With two weeks left before the non-waiver trade deadline, Angels GM Tony Reagins' search for pitching help continues.
"I think it (the trade market) is still materializing," Reagins said. "I wouldn't write off anything with respect to an acquisition. Sometimes things materialize when you don't expect them to. Sometimes when you're trying to make them materialize, they just don't come to fruition."
The Angels have made inquiries about making a blockbuster deal for starting pitchers Dan Haren of Arizona or Roy Halladay of Toronto. But the need for bullpen help -- particularly a reliable setup man to pitch in front of closer Brian Fuentes -- seems more urgent.
"We are looking for any kind of pitching that will help us -- not just a guy that would come in and, 'Hey, the Angels made a move,'" Reagins said. "That's not what we're looking for. We're looking for someone who can help us get where we want to be."
For that reason, the Angels had no interest in veteran relievers B.J. Ryan or Matt Herges as they became available recently. But relying on the setup-by-committee of Justin Speier, Jason Bulger and Darren Oliver down the stretch is something the Angels would rather avoid.
After another rough outing Friday against the A's, Speier has retired just one of the past 12 batters he has faced -- and that was on a sacrifice bunt. Speier has walked two, hit two batters and allowed seven hits (six singles and a double) in that three-game stretch.
A'S 7, ANGELS 3: The Angels and A's combined to draw 15 walks but it was the A's who made them count. Rajai Davis drew a leadoff walk in the sixth inning then scored all the way from first base on a wild pickoff attempt by LHP Joe Saunders to break a 3-3 tie. The A's added three runs against the Angels bullpen to put the game away.
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