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Posted on: January 8, 2012 1:19 pm
 

Report: Disney family to bid on Dodgers

By C. Trent Rosecrans

The Walt Disney Company used to own the Angels, now the Disney family wants to own the Dodgers.

The family of the late Walt Disney has partnered with Stanley Gold in an attempt to buy the Dodgers, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Roy Disney, nephew of Walt Disney, would own the team as a private investment, not connected to the Walt Disney Co. Gold is the chairman of Burbank-based Shamrock Holdings. Gold and Roy Disney made a public push to out Michael Eisner as the chief executive of the Walt Disney Co.  in 2004.

The Walt Disney Company sold the Angels to Arte Moreno for $180 million in 2003.

While Frank McCourt made a mess out of the Dodgers, the number of groups lining up to bid on the team seems to assure McCourt will make a tidy profit out of his 2004 purchase of the Dodgers. McCourt bought the team for $430 million from NewsCorp and the sale price will likely top $1 billion -- with some estimates reaching $1.6 billion. Other groups of bidders include Magic Johnson, Joe Torre and Peter O'Malley, while Mark Cuban could also get involved.

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Posted on: November 12, 2011 9:11 am
 

Angels won't join bidding for Fielder, Pujols

Jerry DipotoBy C. Trent Rosecrans

While owner Arte Moreno's deep pockets and the rich California market make the Angels a perceived potential landing spot for any high-priced free agent, new Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said Friday that he probably wouldn't pursue either of the two biggest names on the free agent market, Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols.

"You have to be open to the possibility, but it's not something we're going to aggressively pursue," Dipoto told reporters, including the Los Angeles Times. "I don't think you're going to get a financial bargain swimming in that pool."

That pool is already $120 million deep for 2012, including the sucking vortex that is $48 million for Vernon Wells, Torii Hunter and Bobby Abreu. Moreno has reportedly capped the team's spending for 2012 at $140 million.

"Right now, it creates confinement, but it doesn't necessarily have to say that way," Dipoto said. "That's where you can be creative in building a 25-man roster, by not including all 25 guys who are on it today."

Dipoto did acknowledge the team had contracted the agents for top free agent starter C.J. Wilson

However, Dipoto said he'd prefer to explore the trade market than sign free agents.

"A complete overhaul isn't necessary," Dipoto said. "There are tweaks to make, holes to fill. We'll exhaust all possibilities."

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Posted on: October 29, 2011 8:01 pm
 

Owner Moreno: Angels payroll to decrease

MorenoBy Evan Brunell

Last season, Arte Moreno was willing to pay top dollar to get the best free agent. He ended up saving a dime by opting to trade for Vernon Wells... except that transaction didn't work out well.

This season, Moreno isn't as willing to flash his wallet, the Orange County Register reports. Moreno admitted that payroll got a bit unwieldy last season as payroll soared to a franchise-high $142 million thanks to Wells and two free-agent signings in Scott Downs and Hisanori Takahashi. And this year?

“I would say that $130 [million], $140 [million] range we’re pretty comfortable in,” the owner said.

The Angels have $99 million allocated to just nine players next season, so it will be difficult for the club to round out the squad with capable players. Losing Joel Pineiro, Fernando Rodney and Russell Branyan will help, but neither were albatrosses either. They will also shed having to pay Gary Matthews Jr. and Scott Kazmir, which works in their favor even more, but arbitration raises are due to quite a few people, and significant raises could be on the way for Howie Kendrick and Erick Aybar in particular. After arbitration, the Angels could be around $120 million, which will leave them bargain-bin shopping for bullpen and rotation help.

This news likely leaves L.A. out in the cold for significant free agents, but things can change quickly.

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Posted on: October 22, 2011 8:01 pm
Edited on: October 22, 2011 9:25 pm
 

Omar Minaya has interviewed for Angels' GM post

Omar MinayaBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Wait, didn't the Angels just get of a general manager who loaded up the team with bad contracts and underachieving players? Maybe Arte Moreno has a type, because the Los Angeles Times reports former Mets general manager Omar Minaya has interviewed for the Angels' open general manager position.

The Angels' are apparently interviewing everyone short of me for the position, so this may end up being nothing more than a good laugh for Mets fans, but still it seems interesting.

The others who have reportedly interviewed or gotten an interview are White Sox assistant GM Rick Hahn, MLB senior vice president Kim Ng, Diamondbacks exec Jerry DiPoto and Yankees staffers Billy Eppler and Damon Oppenheimer. Rays general manager Andrew Friedman has also been connected to the job.

