I think the success the Rangers have had the last two years have put the Angels into panic mode and they keep making foolish mistakes.
This past offseason, they really didn't need Pujols since they had Trumbo for first and Morales for the DH and now they have Pujols but nowhere to play Trumbo. The increase in runs produced with Pujols instead of Trumbo will not be that big of an amount.
They would've been better at trying to upgrade at 3rd or Short.
Other than Trout in their minor leagues, I don't think they have much talent in their system, which will mean paying more and more for free agents.
The worst deal they made was giving Scioscia a 10 year deal (through 2017). You want a manager to be hungry and not safe and secure with a long term deal.
They still think it's better to miss the playoffs than to make it to the World Series even if you lose in the World Series.
The big thing with the Angels right now is the drop in attendance, there are huge sections that are empty.
Of course, I have tried to say all this with my tongue firmly planted in my cheek, but name another location in MLB where being the MLB poster boy for Evangelical Christians plays out as well as here in the middle of the Bible Belt.
All that money in CA or NYC might not be good for Josh's tendency to fall off the wagon now and then and chase hotties around barrooms. He's a grown man who needs a chaperone, so..........?
Not sure how much of his life an athlete signs away when he signs on with an agent, but probably a lot in most cases. Would that be a correct assumption? If that's the case, he'll go to the highest bidder, within certain limits, and this stuff I brought up will be a non-factor. Maybe that's not the case. I haven't a clue how player/agent deals work.
They have good reason to resent the Rangers right now aside from the fact that we're ahead in the division right now after taking the crown from them and keeping it for 2 years. In 2010 we snatched Beltre from their grasp, in 2011 we worked a back door trade for Napoli and this year we stalled in negotiations with CJ long enough to force them to offer more than they needed to. It's a bitter pill to swallow.
correction: Beltre and Napoli were both in 2011.
I hope that's the case.
Still, if it's a bidding war, I wonder how much the Rangers would be willing to pay for a long term deal on an oft-injured superstar with an * by his name as far as past and future personal conduct issues go.
Will teams insist on drug/alcohol relapse clauses in any contract for Josh? I would think they would be crazy not to ask for one.
Yes but that was just paying them back for snatching GMJ and Hunter away from the Rangers and we are thankful for them on both accounts.
The funny thing about Napoli is that Angel fans really believe if he was an Angel last year, he would've put up those same numbers but everyone knows he would'nt have been catching because Scioscia didn't want him catching. Therefore, he would just have been a part time player.
If Napoli, and let's hope he never gets there, becomes a free agent, I can't wait to read the Angel board about them signing him.
"They probably would but now they have Scott Servais in the FO. He may actually instill some sanity in the baseball operations. He was their best off-season acquisition."
I just realized the answer to that. Who else would sign a .190 hitter to a 4 year 35MM contract?
"I trust my agent so much -- not just as my agent but also as my spiritual mentor and as somebody who cares for me and my family," Hamilton said. "I trust him to handle it until it's time to talk about something. If they're talking right now, I don't know anything about it." Josh
Okay, so maybe this agent doesn't have a "no God" clause in his contract with Josh.
If you want him to stay, you need to pray. Like that?
The Lord give-eth and, the Lord take-eth away-eth.
The agent get-eth the money.