to the rotation, and hopefully find a hitting coach.

    • GasLampGuru 3 years ago

      Don’t you need to make the playoffs to be “ballers”?

  5. Thurman8er 3 years ago

    “…trading Vernon Wells…” He says that like it’s possible. Funny.
    As to the rest, it only makes sense to let those five go. They are not producing the bulk of what will get the Angels to the postseason in 2013.

  6. Shane_McMahon 3 years ago

    Thank goodness Dipoto didn’t take the Oriole job….

  7. Nizock 3 years ago

    I don’t get it. Why would we let Haren go? Besides this year, the dude has been solid.

  8. Scott Davis 3 years ago

    Keep Haren – he’s as good as you will find on the market. Trade Trumbo and Conger to Tampa Bay for Price and a relief pitcher. Make a run at Mike Adams now that the Rangers are out of it.

  9. angryredmenace 3 years ago

    The Sox gave up Adrian Gonzalez to get rid of Carl Crawford contracts, so who are the Angels giving up; Mike Trout?

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