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Angels never made offer to Crawford

Posted on: December 17, 2010 4:21 pm
Arte Moreno A report after Carl Crawford signed with the Red Sox said he Angels made a late offer to match the deal. But Angels owner Arte Moreno said not only did that not happen, the Angels never made Crawford a formal offer at all.

"It's crazy. I paid [$183 million] for the team [in 2003], and now we're talking $142 million for one player?" Moreno told the Los Angeles Times. "Seven years on a player is a huge risk financially. [Crawford's] greatest asset is speed, and he's a very skilled athlete who would have fit perfectly in left field for us. But we didn't look at him as a power hitter in our stadium."

Moreno said that signing one player for more than $20 million a year would raise the payroll to a point where it would limit other options and force him to increase the Angels' fan-friendly ticket prices.

"You look at the economic risk and the franchise risk," he said. "The reality is, can I write a check for the player? Yes. But is it smart business in the long term? I don't think so."

Moreno said he and general manager Tony Reagins met with Crawford and his agents on the first night of the Winter Meetings, and were told Crawford "already had a deal," but not with whom. Two days later, he signed with Boston. Moreno said the Angels never discussed the parameters of any offer with Crawford.

Moreno said the Angels have made "a significant offer" to third baseman Adrian Beltre, who is reportedly seeking somewhere around $15 million per season.

-- David Andriesen

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Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: December 18, 2010 7:09 am

Angels never made offer to Crawford

Ahhh Maybe you have heard of THE NESN or (New England Sports Network) much like the NYY Channel, Mets dont bave a revenue stream like that, hence why they and the NYY can spend endlessly, the Phillies simply have deeppockets now from selling ou 140 reg season games and going deep into the Post Season 3 years in a row....

Since: Dec 26, 2009
Posted on: December 17, 2010 5:48 pm

Angels never made offer to Crawford

Moreno is smart!

Stoneman was one of the best GM's!

Crawford isn't worth the money.  People forget he is prone to nagging hammy injuries and when your main skill is speed, there are many lesser speed guys whom they can acquire for 1/10th the price.

I hope Angels don't over-react and throw bad money after Beltre.......he's had two good years and that's it!  

Angels have been bit by bad moves and contracts and they have Morales coming back.  They will add a few pieces and then if team responds, they can always be very active at trade deadline. 

I was shocked K. Wood only signed for $1.5m  Angels could have used him for that price and offered a chance at some saves to where he could have made much bigger money next off-season......   &

Since: Dec 24, 2009
Posted on: December 17, 2010 5:04 pm

Angels never made offer to Crawford

Very sound business decision. I look at where the Red Sox could be 4 or 5 years from now and wonder if they become the Mets of today... that is, a team burdened with big contracts and unable to make any moves because of them. Though I'm a Rangers fan, Art Moreno is becoming my hero.

And they've still got a team-to-beat in the AL West, even if they don't make any moves this winter.

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