(C. Trent Rosecrans – CBSSports. com) — Anaheim is hardly out of the American League West race, just three games behind leader Texas and 2 1/2 games behind second-place Seattle, but owner Arte Moreno has already told general manager Tony Reagins not to spend any more money this season, ESPNLosAngeles.com’s Mark Saxon writes.
Saxon cites a “baseball source” as saying the Angels won’t spend any more money for the rest of the season after eating what was left of Scott Kazmir’s $14.5 million salary this season and taking on the albatross contract of .193-hitting Vernon Wells.
Oh, and they’re still paying Gary Matthews Jr. $12.4 million this season for a grand total around $140 million for the team’s 2011 payroll.
The Angels can still make move, but they won’t be able to take on any payroll, so a deal would have to be a wash financially or in the Angels’ favor.
Reagins has shown a willingness to deal at the deadline in recent years. The Angels added Mark Teixeira in 2008 at the trade deadline and Kazmir a year later.
Last year the Angels picked up Alberto Callaspo and Dan Haren for a stretch run. The Angels could try to unload Joel Pineiro ($8 million) and Fernando Rodney ($5.5 million) in a search for more offense.
They could also try to move Bobby Abreu, who has a vesting option worth $9 million for next season with another 147 plate appearances.
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