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Priced out on Zack Greinke, Angels GM calls moving on a “practical decision”

Dec 7, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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Early in the offseason the Angels were shopping Ervin Santana (who they eventually traded) and Dan Haren (whose option they eventually declined) because they wanted to clear payroll space to re-sign Zack Greinke, making that the focus of their winter.

Unfortunately for the Angels once Greinke actually hit the open market and the offers started rolling in they found his price tag was above their means, so now they’ve dropped out of the running for Greinke and turned to Joe Blanton as a much cheaper fallback option.

“We’re prepared to move on from Zack,” general manager Jerry Dipoto said, via Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times. “Sometimes the smartest thing you can do is make practical decisions. Nobody operates without a ceiling.”

While true, that’s quite a change from last offseason when the Angels broke the bank to sign Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson for a combined $320 million. And that’s also quite different than the Dodgers’ current approach to spending, which seemingly is without a ceiling.

  1. number42is1 - Dec 7, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    I wonder if they regret the CJ wilson signing?
    on a side note does anyone have a good list of potential free agent pitchers for next season? I know that Doc and Verlander on on the list.

    • geoknows - Dec 7, 2012 at 11:26 AM

      mlbtraderumors.com is the best place to go for that. Verlander is signed through 2014, so no, he’s not a free agent after next year. Doc has a vesting option for 2014 that calls for 225 innings and not on the DL at end of 2013, so he might not be either. Here’s the list:

      http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2012/02/2014-mlb-free-agents.html

      • geoknows - Dec 7, 2012 at 3:42 PM

        So, ummm, let’s see…two thumbs down for a post that did three things:

        1. Answered the question posed by the previous poster
        2. Relayed the contract status of Justin Verlander
        3. Relayed the contract status of Roy Halladay

        No opinions were given and no false information was imparted.

        What’s not to like?

    • megastaff1975 - Dec 7, 2012 at 11:26 AM

      You can take Verlander off that list!! Tigers will not let him hit the market. They will give him a new contract before the end of 2013 season.

      • 78mu - Dec 7, 2012 at 3:09 PM

        Unless Verlander’s arm falls off I can’t see the Tigers not topping any offer he would get from another team. And if he’s not determined to test the market they’ll probably open the vault before he becomes a FA.

  2. dugldo - Dec 7, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    no loss. ol zak is over-hyped…

  3. gpatrick15 - Dec 7, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    He should put a rush on picking a team. The longer he waits, the more teams will drop out of the running. No team will wait forever, they have other moves to make.

    • nightman13 - Dec 7, 2012 at 1:51 PM

      Normally I’d agree with you, but Fielder took forever to sign last season and still got his monster pay day. I wonder if that might be setting a little different timeline going forward.

      • gpatrick15 - Dec 7, 2012 at 3:43 PM

        You’re right. At the time, I viewed Fielder’s drawn out free agency cycle as the exception. Could be turing into the rule for high profile FA’s.

  4. randygnyc - Dec 7, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    “We’re prepared to move on” is different from, “we have moved on”. IMO, Angels are still in, but not going to lead. It’ll be a wait and see kind of thing.

    • nolanwiffle - Dec 7, 2012 at 12:17 PM

      That’s the way I read that as well.

    • 78mu - Dec 7, 2012 at 3:20 PM

      I seem to recall the Angels saying at one time last year they were not in the market for Pujols.

  5. bobrando - Dec 7, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    I think eventually the market is going to disappear from Zack. He’s pricing himself out of work. Dodgers aren’t too keen on him anymore and I suppose this report has counted the Halos out. I doubt if Texas resigns Josh that they would want to sign Zack for that kind’ve money. They’d be possibly putting themselves out of the running for resigning Yu when he reaches his prime.

    • kevinbnyc - Dec 7, 2012 at 1:10 PM

      The way I take it, it’s been a bidding war, not that he’s asking for all this money. Eventually there will be 1 team standing who will sign him to whatever they’ve bid up to.

      • crackersnap - Dec 7, 2012 at 6:00 PM

        What happens when there is only one team standing, and the other teams that once were candidates have now spent all their funds on alternative plans, essentially removing themselves permanently from being competitive bidders any longer?

        In this case, if the Rangers are left alone and the Dodgers and Angels have turned and committed their payroll elsewhere, what’s to stop the Rangers from pulling some $170 mill offer and presenting a $150 mill offer instead??

  6. uyf1950 - Dec 7, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    I think in the long run the Angels will be glad if /when they move on.

  7. fhuizar - Dec 7, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Love Grienke

    But no pitcher will last pitching in Rangers ballpark

  8. ezthinking - Dec 7, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Bunch on BS. LAD floated this same crap yesterday. I guess Tex gets him for $1.00

    There’re all in, all of them.

    • nightman13 - Dec 7, 2012 at 1:54 PM

      I think sports could really benefit from a Price is Right style bidding system. Especially like the Showcase Showdown. If your bid falls in the right price range you get TWO free agents for the price of one.

  9. sawxalicious - Dec 7, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    I wonder if teams are wary of entering into the next Barry Zito-style contract….

  10. Carl Hancock - Dec 7, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Sounds like the absurd deals they handed out last year are already biting them in the ass.

    • kash71 - Dec 7, 2012 at 10:14 PM

      Not really. Think about the rumored asking price, and tell me how Greinke is even remotely worth that kind of money. Even the Dodgers don’t think he is worth it and they had no problem spending high dollars on some questionable talent.

  11. nightman13 - Dec 8, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    He should really just take the best deal he can get from the Brewers. He was comfortable there and performed insanely well at Miller Park.

  12. jjpileggi - Dec 9, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Eventually the bank gets emptied, and the Angels pretty much emptied theirs last year. They finished out of the money with Haren, Santana and Greinke, so they have decided to be cheaper and have some flexibility. No argument there.

    John Pileggi

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