The December 5th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Angels expected to pursue David Price, MLB and NPB near new posting system agreement and much more...
The Story: The Angels are among several teams that will make an offer for David Price at the Winter Meetings.
The Monkey Says: I've written about this quite a few times already. The Angels don't have the prospects the Rays want, it isn't going to happen. Say what you want about a package of Kendrick and Trumbo, but there is no history to indicate Friedman would trade for big league talent and salary in this scenario. He is going to go for prospects and that is it. This isn't happening. Knock it off.
The Story: MLB and NPB appear to be in agreement on a new posting system with a $20 million bid cap.
The Monkey Says: The tricky part is what happens in the event multiple teams have the same highest bid, which is going to happen with Masahiro Tanaka. Early reports indicated the team with the worst record would be awarded the player's rights, but latter reports suggest that the tied teams will just negotiate against each other. Neither scenario is good for the Angels. If the worst team gets the rights, the Cubs, Mariners or Jays are going to beat out the Angels. If it becomes a free agent bidding war, the Angels don't have the clout that the Yankees, Dodgers or Red Sox would have but they do have a puncher's chance. Basically, Tanaka isn't coming to Anaheim unless Arte Moreno decides to spend like crazy to get Tanaka. Of course, there are rumors that Tanaka's team won't even post him now as they are no longer in line to reap as big of a windfall.