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Angels make a dramatic move in AL West

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on Dec. 8, 2011 at 7:48 am with 10 Comments »
December 8, 2011 8:00 am

The Texas Rangers have won back-to-back American League championships, which set the bar in the Amerian League West high, and now the Los Angeles Angels have challenged it – reportedly signing first baseman Albert Pujols.

Reports from Dallas and the winter meetings are that Pujols was landed with a 10-year offer that may be as high as $260 million.

That certainly makes life more difficult for the Seattle Mariners and general manager Jack Zduriencik, a fourth-place team that – on paper – seems to have lost ground to the division leaders this off-season. Their only move at the winter meetings thus far: selecting left-handed reliever Lucas Luetge in the Rule 5 draft.

And Luetge hasn’t pitched above Class AA in the Milwaukee system.

The Angels also have an offer out for free agent lefty C.J. Wilson. The AL West has gotten considerably tougher this morning, adding pressure to the Seattle front office. How they respond may go a long way toward determining whether contention is a pipe dream or a viable possibility.

At the moment, the Mariners and Oakland Athletics have the bottom of their divisiion to themselves.

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  1. SandlotSam says:

    This is Jack Z’s worst nightmare. The Angels will be hop, skipping, and jumping back to So Cal with Pujols (and maybe more) and Jack Z will be coming back to Seattle with, well, nobody to get excited about. At least not yet. Good grief. Well, the Mariners can always move to the minor leagues.

  2. bigmike04 says:

    I guess you can say when Los Angles Angles come to town, that Safeco Field will probably be getting more fans to the game, who wouldn’t want to see Albert play, I know I would take the day just to go to the game & hopefully try to get his autograph..

  3. WTraveler says:

    Gee, Bigmike, maybe you can convince Oakland to go get Fielder, then you’ll be able to see another super star playing against the Mariners. In the mean time we can enjoy the latest rule V guy that takes up a roster spot.

  4. On the bright side, at least we will no longer be in last; that honor will likely go to Houston. Looks like we’re in for a 3rd place vs 4tth place battle vs Oakland for the next few years (grr).

  5. bigmike04 says:

    Really WTraveler Really have to be that rude…

    Does anyone really believe M’s have chance at getting Fielder when Boras is going to demand 200 Million for 8-10 yrs. Their no doubt that Boras & Fielder are going to accept anything less than that…

  6. GriffinNW says:

    I do see the Mariners below a few others to land Fielder. Marlins obviously would pay out for Pujols, I bet they make a pretty good offer for Fielder. Cardinals and Rangers are out there as well. Cubs? If the M’s wanted him badly, they would pull the trigger/if Fielder wanted our contract or to play here, he would sign whatever contract was offered.

  7. Not to sound like a broken record, but unless we get a significant payroll increase from Nintendo, Fielder makes no sense; he would take up to high a % of payroll.

    It seems to me that Nintendo’s plan in conjunction with Chucky & Howie is too make us a perennially loser, which is apparently ok with ownership as long as they make a nice profit off that stadium us taxpayers gave them.

  8. hawkfan777 says:

    I agree with moo.

    The owners need to understand that they are in control of the future of the Mariners. They need to increase payroll if they want to build a competitive team. It is hard for young players to snap out of their losing ways unless you surround them with some winners that are still in their prime. Unfortunately, it is not the Mariners way.

  9. Evan Shannon Dreyer said today she thinks they have to raise payroll!!

  10. URwhoUR says:

    I love the signing. The Angels will be a true powerhouse. Talk about putting the heat on the pretenders of the AL West. Can you imagine the look on the faces of the front office upon hearing the news. Shock and dismay.

    Current Ownership Goals:
    1. Keep Ichiro happy (see #2)
    2. Sell Tickets mostly based on give-a-ways (even if it means having to give away way more inexpensive stuff then you ever imagined, (see #1)
    3. Win a World Series

    As long as Goals #1 & #2 are on top of the list, in either order, the M’s will never come close to realizing goal #3. It’s very simple. These goals will slowly turn around but not in the very near future as many of us thought and hoped. The Angels goals are a wee bit different. Who cares if come September we’re battling Oakland and Houston for 3rd place, 30 games out of 2nd place.

    This was a brilliant plan that paid well for 6-7 years and ownership made a pile of yen during that time. I tip my cap to them for their success off the field with this business plan. When will they step up and truly focus on goal #3? JZ can only do so much. Imagine if he truly had the resources to work with that the two teams looking down on them have. We still have the best ads though….WOO-HOOOO!

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