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Angels likely to have payroll in $130-140 million range next season

Oct 29, 2011, 5:47 PM EDT

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Some have speculated that the Angels could be a player for Jose Reyes or another high-profile free agent this winter, but if owner Arte Moreno can be believed, a big ticket item might not be in the cards.

According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, Moreno said this afternoon that the Angels will likely have a payroll in the $130-140 range in 2012. The Angels had a team record $142 million payroll in 2011 and missed the playoffs for the second straight season.

The Angels already have around $100 million tied up in just nine players next season. Yes, Vernon Wells is the albatross that keeps on giving. Assuming they tender contracts to Jerome Williams, Kendrys Morales, Alberto Callaspo, Erick Aybar and Howie Kendrick, they will be somewhere around $120 million. Unless new general manager Jerry Dipoto can get creative, that leaves little wiggle room for a major addition via free agency.

  1. halladaysbiceps - Oct 29, 2011 at 5:52 PM

    Just like the Phillies, the Angels would be wise not to get into the Jose Reyes signing. They don’t need the headache. He’s an injury waiting to happen. Do not invest 100+ million in the guy. Let some other team do the stupid FA signing.

  2. The Common Man - Oct 29, 2011 at 6:00 PM

    Maybe they can trade for Mike Napoli. I hear that does wonders for a franchise.

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