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JustAnotherHaloVictory!
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As if the Angels' pitching rotation isn't stellar enough, several baseball people say they believe that they may try to pull off the coup of the winter by signing CC Sabathia, the perfect Brewer and best free-agent pitcher in at least a decade.

The Angels didn't surprise anyone by becoming the earliest division winners in baseball on Wednesday night. But they are capable of some major shockers, like last winter when their fine new GM Tony Reagins rode to a Del Taco out on Route 91, halfway to San Bernardino, and came back with no less than Torii Hunter after everyone had long assumed Hunter was bound for Texas or Chicago's South Side.

Now, with the Angels already possessing baseball's deepest rotation, they generally haven't been viewed as a likely player for Sabathia, who's destined for record free-agent pitching riches. And yet the Angels have shown that they don't mind enhancing an area of strength, the latest and most glaring example being the signing of Hunter despite already possessing a plethora of outfielders a year after acquiring another center fielder, Gary Matthews Jr.

Additionally, Reagins imported starter Jon Garland last winter when it appeared that the Angels already had one of the strongest and most stacked rotations. Going into 2009, ace John Lackey, plus burgeoning stars Ervin Santana and Joe Saunders and solid youngster Jered Weaver form a formidable top four even if Garland leaves via free agency, as expected, and a return for talented Kelvim Escobar may appear to leave little room.

But the Angels are a team that finds room.

"We believe in pitching and defense,'' Reagins said after declining to specifically address the Sabathia question. "It's going to be an interesting winter.''

That goes with or without Sabathia.

Beyond the big CC question, the Angels have two marquee free agents of their own -- superb all-around first baseman Mark Teixeira and excellent closer Francisco Rodriguez, who tied Bobby Thigpen's single-season save record of 57 on Thursday night. (One easy call for the Angels: They'll pick up Vladimir Guerrero's $15 million option.)

K-Rod suggested to the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday that he liked being an Angel, but while agent Paul Kinzer told SI.com that his client holds no grudges over past salary disputes with the club, Kinzer also said that K-Rod intends to file for free agency.

The club's intentions regarding K-Rod are unclear after their $33 million, three-year bid failed this spring, though most observers anticipate that they'll bump that bid by a year. There's no guessing game when it comes to the Angels' intentions for Teixeira, who cost them nice young first baseman Casey Kotchman and has impressed them even beyond their lofty expectations. Reagins, who called Teixeira "a joy to be around,'' told SI.com, "We have interest and we're going to pursue him when the time's appropriate. But when it comes to free agents, you never know.''

The same might be said for the Angels: when it comes to them, you never know.

Angels owner Arte Moreno once bid well over $100 million for Alfonso Soriano, but some skeptics doubt he's going to be willing to far exceed the $100 million barrier twice in one winter, as Teixeira and Sabathia will require. One competing owner speculated, "Arte isn't going to spend that kind of money.''

Moreno, though, is thought to be enthused about both superstar players. And Moreno, a former limited partner of Jerry Colangelo, who ran up big tabs while winning a championship in Phoenix, surely understands that each star could even exceed the $150 million mark. "It's going to be a huge number,'' one competing GM said of Sabathia, whose only known possible negative is the plus size that actually appears to have aided his durability.

All things considered he is the best free-agent pitcher since Randy Johnson signed with the Diamondbacks a decade ago and possibly since Greg Maddux left the Cubs for the Braves 15 winters ago.

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JustAnotherHaloVictory!
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Wow...the Angels are relentless!

Reagins=Executive of the Year??


JustAnotherHaloVictory!
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I got my wish!

I was hoping the Angels will go after this guy.

Let go of Garland, Oliver's contract and that should do it!

