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The Angels are in on Tanaka, but not IN-in

Jan 7, 2014, 9:16 AM EDT

This is what we’re reduced to as we wait for Tanaka to sign someplace. And for A-Rod to be suspended or not. And for all of the other pieces waiting on those two pieces fall into place:


No word if the Angels plan to have pitchers next year. They’re leaning that way, but don’t try to pin them down.

  1. stex52 - Jan 7, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Well, they didn’t have them last year. But you would think there was a message in there for them somewhere.

    • Simon M. - Jan 7, 2014 at 10:09 AM


  2. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jan 7, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Yea, well Bobby who’s dating Suzie said that he heard that Jennie likes this guy Matt from homeroom who’s third cousins with a guy who heard from a friend that the Angels were flirting with Tanaka in 4th period math class.

    Seriously, is this were the profession has gone?

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jan 7, 2014 at 9:53 AM

      Dear Masahiro
      Do you like us?


      Please circle one

  3. number42is1 - Jan 7, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    so they like him but they don’t like him like him?

  4. proudlycanadian - Jan 7, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    The chance that they sign him is 1 in 30.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jan 7, 2014 at 9:23 PM

      and the chance the bluejays sign him is 5,000 to 1

      • sophiethegreatdane - Jan 7, 2014 at 10:43 PM

        I don’t think that means what you think it means.

      • proudlycanadian - Jan 7, 2014 at 11:16 PM

        You are not very good at math.

  5. jcmeyer10 - Jan 7, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    I remember fifth grade too. I mean I liked that girl but not “liked liked” that girl.

  6. karlkolchak - Jan 7, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Gotta love this hard hitting reporting. Just like a weatherman predicting a 60% chance of rain, Fletcher could be right either way–or not.

    • asimonetti88 - Jan 7, 2014 at 11:11 AM

      Another fine piece of reporting by the Orange County Register.

  7. stoutfiles - Jan 7, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    I figured the Angels would be hoarding money in order to pay for Trout.

    • Kevin S. - Jan 7, 2014 at 11:36 AM

      The issue isn’t money so much as the tax considerations. Because the Angels would most likely structure Trout’s extension to mimic the arbitration curve, he’d still get peanuts this year, then relatively lower (but increasing) amounts in 2015-17 before paying him somewhere in the neighborhood of $30 million/year in 2018 and beyond. By the time his contract gets that high the Angels would have had plenty of money come off the books. The problem is MLB, in its infinite wisdom, made luxury tax calculations based off a player’s AAV. That’s fine for a FA deal, but for a team worried about the tax line, it makes it very hard to extend their young players. The Angels’ tax number for Trout this year would go from six figures to somewhere north of $20 million, despite them paying him the same amount.

  8. km9000 - Jan 7, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    In all fairness, Fletcher was about to field fan questions about the team, and he pre-emptively made the statement above, so it’s not like he was trying to break news. I guess he could’ve gone the Gomez route and said, “I don’t have to answer questions about Tanaka.”

  9. uyf1950 - Jan 7, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    “The Angels are in on Tanaka, but not IN-in”, Does that mean the Angels are on the inside looking out OR the outside looking in?

  10. jamesweltyms - Jan 7, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    Will the Angels be wasting their “Trout Years” if they don’t sign a Tanaka? A consensus building here ( is that Trout will cost 11 years and $340MM+. That’s a lot of coin and no postseason.

    • uyf1950 - Jan 7, 2014 at 11:42 AM

      If you check that site right now it says 10 years / $308MM. All that site is is a voting or polling site which means absolutely nothing. I realize many fans and “so called” experts are of the opinion that the Angels should sign Trout to a long term deal sooner rather than later. But Trout isn’t a FA until the 2018 season a lot can happen to a ballplayer in 3 or 4 years when the Angels will have to make a decision on Trouts future. Yes he can become very, very expensive as a FA, he also can hurt himself and have his value go way, way down. Now you hope an injury never happens but it is a fact of life in baseball.

  11. anxovies - Jan 7, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    Hey, give Craig a break. It’s the silly season after the holidays where nothing much happens in baseball except rumors. It’s like your first job where there there is a lull in the work and absolutely nothing to do but the boss is around and is keeping an eye on you. Everybody knows that faking work is harder than working. Craig’s blog is the equivalent of sweeping the floor for the third time or counting widgets. The HOF voting is coming up and there is the ARod thing and Tanaka. ST is only a couple of months. Hang in there, Craig, carry that clipboard and look busy.

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