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2010 Options: Los Angeles Angels

Posted on: May 5, 2009 11:45 am

The Angels do not have any 2010 options.  Instead, they're faced with a slew of key free agent situations after the 2009 season:

  • Vladimir Guerrero.  Guerrero played in eight games this year before hitting the DL for a torn pectoral muscle in his chest.  He could return in late May.  Vlad will be 35 when he begins his next contract.  It's hard to envision more than two years, and even matching his '09 salary of $15MM would be questionable.  Guerrero has had an incredible Angels career, but this might become a tricky situation.
  • John Lackey.  Lackey is also a tough one.  He wanted A.J. Burnett money, but he'll make his season debut in mid to late May due to a forearm strain.  If he finishes strong he'll still do well, but will it be with the Angels?
  • Chone FigginsKen Rosenthal wrote about Figgins' future on April 29th.
  • Bobby Abreu.  Abreu is on a one-year deal with a $5MM base salary.  He's hitting .363/.427/.418 in 103 plate appearances, with zero home runs and 11 steals.  It's odd, but it works.  Will Abreu be open to a similar one-year deal again?
  • Kelvim Escobar.  Escobar is looking at a possible June return from shoulder surgery.  Maybe he has a few more 190 inning seasons left in his arm, or maybe he should market himself as a closer.  Like Lackey, Escobar's second half will determine his price tag.

Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: May 6, 2009 2:55 am

2010 Options: Los Angeles Angels

As of right now, I feel like Bobby Abreu and John Lackey are the only two guys on the list that the Angels would even consider re-signing.  Vladimir Guerrero has done great things since joining the Angels, but his age and injuries are too big of a concern for them to put up the money to bring him back.  The same can be said for Kelvim Escobar, unless he can really prove he has something left once he comes back from injury.  I think it will take an amazing second half of the season for the Angels to retain him, unless he is willing to take a major pay cut.  Chone Figgins I am unsure of.  When I think of the Angels, I think of FIggins.  He has been a vital part of the team for such a long time and has done so many great things for the Angels, but he is starting to get up there in age.  I am not sure what they will do with regards to him come the offseason.

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