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Halo priorities: Teixeira, Sabathia, K-Rod

Posted on: November 12, 2008 7:07 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have several options in front of them when the free agent market opens on Friday, starting with Mark Teixeira, CC Sabathia and Francisco Rodriguez -- likely in that order, according to sources with knowledge of the club's thinking.

K-Rod, their record-setting closer, has been conspicuous in that he's seemed almost an afterthought in the club's immediate plans. The Angels, according to sources, have a three-year offer in to him -- believed to be worth in the neighborhood of $42 million -- though they are not expecting him to accept it before Friday, when the free agent market opens.

They're confident that their offer will be competitive with that of the New York Mets, who are expected to aggressively pursue K-Rod. They're also reasonably certain that the market will be slim -- St. Louis, Cleveland, Detroit and Tampa Bay are also scrounging for a closer, but nobody from that group appears poised to match the Mets' and Angels' offers.

Essentially, unless the Mets blow the Angels away financially, what it may come down to is something this simple: Does Rodriguez prefer pitching in New York or Anaheim? Given a large ego that needs feeding, despite his tenure with the Angels, New York still is expected to be awfully tempting for him.

The Teixeira situation will be fascinating theater because the Angels, under owner Arte Moreno, work quickly, while Scott Boras, Teixeira's agent, is methodical and does not conclude deals until he's spent time shopping his clients around.

One source with knowledge of the Angels' thinking said Wednesday that he expects the club to come in with a substantial offer for Teixeira on Friday -- and tell Boras that he and his client have a few days to make the decision or the Angels are moving on.

As for Sabathia, the Angels are not expected to exceed six years in their offer -- though if the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers and other high-spenders become involved, the bidding for him could get crazy.

One fallback in the event the Angels do not get Sabathia still could be San Diego's Jake Peavy, if the Padres haven't pulled the trigger on a trade. Yes, Peavy prefers to stay in the National League and yes, he has a no-trade clause and would have to approve a deal to the Angels. That last part probably wouldn't be a problem, as Peavy's agent, Barry Axelrod, says the right-hander intends to make his year-round home in San Diego no matter where he lands.

The Angels did speak with the Padres a couple of weeks ago about Peavy, sources say, and believe they can offer a package of players that would match the talent San Diego could get elsewhere.

The Angels could fill San Diego's desire for a starting pitcher by including Jered Weaver. That still would leave Los Angeles with a rotation whose front four would be John Lackey, Peavy, Ervin Santana and Joe Saunders.

They also could satisfy the Padres' demand for a shortstop by dealing Erick Aybar, Maicer Izturis or prospect Brandon Wood.

Weaver, Aybar or Izturis and, say, a minor-league prospect would give San Diego players who could help them win now, rather than prospects who need time to develop. However, players who with major-league experience would be more expensive, and the Padres right now appear more interested in saving money while owner John Moores goes through a messy divorce than they do in winning.

The problem, though, is the Angels' and Padres' timetables are at odds this winter. While the Angels preferred to wait and see how the Teixeira and Sabathia talks go before fully diving into the Peavy talks, the Padres' preference is to make the best deal they can for Peavy soon -- preferably, before the free agent market opens for business on Friday.

However it plays out over the next few weeks, the Angels are starting from a pretty good place because they've got both money and a solid pool of young talent.


Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2008 3:13 pm

Halo priorities: Teixeira, Sabathia, K-Rod

But doesn't Peavy have a no-trade.  I don't seem to remember him saying that he would accept a trade to Anaheim or whatever they are called today. 

They might have a better shot at CC.  I know the Yanks threw out $140 mil, but he strikes me as crazy enough to turn down the highest offer to go somewhere other than NY. 

Since: Apr 16, 2008
Posted on: November 13, 2008 11:26 pm

Halo priorities: Teixeira, Sabathia, K-Rod

Umm, why is Sabathia on this list? Since when do the Angels need a starting pitcher? Lackey is a Cy Young candidate every year, Saunders and Santana proved that they can go for a full season and can only get better next season, Garland and Weaver are a 3 and 4 on any other team, yet they are a 4 and 5 on the Angels. Thats serious depth. And don't forget about Kelvim Escobar, due back in the middle of the 09 season. Thats six starters for 5 spots and that doesn't include the Triple A guys that came up this season, guys like Nick Adenhart and Chris Bootcheck, along with Dustin Mosely, all can start and will do fine in Anaheim.

