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GM says Angels will be “creative, aggressive” this offseason

Sep 30, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

Tony Reagins

After failing to make the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2000/2001 the Angels will be “creative” and “aggressive” this offseason, according to general manager Tony Reagins.

Reagins told Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times that “we’re not going to sit back and let things come” and “we’re going to try to improve the club.”

Of course, that may be easier said than done because the Angels have committed $100 million to just nine players for next season–which doesn’t include big raises for arbitration-eligible guys–and DiGiovanna writes that their projected payroll is around $120-$130 million.

“Creative” and “aggressive” are tough when you only have $25 million to throw around and plenty of holes to fill, but that’s what happens when the GM absorbs Vernon Wells‘ massive contract and gives Bobby Abreu a $9 million option for 2012.

DiGiovanna calls it “doubtful” that the Angels will pursue Albert Pujols or Prince Fielder as free agents, instead speculating that they might make a run at shortstop Jose Reyes and then possibly deal an incumbent middle infielder–Erick Aybar or Howie Kendrick–for pitching help.

  1. joetarring - Sep 30, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    As a non-Angels fan this news makes me excited. Say what you like about acquiring Vernon Wells but you can’t deny it was both creative and aggressive.

    What next? Trade for Alfonso Soriano and put him back at 2nd base?

    Go and get Carlos Zambrano to front the rotation?

  2. bobwsc - Sep 30, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    if that creativity means reacquiring John Lackey and finally getting their man in Carl Crawford, then they truly are Angels.

  3. thefalcon123 - Sep 30, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    $20 says they trade for Adam Dunn.

  4. notsofast10 - Sep 30, 2011 at 4:12 PM

    Just a man trying to look in control to his boss, otherwise, why say anything at all????

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