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Posted on: October 9, 2011 4:47 pm
Edited on: October 10, 2011 3:52 pm
 

R.I.P. 2011 L.A. Angels of Anaheim

By Matt Snyder

Another season gone, another disappointment for 29 teams as one is immortalized forever. Let’s take a look back at 2011 and forward in Eye on Baseball’s R.I.P. series...

Team name: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Record: 86-76, second place in AL West, 10 games back.
Manager: Mike Scioscia
Best hitter: Howard Kendrick -- .285/.338/.464, 18 HR, 63 RBI, 86 R, 14 SB, 30 2B
Best pitcher: Jered Weaver -- 18-8, 2.41 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 198 K, 235.2 IP

2011 SEASON RECAP

The Angels hung in the race all season, eventually missing out on the AL wild card by five games. They were in first place as late as July 5, and didn't really fall out of the AL West race until the middle of September. They exceeded the expectations, according to many preseason predictions, but the failure to make the postseason for the second year in a row was evidently not acceptable for owner Arte Moreno. He absolutely cleaned house in the front office. The Angels did win the AL West five out of six seasons before 2010, so the bar has been set. Moreno seemingly wants division titles or else.

R.I.P. series
2012 AUDIT

The Angles already have over $102 million committed to next season in player contracts, and that's without including the salaries of arbitration players like Howie Kendrick, Erick Aybar and Alberto Callaspo, who are certainly going to have raises. Basically, the Angles are going to have somewhere around $125 million in payroll before even looking at possible free agents. Thus, if they want to make a big splash, the new general manager, whoever it is, will probably have to back-load contracts. The more likely path is to look for internal improvement from the young players like Tyler Chatwood, Jordan Walden, Mark Trumbo and uber-prospect Mike Trout. Getting Kendrys Morales back healthy would be a huge boost as well. The Angels do have a strong minor-league system, but most of the help is a few years away.

FREE AGENTS

Russell Branyan, 1B
Joel Pineiro, SP
Fernando Rodney, RP

OFFSEASON FOCUS

If any big contracts are handed out, it needs to be a younger free agent that has proven durable and consistent. Huge contracts to veterans past their prime are stifling the organization right now.
  • Hire a general manager who stops trying to fill short-term holes with huge salary veterans. High-salary players are OK for a large market team like the Angels, but that's seemingly been the only answer in recent seasons.
  • Let Trout play everyday. Torii Hunter, Peter Bourjos, Vernon Wells and Bobby Abreu can share two spots in some fashion while occasionally filling the designated hitter spot (but I have a different plan for that). The Wells trade was a disaster and Abreu makes far too much money for his current level of production, but what's done is done. You can't let salaries dictate playing time.
  • Keep Morales at designated hitter for the entire season. Trumbo can play first and Kendrick can fill in when Trumbo gets days off. Morales' leg injury was obviously devastating, so the Angels should do everything possible to keep his bat in the lineup. One of the offense's biggest problems was that -- while there are several really good hitters -- the lack of one big bat hurts. Trumbo hit 29 homers, but his OBP was a horrible .291. Until Trout is ready to be a superstar, and remember, he's only 20, Morales has to be "the guy" for the Angels. So protect his health.
  • Hank Conger is only 23 and was a good hitter in the minors. Jeff Mathis is an awful hitter, but Scioscia keeps him as the primary catcher because he's in love with his defense -- it's why the Angels traded Mike Napoli. Conger should at least get a lot more of a look behind the plate, but who knows if Scioscia will let that happen.
  • What money the Angels do have will probably be spent on a one-year starting pitcher. They won't be breaking the bank or anything, but they don't need a front-line ace. They have two, and Ervin Santana is a fine No. 3. Pineiro coming back would be an option. Otherwise you're looking at Jason Marquis or Jeff Francis types. At that point, it's possible the new GM just saves the money and goes with Jerome Williams again. There's no reason to spend more money on a marginal upgrade. Garrett Richards, 23, could probably use some seasoning in Triple-A, so there is only a need for one year. Maybe they start the year with Williams and keep him there until Richards is deemed ready.
  • Overall, it's tough to tell what's going to happen, because the entire front office has been cleaned out and there are several large -- and probably untradeable -- contracts. They may just have to tread water for a season. The good news is the low levels of the minors are stocked with good talent and the bad contracts will all be cleared in a few years. Whoever takes the GM job is walking into a situation to thrive within the next three seasons, with a combination of a strong, youthful foundation and being able to spend big dollars on free agents starting in 2012.
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Posted on: October 3, 2011 11:14 am
 

Report: Epstein '50-50' on leaving Red Sox

Theo EpsteinBy C. Trent Rosecrans

A source tells ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Edes that it's "50-50" that Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein will leave Boston "for the right situation." Could that open the door for Epstein to take over the GM-less Chicago Cubs?

