The December 13th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Angels still frontrunner for Garza, add LHP Brian Moran via Rule V draft and much more...
The Monkey Says: Talks appear to have slowed a bit though. It could be a bit now that the Winter Meetings are over. As I said before, I suspect that Garza's camp is dragging their feet in hope that Rakuten doesn't post Masahiro Tanaka, causing a spike in interest in Garza. Another issue is that the rumor is Garza wants $90 million over five years. If that is really the case, the Angels can't afford him and still sign an established DH like Raul Ibanez. Garza would have to come in closer to $15 million per year for the Angels to have room under the luxury tax line to bring him and Ibanez in.
The Monkey Says: Moran is a left-handed reliever from the Mariners organization. They basically paid Toronto to draft Moran for them by trading some of their international signing slot money for Moran's rights. That money comes from the current year's pool, so it was basically money they weren't going to use anyway. Moran is a deceptive southpaw who had big strikeout totals in the minors. He got knocked around a bit in 2013, but with a BABIP over .400, which a wild fluke. He doesn't stand a great shot at making the Opening Day roster though as the bullpen is pretty full of guaranteed contracts and guys without options. They'd most likely have to trade Kevin Jepsen to make room for a second lefty in the bullpen and also possibly to create more luxury tax room.