And now its said that K-Rod isn't coming back, and while I'm a little sad to see him go, was he really that vital? I mean he did blow 7 saves or so, he probably could have gotten 70 saves this season. Let him walk, now closing in Anaheim, Jose Arrendondo. This guy is gonna be good and K-Rod will be easily forgotten. The best bullpen only gets better by the prospects in the farm system coming in and dominating.

Lastly, they better freaking sign Tex otherwise, what a waste of a trade. How do you give up a great first basemen like Casey Kotchman for a half season rental that didn't get the team to the World Series? Sure he hit the ball in the post-season, but he didn't drive in the runs we needed to win. What a complete waste it would be if he walks. And I haven't really heard of any other first basemen out on the market that can replace a guy like Tex, so they better find a way to keep him.

Side note, while it would be great to get Peavy and it could possibly clear out some of that excess depth in the middle infield, there is only one move that needs to be made: fill that huge gap in left field. There is only one player that can fit in left field for this team and that is Garret Anderson. Bring him back. Tim Salmon got to stay for his career, be a true baseball club and resign the other side of the Hall of Fame to be outfield duo that led the Angels to their only World Series. The Angels just wouldn't be the same without Mr. Consistency.

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: November 13, 2008 12:07 pm

Halo priorities: Teixeira, Sabathia, K-Rod

The Yanks aren't signing CC because

He likes to bat.

He's building a house in California

He likes to be the top dog, something that no one can do in NY.

Dodgers, Angels, then Mets would be ahead of the Yankees.

Since: Nov 11, 2008
Posted on: November 13, 2008 10:53 am

Halo priorities: Teixeira, Sabathia, K-Rod

Don Rey,  i would assume that paying more to have a young closer entering the prime of his career is more appealing to them then going out and spending less on older players entering the twilight of their own (i.e Trevor Hoffman).  They are willing to take the injury risk for three years and jump on this offer before the Mets can secure him to a long term deal.  Like the article said, he is most likely their 3rd preference (behind Tex and CC) and they are offering what they think he is worth.    Kevin Gregg is an interesting option, he's young (30)  and would command a much lower salary than K-Rod but blew 9 saves last year (out of 38 chances) and has never posted an ERA below 3.00 in his career.  K-Rod is younger and coming off a career year.  I say if you have the money, pay the man and pray that the torque on his delivery doesn't twist him into a pretzel before his 30th birthday.

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Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: November 13, 2008 10:46 am
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Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: November 13, 2008 6:44 am

Halo priorities: Teixeira, Sabathia, K-Rod


I totally agree. I have been saying all along I would love to see the Yankees get Burnett and Lowe for the same money it would cost for CC and re-signing Pettitte. Sign Tex, talk Mussina into another year and call it a day. Live with Damon/Matsui for another year. See how Gardner pans out and you worry about the outfield next year when you have more flexibility and your best option available is not Mike Cameron.

Oh and Hank, if you read these boards.....keep Joba in the bullpen!!! With him in there and the rest of the bullpen we have, that makes it a 6 inning game. Plus, how did it turn out to have Mariano setting up for Wetteland for a few years? I'd say that worked out pretty well for us.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: November 13, 2008 12:58 am

Halo priorities: Teixeira, Sabathia, K-Rod

Why battle the Mets for K-Rod when other closers are out there on the market? Trevor Hoffman is a free agent. Kevin Gregg is on the trading block. Huston Street just landed in Colorado and they're already talking abut dealing him too. Doesn't make sense throwing money at K-Rod when his arm could blow any day and there are cheaper options.

Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: November 12, 2008 11:55 pm

An Owner Who Knows How It's Done

I have fallen head over heels in love with Arte Moreno since he became the Angeles owner a few years ago. The man knows that money is the name of the game in this business (with the Rays recent run being one of the few exceptions to the rule). He is tireless in his efforts to bring the best players he can to Anaheim, no matter what the cost. A full season with Teixeira, Sabbathia, or both would put the team another step forward toward a championship. He is fan friendly owner who shares the same enthusiasm for the team and the game that we do. There is no better owner in baseball.

Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: November 12, 2008 9:28 pm

CC is the real deal; but the money can buy 2-3...

I love Sabathia; but the fact is there are other good pitchers out there, and you can get two or three of them for the price of CC.  He is good, but he is beatable --and you are always one injury away from blowing your whole payroll. 

Since: Jul 24, 2008
Posted on: November 12, 2008 8:50 pm

Halo priorities: Teixeira, Sabathia, K-Rod

First of all it is highly unlikely that the Yankees will sign CC and Tex. If they were to pursue a hitter they should pursue someone like Adam Dunn or Manny Ramirez. The one thing that I want to happen is the Sox get Derek Lowe and re-sign Tek.

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