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Free agents staying away from L.A.?

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08:35 AM ET 12.10 | One would think that L.A., with its sun and sand, is a bigger draw for free agents. Once again, major league baseball in Los Angeles has been reminded of its identity, the annual winter flea market defining the palatability of this region's two teams in two words. We are chopped liver. We are the place where premier free agents blow in, then blow off. We are the place that Mark Teixeira thumbed, Paul Konerko conked and CC Sabathia spurned. We are the place where Roy Halladay would never dock, and John Lackey simply left. Just this week, we were the place that Carl Crawford craved ... before beating a path to Boston. In what may be the saddest of possible words, we were also the place that somebody named Matt Diaz just rejected for some place called Pittsburgh.

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December 10, 2010  08:58 AM ET

I'm betting my post is the only post this thread gets.

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December 10, 2010  10:12 AM ET

The old franchise ain't what she used to be.

December 10, 2010  10:15 AM ET

This is not a rumor, and not a surprise.

December 10, 2010  11:20 AM ET

HAHAHAHAHAH I love it!!!!

December 10, 2010  12:09 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I'm betting my post is the only post this thread gets.

Wrong, this is too much fun not to comment about.
LA Times is really having a bad day; LaLa land is no longer attractive?
Maybe the management of the LA teams has somethign to do about it?

December 10, 2010  12:46 PM ET

Don't tell me, let me guess.... East Coast Bias??

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December 10, 2010  06:09 PM ET

The dodgers aquired all the players they wanted (or could afford for the matter), and the angels just suck..so please never attribute the angels struggles and failures with those of the dodgers, and besides L.A only has one team and thats the DODGERS!!!

December 10, 2010  07:16 PM ET

This is not a surprise, given the uncertainty over the ownership situation with the Dodgers. I am, however, a little surprised at the lack of love given the Angels as they seem to be on a more solid footing and their owner has proven that he is willing to spend in order to compete.

December 10, 2010  09:54 PM ET

big market with owners pocketing the money... thats the dodgers

December 11, 2010  06:19 AM ET

East Coast bias? No, baseball reality. Players are avoiding LA baseball like the plague, especially the Dodgers.

December 11, 2010  08:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

The dodgers aquired all the players they wanted (or could afford for the matter), and the angels just suck..so please never attribute the angels struggles and failures with those of the dodgers, and besides L.A only has one team and thats the DODGERS!!!

Most Angel fans would agree with you.... the prefer Anaheim.

 
December 11, 2010  11:41 AM ET

Who in their right mind would want to play out here with our high state taxes? 10% state income tax.
It's a sad day when players would sooner play in "Taxachuettes" because their taxes are actually lower.

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