The opportunity to break the sport's two greatest curses would put Epstein in a category of famous front-office members that currently stands at one, and that's Branch Rickey. Not even Billy Beane and Brad Pitt would be able to top Epstein's accomplishment in baseball lore if he added a goat to his wall of skins along with the Babe. The only question would be if Ben Affleck would feel too jilted by Epstein leaving Boston to play the movie version of Epstein.

During Friday night's press conference announcing Terry Francona's departure, CEO Larry Lucchino and chairman Tom Werner dodged a question about Epstein's future and the team's GM didn't offer any insight, either.

Lucchino did note that Epstein is still under contract, which goes for one more year.

Edes noted, however, that owner John Henry feels some loyalty toward his general manager and would "not stand in the way" if Epstein wanted to go elsewhere.

But the Cubs may not be the only suitor if Epstein wants to leave Boston. The Angels also have an opening for a general manager. Michael Silverman of the Boston Herlad writes that "sources familiar with Angels owner Arte Moreno's thinking" are split about whether Moreno would want Epstein. Epstein may be fond of jackets and sweaters, but the ability to not need one in Southern California could appeal to him, as much as the challenge of ending the Cubs' title droughts.

Either way, before the general managers start chasing free agents, there will be a chase for general managers, with Epstein this year's version of Cliff Lee.

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Posted on: June 16, 2011 7:17 pm
Edited on: June 16, 2011 7:51 pm
 

Report: Moreno says no more spending

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Arte MorenoAnaheim is hardly out of the American League West race, just three games behind leader Texas and 2 1/2 games behind second-place Seattle, but owner Arte Moreno has already told general manager Tony Reagins not to spend any more money this season, ESPNLosAngeles.com's Mark Saxon writes.

Saxon cites a "baseball source" as saying the Angels won't spend any more money for the rest of the season after eating what was left of Scott Kazmir's $14.5 million salary this season and taking on the albatross contract of .193-hitting Vernon Wells. Oh, and they're still paying Gary Matthews Jr. $12.4 million this season for a grand total around $140 million for the team's 2011 payroll.

The Angels can still make move, but they won't be able to take on any payroll, so a deal would have to be a wash financially or in the Angels' favor.

Reagins has shown a willingness to deal at the deadline in recent years. The Angels added Mark Teixeira in 2008 at the trade deadline and Kazmir a year later. Last year the Angels picked up Alberto Callaspo and Dan Haren for a stretch run. 

The Angels could try to unload Joel Pineiro ($8 million) and Fernando Rodney ($5.5 million) in a search for more offense. They could also try to move Bobby Abreu, who has a vesting option worth $9 million for next season with another 147 plate appearances.

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Posted on: January 26, 2011 11:19 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2011 11:19 pm
 

Moreno defends Angels' offseason

Arte Moreno There've been no shortage of shots at the Angels this off-season -- and no shortage of ammunition. From the missed free agents (Carl Crawford, Adrian Beltre) to what they did manage to do (take on $81 million of Vernon Wells), the Angels have widely been seen as the big losers of the offseason.

Angels owner Arte Moreno said Wednesday it's too early to judge the team's work this offseason.

"If we win -- if we get to the playoffs and get a shot at [a championship] -- then we managed [the offseason] right," Moreno said (via the Orange County Register ). "If we're sitting home in October again, then we didn't get it done."

Moreno said season-ticket renewals are down, but the team didn't make the Wells deal out of pressure from fans.

"I've been in business a long time, and any time you make decision based on pressure, you make mistakes," Moreno said.

Or, you can make mistakes without them.

Wells is a decent player, no doubt, and he can even be very good -- but he's not $81 million over the next four years good. Most of the criticism toward the deal is directed at the money. With Wells, the Angels will be spending more than $140 million in payroll this year (including $11 million still owed to Gary Matthews Jr.). If Moreno wants to back up his boasts, he'll have to spend even more in the future. He says the team has "plenty of flexibility" in future payrolls. And that's fine if Angels intend to be Yankees West -- spending whatever it takes to win. That's all up to Moreno. He seems to be talking that game now.

"When I got here, I talked about a seven-year plan," Moreno said. "Well, this is my eighth year. It really takes 15, 20 years. To me, if I'm going to do it, I'm going to try to win."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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