Angels GM Tony Reagins said Friday that the Angels can add payroll in the right deal, refuting reports that Halos owner Arte Moreno told him not to spend any more money this season, writes Jordan Garretson of MLB.com.
Reagins, appearing on Jim Bowden's SiriusXM program "Inside Pitch," said:
We're looking to improve this ballclub. We'll have the opportunity to add if we need to add. If the situation is right, we're going to be aggressive in pursuing it. That's been our M.O. since we've been here and will continue to be. If we see opportunities that will make us better, we're definitely going to jump right in there.
Cubs first baseman Carlos Pena is being mentioned as a potential fit for the Angels, according to Garretson, but he'd have to split time with first baseman Mark Trumbo and perhaps DH Bobby Abreu, which wouldn't necessarily be a net gain for the lineup.
That aside, the Angels have been hot of late and trailed the AL West-leading Rangers by just one game entering Friday night's action, so if nothing else, Reagins is saying the right thing now.