Daily Links for the LA Angels including the Halos actually offered more for Beltre than first reported, debating whether or not the Angels need to rebuild, Rockies no longer interested in Kazmir and much more...no comments
With the Angel off-season officially spiraling out of control, the Angel big wigs have taken to the newspapers and airwaves with some spin control so bold and brash that it would even make Joseph Goebbels blush.
The Halos need more offensive depth but are sure they can find it from within. So says Herr Scioscia.
Everyone is comfortable with the Angels having each of their major free agent offers come up short. That is what Comrade Reagins would have us believe.
Not overspending is being done strictly for the good of the fans. Baghdad Arte Moreno will tell you that until he is blue in the face.
To all of us fans on the outside, these statements all seem like obvious lies being thrown out there in a desperate attempt to placate an enraged fanbase. They just seem to be selling this bill of good so ardently and frequently that I can't help but wonder if the Angel front office actually believes their own propaganda?
Propaganda! It isn't just for governments anymore!!!
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Adrian Beltre would have us believe that he chose to join the Texas Rangers because he wants to win.
Seeing how Beltre is so used to winning, what with his one career playoff appearance and all, I think it is best that we delve into the top ten reasons he is really signing with the Texas Rangers.
I don't know, tell them something about winning. I don't want everyone to think I am really just a greedy jerk.
Arbitration time is upon us as players and teams are set to exchange salary proposals over the next few days. With the Angels facing a league-leading (Yay! They lead the league in something!!) eight arbitration cases, they've got a lot of work to do. And since there is nothing else going on in Angel Land right now, I am going to go ahead and stick my nose into the mess and make some predictions on how each arbitation case will go down.
Oh, and instead of doing all that pointless "research" to figure out proper salary comparisons, I'm just going to go ahead and wing it. But as an added bonus, I'll toss in a barely related observation about each player, just so it seems like I put more thought into this than I really did.
I wonder if the "umpires" in baseball arbitration cases are just as bad as they are on the field?
Daily Links for the LA Angels including Beltre chose the Rangers because he "wants to win," national reporters pile on the Angels' off-season failures, Scioscia speaks on the future, former Angel Blyleven finally a Hall of Famer and much more...
Carl Crawford? Strike One!
Adrian Beltre? Strike Two!!
Strike Three? Not... just... yet.
The Angel off-season technically isn't over, but many out there seem to think it is. Their two biggest free agent targets have been stolen out from under their noses and people are justifiably pissed. But you know what? Get over it. What's done is done and crying about it isn't going to change anything. What is important is figuring out what the Angels are going to do from here. I can't say that I know for sure, but I certainly have some ideas.
Do you know what to do next? No. How about you? Not a clue.