The Mariners, Rangers and Angels could all make moves between now and Opening Day, though the A's appear to have completed the bulk of their offseason shopping. Some updates on the AL West…
- Longtime Mariner Jamie Moyer told Seattle fans that he would consider returning to the Mariners in 2012, according to MLB.com's Greg Johns. The lefty is recovering from Tommy John surgery and will miss the 2011 season.
- Mariners assistant GM Jeff Kingston says the team could still add a veteran pitcher or two as non-roster invitees, according to Larry Stone of the Seattle Times (on Twitter).
- Brandon Webb told the Ben and Skin radio show that he has made "dramatic strides," and that he has been pleased with "awesome" results so far this offseason. The Dallas Morning News passes along the quotes from Webb, who is recovering from shoulder injuries.
- Rangers president Nolan Ryan says he expects Michael Young to be on the team as the regular DH on Opening Day, according to Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (on Twitter).
- Scott Boras told Bill Shaikin of the LA Times that he has had "great," discussions with the Angels this offseason. Team owner Arte Moreno said yesterday that he had no interest in meeting with Boras and suggested he doesn't have "anything nice" to say about the agent.
Ahhh Boras and Moreno, the problems of the rich.
Team owner Arte Moreno said yesterday that he had no interest in meeting with Boras and suggested he doesn’t have “anything nice” to say about the agent.
Wow…I love how the animosity is so open between Boras and Moreno….
Oh wait…no I don’t. :((
Not so ‘Angelic’ [or professional] I think, Arte ol’ boy. Still, it’s not like he’s the first….
To sum it up, it’s pathetic. Moreno is going to screw the Angels over by acting like a teenage girl. Thankfully, I’m not an Angels fan!
Its not just between Boars and Moreno. Kenny Williams has very open dislike for Boras which is why he tends to shy away from boras clients. Back in the crede days before he was let to walk. There was a ton of drama between Kenny and Boras over an extension. Boras obviously wants the kings gold for his talented 3rd basemen and kenny wants market value
Its not just between Boars and Moreno.
Hence my comment that: “Still, it’s not like he’s the first….”
And it’s not like I don’t understand where he’s coming from either. After all, “Boars” is a pretty good description of Scott’s M.O. in a lot of ways [props – even if it was a typo!]. I just think it’s a bad situation…and it’s a shame.
I hate how borass is more professional than the owner of my team… He really shouldn’t say anything at all even if he DOES have something nice to say. Every time Moreno has opened his mouth this offseason he has made the Angels look bad.
Even with such a disappointing off-season, Moreno is one of the best owners in any sport. He spends big bucks while cutting prices for us to see the games. He took a team that had some pretty horrible attendance and now brings in 3million+ fans year in and year out (every year since 2003 – prior high in the entire history of the franchise was 2.8 million in 1982). He consistently puts a solid product on the field…
In the pre-Moreno era, the Angels only had 4 playoff appearances in 41 years. In the 8 years he has owned the team we have been in the playoffs 5 times. You may not be happy with this offseason but Moreno has earned a little slack in my opinion.
By making public his distaste for Boras and his tactics, doesn’t that send a pretty clear message to any player that if they have aspirations to be an Angel they would be better served by having a different agent? Moreno can’t come out and say publicly that he will not deal with Boras, that would be collusion, but he can show his disgust for him and hope that others follow suit and rid baseball of this cancer.
Jamie Moyer would be the Mariners #2!
And he’ll be 48, right? I could seriously see him competing for the number 2 spot for them.
Pineda will be their number 2. I like the idea of bringing him in as a number six starter, as long as it is made clear to him. We already had an issue with one player past his prime who was given way more playing time than fans were told.
Moyer is the man. he has so much experience in baseball. i hope he gets a chance to comeback. if not, he is going to be a great coach, hopefully with the phillies, if he wants to do that of course.
He’d make a great pitching coach. The only problem is he still thinks he’s 30 years old. Right now he’s the age of a pitching coach, not a pitcher!
When I first heard Moyer was attempting a comeback after TJ surg, I almost fainted!!
As a Phillies fan, I want to see him come back and be a pitcher/coach. He’s a class act and I’d hate to see him leave.
do the phillies even need a pitching coach?? lol
Lefties.. look at what cliff is doing
Righties.. look at what leroy is doing.
Fun fact: Jamie Moyer is the same age as John Farrell.
Of course Boras says he’s had “great” discussions with the Angels. After seeing them get fleeced in the Wells trade, he wants to talk to them as much as he can!
Of course most owners/GMs don’t like Boras. However, it’s probably not in Moreno’s best interests to speak about it publicly. What probably makes it more difficult for Moreno is that Boras is also a paying customer. Us Angel fans have to put up with watching him in a dug out suite on a regular basis.
You watch Boras in his dugout suite instead of the game? I can see why that might make you mad, as it has to be boring as hell just watching an agent watch a ball game.
No, not watching him directly but you can’t help but notice his mug in the background when watching the games on TV. Sort of like when those two guys with umpire masks are sitting in the background…it’s a little distracting.
Yep, Boras’ head is pretty much right there above the ump’s shoulder all night
Nothing quite like an Ancient Mariner
but can he rhyme ,and is that a van smack bobble head
lol, nope, I hijacked my own xbox live avatar… Blond hair & big ears on Rome would be kinda wrong tho! 😀
those bobble heads are never very realistic
I can’t blame Boras for doing whatever he can to get every last dime for his clients. And I can’t blame owners for being upset about being led along until the Yankees or Red Sox squeeze out that dime.
Don’t hate the playa, hate the game. lol
Pretty stupid to irritate or ignore the guy with most of the best clients in the game. An owner being mad at an agent for being good at his job is a pretty dumb owner, in my book.
I thought that in the AL, the DH was the player with a big bat and nearly zero defense.. Having Young as a DH gives the club more versatility but his glove doesn’t pay dividend..
It’s like having two very good catchers.. Yes it’s an asset if injury comes in but it doesn’t do the club good.. It’s a waste as far as i’m concerned
As a Rangers fan I agree..
The way i look at it though, is why move him unless we get some salary relief.
unless someone wants to take him for at least half his contract, hes going to be the best utility player in the MLB. and as far as batting, most people will take .284/21HR/91RBI with decent speed out of their DH right?
i just wish people can take a step back and look at it that way…
if you would consider you look at it like your over paying for a DH (7mill) and over paying for a great utility player (5mill) the place they use him in isnt terrible…
yes he is over paid no doubt, but he is playing 2 position the DH and utility infielder.
From what I have read on various rumors we would have to pay about $8 mil per year of his salary leaving us $8 mil freed up. But we would have to spend more than $8 mil to replace what he brings to the club. No way we get the return in prospects or utility infielder that can handle that plus get near the production or leadership. Only way it makes sense to me is if we only had to pick up $4 mil or less or a true can’t miss prospect. Doing it as a slary dump does not add up.
What sucks is arte is the owner so we can’t fire him
Have any of you actually read or listened to the Moreno interview? All he said was that he wouldn’t’ be dealing with Boras. He hasn’t stopped the team from dealing with him in anyway. He just personally wasn’t going to interact with him. As a fan, I’m happy about this. He’s letting his baseball people do the baseball stuff – just like he should. I’d rather have him than be a Yankee fan and have my owner force my GM to overpay for a guy he doesn’t think we need. People destroying Arte online right now need to actually read what he said and think about what that actually means…..
Just ask some Raiders fans about how well it works out when the owner makes the decisions and overrules the people he pays to make the decisions.