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Angels no longer as interested in Crawford?

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09:40 AM ET 12.07 | Jayson Werth recalibrated a market that the Angels will have to navigate if they want to make a run at Carl Crawford. If the Angels balk at Crawford's asking price, they could turn toward Adrian Beltre, a possibility that gained steam among scouts, agents and executives here Monday. ... The Angels are also pursuing free-agent closer Rafael Soriano, who could command a deal in the four-year, $45-million range. The cost of Beltre and Soriano combined probably won't be as much as Crawford. So the Angels, who have vast but not unlimited financial resources, might be asking themselves: Is a pair that could boost their offense and bullpen better than one of a kind?

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December 7, 2010  09:59 AM ET

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December 7, 2010  09:59 AM ET

Let's see if the angels do anything this off season.

December 7, 2010  10:19 AM ET

I believe Carl is going to remain unsigned well into January, if he continues to want more money than Werth........

December 7, 2010  10:40 AM ET

He'll end up in Boston, last time they missed the play-offs they shelled out tons of cash to Matsuzaka, Lugo and Drew... with Gonzo in now, they bring in Crawford and maybe Olivio or someone similar.

December 7, 2010  10:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

He'll end up in Boston, last time they missed the play-offs they shelled out tons of cash to Matsuzaka, Lugo and Drew... with Gonzo in now, they bring in Crawford and maybe Olivio or someone similar.

Russell Martin?

December 7, 2010  10:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Russell Martin?

no........

December 7, 2010  10:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

He'll end up in Boston, last time they missed the play-offs they shelled out tons of cash to Matsuzaka, Lugo and Drew... with Gonzo in now, they bring in Crawford and maybe Olivio or someone similar.

I really don't see Boston doing anything on the free agent market, other than maybe relief help. They would have had interest in Crawford, but not at more than $15M a year. They will explore the trade market, and see what's out there, but if they find nothing to their liking they will go into the season as is. Getting everybody back healthy will be the key to 2011

December 7, 2010  11:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

no........

Buck? You think they are going with Salty/Tek?

December 7, 2010  11:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Buck? You think they are going with Salty/Tek?

Buck is a Marlin... so next best would probably be Olivio, maybe Martin, or Molina if he doesn't retire. I don't see Tek as anywhere near a everyday catcher (obviously) and don't think Salty is ready... catcher does need to be addressed.

December 7, 2010  11:12 AM ET

The Tigers missed out on Werth I hope they scoop up Crawford him and Austin Jackson would be a great outfield. Jackson, Crawford, Victor Martinez, Cabrera, Raburn or Boesch or Magglio if he resigns would be one of the best top 5 in the line up IMO.

December 7, 2010  11:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Buck is a Marlin... so next best would probably be Olivio, maybe Martin, or Molina if he doesn't retire. I don't see Tek as anywhere near a everyday catcher (obviously) and don't think Salty is ready... catcher does need to be addressed.

missed that Buck thing. So Olivio is the catcher DuJour. Can't go too wrong with a Molina.

December 7, 2010  11:17 AM ET
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Buck? You think they are going with Salty/Tek?

I think Theo still has his eyes on Ianetta. Tried to get him last July. Maybe offer Dice K this time around.

December 7, 2010  11:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Let's see if the angels do anything this off season.

They will raise the price for fish tacos for sure

December 7, 2010  11:54 AM ET

i bet the sox have another block buster trade in the works, something with an ellsbury/papelbon package.

December 7, 2010  12:13 PM ET

they must be reading T&R and realized w/e yanks want they get. Crawford to the Yanks to complete their all-star team. Yanks 2011 Champs. LETSS GOO

December 7, 2010  01:33 PM ET

Tigers...

Please do not spend crazy money...
Please God dont...

December 7, 2010  04:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

i bet the sox have another block buster trade in the works, something with an ellsbury/papelbon package.

It would only be a blockbuster because of Ellsbury. Papelbon's done; he would just be a throw-in.

December 7, 2010  04:19 PM ET

I don't care who you are or where you play, you gotta be a little leery of Adrian Beltre. Two huge years and guess when each was? Yep, the year before free agency (except last year when he settled for a one-year deal). He is a decent player period - .260 to .270 hitter with 20 homers or so and excellent defense at third each year. But his 2004 and 2010 are the only seasons where he (a) had an average over .300 - and each was over .320; (b) had more than 100 RBI; and (c) had a slugging average over .500. That's 2 out of 12 seasons he was a superstar (2004), or at least a near one (2010). Someone will overpay - wonder if it will be the Halos? Soriano, on the other hand, has been at worst solid every full year he's had in the bigs, and spectacular the last two. The Angels sorely need him. Crawford? Well, the Angels need him, or someone reasonably similar, as well. But they almost certainly can't afford all three so it stands to reason that they'll dial it down for the most expensive of the trio.

December 7, 2010  05:24 PM ET
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I don't care who you are or where you play, you gotta be a little leery of Adrian Beltre. Two huge years and guess when each was? Yep, the year before free agency (except last year when he settled for a one-year deal). He is a decent player period - .260 to .270 hitter with 20 homers or so and excellent defense at third each year. But his 2004 and 2010 are the only seasons where he (a) had an average over .300 - and each was over .320; (b) had more than 100 RBI; and (c) had a slugging average over .500. That's 2 out of 12 seasons he was a superstar (2004), or at least a near one (2010). Someone will overpay - wonder if it will be the Halos? Soriano, on the other hand, has been at worst solid every full year he's had in the bigs, and spectacular the last two. The Angels sorely need him. Crawford? Well, the Angels need him, or someone reasonably similar, as well. But they almost certainly can't afford all three so it stands to reason that they'll dial it down for the most expensive of the trio.

They can afford it.

 
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