Arte Moreno Says Angels Are Done Spending $ This Year

(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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  1. adolfo says:

    Don’t feel bad Angels fan, our owner Frank McCourt stopped spending money on the team after he bought it and instead spent money on himself. The big moves the Angels have made go back to the GM, but at least Arte Moreno is trying and has the money to spend unlike Frank McCourt who is a complete moron!

  2. Ron says:

    Don’t get rid of Bobby Abreu, he is one of the ONLY things that is going right for the offense. Plus he is trying to mentor the young guys, concerning patience at the plate.

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