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Angels in the market for a first baseman following Kendry Morales' surgery

Jun 11, 2010, 11:44 AM EST

Earlier this week the Angels were said to be holding out at least some hope of Kendry Morales playing again this season, but he underwent surgery yesterday to repair the broken ankle suffering while celebrating a walk-off homer and afterward indications were that he’s all but certain to miss the rest of the year.
Now that the White Sox are admitted sellers, it’ll be interesting to see if the Angels are once again linked to Paul Konerko. Mike Napoli, Robb Quinlan, and Michael Ryan have been splitting starts at first base in Morales’ absence, but once Jeff Mathis returns from the disabled list Napoli will likely be freed up to spend most of his time at first base.
Napoli had never played an inning at first base in the majors prior to Morales’ injury last month, but his shaky defense behind the plate has always kept him from getting more action at catcher and the 28-year-old is a career .257/.354/.493 hitter with an average of 30 homers per 500 at-bats. Napoli has a career OPS of .846. By comparison, Konerko’s career OPS is .848, and he’s six years older and would cost multiple prospects.
“If [general manager] Tony [Reagins] finds something to improve the team, he’ll act on it,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “If Mike [Napoli] is playing well at first, that will add depth and make us better. Right now, in talking to Tony, nothing is imminent. But I don’t think Tony would put anything on hold if it’s the right move for us.” Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times speculates that the Angels could interested in Adam LaRoche, Lance Berkman, Ty Wigginton, Russell Branyan, and Xavier Nady in addition to Konerko.

  1. SenorChuckles - Jun 11, 2010 at 12:24 PM

    They’d only be wasting prospects if they do indeed go after a replacement at first base. Hey Tony, we need bullpen help.

  2. uncle jumpy - Jun 12, 2010 at 10:16 AM

    They can contact the Yankees about Nick Johnson . I’m sure the Yankees would pay the Angels , or any team to take that pussy . If he farts too loud he’s on the DL. Talk about taking a beating on a supposed player , they got hosed on this guy . Thank God he won’t be back next year.

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