As for Tex, We could let go GA and have Rivera start


angelsandlakers
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Keeping Teixeira will already be difficult enough, adding Sabathia would be truly remarkable. Still we need to keep the priority on Teixeira. Sign him first, then explore the rest of the market. Sabathia would be great and all, but our pitching is already fantastic. Basically if we lose Teixeira, we don't only lose the key part of our offense, but we put in Kendry Morales as a replacement. If we don't land Sabathia, we still have great pitching depth seeing Escobar will be back coming next season. But count on the Yankees to be the off-season enemy.


chiragr
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Repped High Quality Post

Ya i saw this to and was about to post it and saw that you posted it already. But i really don't think the angels will have enough money because if tex is resigned (hope so) he will ask for 100 mil. + and then there is k-rod.


JustAnotherHaloVictory!
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Hey chiragr! Stay active and welcome to ATB.

You'll find some very knowledgeable fans here!


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angelsandlakers wrote:
Keeping Teixeira will already be difficult enough, adding Sabathia would be truly remarkable. Still we need to keep the priority on Teixeira. Sign him first, then explore the rest of the market. Sabathia would be great and all, but our pitching is already fantastic. Basically if we lose Teixeira, we don't only lose the key part of our offense, but we put in Kendry Morales as a replacement. If we don't land Sabathia, we still have great pitching depth seeing Escobar will be back coming next season. But count on the Yankees to be the off-season enemy.

Couldn't have said it better myself bro


chiragr
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JustAnotherHaloVictory! wrote:
Hey chiragr! Stay active and welcome to ATB.

You'll find some very knowledgeable fans here!

Thanks Man! Very Happy


angelsandlakers
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So I got to ask, where did you hear about the site? Are you familiar with other Topbuzz sites, or did you just happen to come across it, or what?


chiragr
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angelsandlakers wrote:
So I got to ask, where did you hear about the site? Are you familiar with other Topbuzz sites, or did you just happen to come across it, or what?

I actually found this website through lakers.topbuzz because i am a big lakers fan also.


angelsandlakers
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That is what I was thinking. Well glad to have a new member on the site.


chiragr
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Thanks! angelsandlakers


JustAnotherHaloVictory!
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Hey chiragr, just wondering,

Tell us about yourself.

How long have you been a Lakers, and Angels fan?...

Who is your favorite Laker/Angel

How do you like our chances for both the Lakers and Angels??

Smile


JustAnotherHaloVictory!
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angelsandlakers wrote:
Well glad to have a new member on the site.

Same here man


JustAnotherHaloVictory!
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Now this is one tough cookie, who would you rather have?

A healthy Escobar, or a healthy Sabathia???

I pick Sabathia simply because of his age, and he is a more proven pitcher


angelsandlakers
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Sabathia is on a different level as compared to Escobar...no offense to the guy, he is great and all, but no CC.


JustAnotherHaloVictory!
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Exactly. Plus, CC has way more years ahead unlike the aging Kelvim.


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JustAnotherHaloVictory!
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sorry if Im overexaggerating guys but I would LOVE to see this guy in an Angels uni


angelsandlakers
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To think if CC replaced Garland in the rotation...and Escobar will be back. It would probably be the best rotation in baseball. But then again, we don't necessarily need 6 studs. We only need 3-4 starting pitchers when it comes to the play-offs...


JustAnotherHaloVictory!
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If we add Sabathia, next year will be better thank this one, obviously


roykimo
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JustAnotherHaloVictory! wrote:
I got my wish!

I was hoping the Angels will go after this guy.

Let go of Garland, Oliver's contract and that should do it!

As for Tex, We could let go GA and have Rivera start

nononononono we need GA look wat hes done in his career

let him finis his career as an angel


JustAnotherHaloVictory!
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Man, roykimo, I'm startin to feel you.

If I saw GA with another uniform next season, I'd die.

But remember, this is a business.


angelsandlakers
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A new member, great!


SlamFan
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As long as we are dreaming big, lets resign Tex, resign KRod, and sign CC as well. Hek, the money belongs to somebody else and the team will probably make money anyway with 3 World Series Wins in a row, so let's open up the pocketbook and spend big.


angelsandlakers
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I definitely think by winning the World Series, Arte's wallet will be a little more generous. Tough to imagine us maintaining both AND landing CC knowing many MLB teams are looking to sign these players.


JustAnotherHaloVictory!
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yeah and we all know Arte is extremely unselfish


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