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Is Arte Moreno blowing smoke about the Angels offer to Carl Crawford?

Dec 17, 2010, 4:39 PM EDT

Carl Crawford

From the same L.A. Times article in which the Angels’ offer to Adrian Beltre was reported, Arte Moreno claims that the Angels never made an offer to Carl Crawford. Why? Never had the chance, he says.  By the time they got to talking to him in Orlando last week he had an agreement with the Red Sox. Alternatively, Moreno says, he was too expensive and if they signed him the payroll would have been out of whack and he would have had to raise ticket prices. Really: he makes the argument that an increased payroll would have led to higher ticket prices, as if those prices aren’t set by supply and demand.

Both of these explanations run counter to what ESPN’s Gordon Edes reported last week.  He had two different sources, one claiming that the Angles matched the $142 million offer but did so too late. Another says that all they made was a $108 million offer which was obviously way too light.

Know what it all sounds like to me?  It sounds like the Angels, despite all of their early-offseason talk about wanting to spend big and make a splash, have real payroll constraints that they don’t want to exceed and which were never compatible with Carl Crawford in the first place.  Disingenuous? Perhaps. Or maybe they just misread the market and didn’t figure contracts would be going loco like they have been. A third possibility: they just moved too damn slow. Whatever the case, Angels fans can’t be a happy lot right now, as their primary offseason target now plays for Boston and their secondary target — Mr. Beltre — has not accepted their allegedly big offer yet.

Know what would make this just perfect? If some other team signed Beltre and, wouldn’t you just know it, the Angels matched the offer ten minutes too late. Darn the luck.

  1. bloodysock - Dec 17, 2010 at 4:56 PM

    So they’ll have to raise ticket prices after the sign Adrian Beltre.

  2. Detroit Michael - Dec 17, 2010 at 5:03 PM

    Did the Angels cut ticket prices when they didn’t resign Chone Figgins and John Lackey last year? I missed that announcement.

  3. bigharold - Dec 18, 2010 at 2:32 AM

    “Arte Moreno claims that the Angels never made an offer to Carl Crawford. Why? Never had the chance, he says. By the time they got to talking to him in Orlando last week he had an agreement with the Red Sox.”

    So the LAA owner is using the RS alibi for not signing FA? Priceless!

    “Alternatively, Moreno says, he was too expensive and if they signed him the payroll would have been out of whack and he would have had to raise ticket prices.”

    More RS excuses?

  4. bc666 - Dec 20, 2010 at 1:03 AM

    The guy sounds like a used car salesman. GM Reagins ( another joke in the Angels front office) says the team evaluates a player, decides what his worth is then sets a deadline for the offer to be accepted or rejected. The Angels have no idea how the free agency market works. They always work in secrecy. They never give details of who they are going after. That way when they make their usual lowball offers they can tell the fans that they offered a fair deal but things just didn’t work out.

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