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Cubs, D-Backs And Angels Still Possbile For Dye

According to a source, trade talks that would bring Jermaine Dye to Boston are dead.

Dye never was formally approached for his permission to approve a deal.

It is still possible that Dye could be traded before the non-waiver deadline at 4 p.m. ET. The Cubs, Diamondbacks and Angels could be possibilities.

Via FoxSports


Angels' Stoneman Says Deal Still In The Works

As the trade deadline clock ticks louder, Angels general manager Bill Stoneman insists he is still working on adding a player of significance.

So just how confident is he that a deal can get done by Tuesday now that the asking price on the few available sluggers has been deemed too high?

"I don't know if I'd use the word `confident', but I don't know if I wouldn't," Stoneman said moments before Saturday's game. "You don't know. You just don't know."

That answer doesn't quite inspire anyone to buy punch and cookies for a new guy's welcome party.

A number of sluggers have appeared on the Angels' radar, including Adam Dunn, Mark Teixeira, Jermaine Dye and Mike Piazza. But the Angels refuse to part with their top prospects to land a proven hitter, and deals continue to fall apart.

Via L.A. Daily News


Angels Beat Tigers With Help From Fan

The Angels made child's play out of a seven-run eighth inning Saturday that buried the Detroit Tigers.

Paramount to the run-scoring explosion that sealed a 10-3 victory at Angel Stadium was an 11-year-old Angels fan named Luis "Little Bartolo" Castillo, who made sure Garret Anderson's towering fly ball toward the seats in right field would get maximum value.

It was a memorable moment in a victory sparked by Jeff Mathis' three hits and grind-it-out pitching from Joe Saunders. The Angels remained four games ahead of the Seattle Mariners in the American League West, with a three-game series set to begin Monday at Seattle.

Castillo, a Tustin resident, said that he reached out over the top of the 18-foot wall in right field to snag Anderson's drive, guaranteeing a three-run home run that broke a 3-3 tie. The floodgates opened after that, with Orlando Cabrera capping the scoring with a two-run home run.

Via L.A. Daily News


Rangers To Drag Out Teixeira Sweepstakes?

Chipper Jones learned long ago not to get too excited about trade rumors, but he couldn't help himself Friday as he envisioned Atlanta's lineup should the Braves finalize a proposed trade for Texas Rangers first baseman Mark Teixeira.

"It'd be awful nice to have that big bat in the lineup," Jones said of Teixeira, a switch-hitter who averaged 35 homers in his first four seasons (2003-06) and 122 RBIs during the past three seasons.

"It'd make us deep. You're talking about him into the four- or five-hole, moving Mac [Brian McCann] and Frenchy [Jeff Francoeur] down a spot," Jones said. "It would make us pretty formidable, one through eight. As formidable as anybody."

The Braves and at least two other teams, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels, remained the strongest contenders for Teixeira as of Friday night. But the Rangers could wait this out to the 4 p.m. Tuesday non-waiver trade deadline, hoping a team will cave in to their demands and sweeten an offer.

The Braves have a three-player package featuring their top prospect, catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, plus left-handed prospect Matt Harrison and one of two infield prospects, versatile Brent Lillibridge or shortstop Elvis Andrus.

The Braves have asked for one of three Rangers relievers ?- closer Eric Gagne, lefty C.J. Wilson, lefty Ron Mahay ?- to be included with Teixeira, especially if the Braves are to include Andrus, an 18-year-old defensive whiz.

Via Atlanta Journal-Constitution


Deal For Teixeira Seems Unlikely

The Angels essentially abandoned their pursuit of Texas slugger Mark Teixeira because of the Rangers' steep asking price Friday, leaving them very few options to bolster their offense before Tuesday's non-waiver trade deadline.

According to baseball sources, the Rangers wanted three players from the Angels for Teixeira, and the teams apparently agreed on the first two, first baseman Casey Kotchman and left-handed pitcher Joe Saunders.

Texas spent a day or two scouring the Angels' farm system this week, and the Angels were hoping the third request would be for a mid-level prospect or major league reserve such as Terry Evans and Nathan Haynes, both outfielders.

The Rangers gave the Angels a list of four names to choose from Friday. On that list were infielder Brandon Wood, the organization's top position-playing prospect, double-A right-hander Nick Adenhart, the organization's top pitching prospect, starting second baseman Howie Kendrick, who is on the disabled list because of a broken finger, and recently demoted right-hander Ervin Santana.

Via L.A. Times


Angels Jul 2007 Archive

  • Rangers Trying To Deal Sosa?

    Teams are calling the Rangers about Eric Gagne and Mark Teixeira, and either or both of those players could be traded by Tuesday.

  • Angels Denied Konerko, Give Up Pursuit Of Dunn

    Sources say the Angels were rebuffed in their attempts to pry Paul Konerko from the White Sox and have all but given up their pursuit of Cincinnati slugger Adam Dunn.

  • Teixeira Or Bust For Angels

    Though there is an outside chance they could acquire Chicago White Sox outfielder Jermaine Dye, it appears to be Mark Teixeira is the Angels prime objective.

  • Angels 'Very Persistent' In Chase Of Teixeira

    People familiar with the Mark Teixeira trade talks say the Angels are belying their usual California cool and being "very persistent" in their efforts to land the switch-hitting slugger, who would be the perfect complement to Vladimir Guerrero.

  • Angels Pursuing Konerko

    The Angels, who have had trade talks with Texas regarding first baseman Mark Teixeira, have also resumed their pursuit of Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko, who turned down a five-year, $62-million free-agent offer from the Angels after 2005 to remain in Chicago.

  • Dodgers, Angels, Braves, Orioles And Yanks In Teixeira Hunt

    Mark Teixeira will be the top prize of this year's deadline, should Jon Daniels deal him.

  • Angels Place Colon On 15-Day DL With Elbow Injury

    The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim placed righthander Bartolo Colon on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday.

  • Yankees Acquire Jose Molina

    The Yankees acquired catcher Jose Molina from the Angels on Saturday night for minor league reliever Jeff Kennard.

  • Glaus Hasn't Been Approached About No-Trade Clause

    Troy Glaus says he has not been approached about waiving his no-trade rights.

  • Figgins Sets Franchise Steals Record

    Chone Figgins had the Angels' career basestealing record by the fifth inning Sunday.

  • Guerrero Trusts Moreno Will Do Right Thing Regarding A-Rod

    Vladimir Guerrero gave no indication Sunday that he would be offended if the Angels brought in another superstar who was making twice as much as he is.

  • Angels Waive Hillenbrand

    The Angels waived infielder-designated hitter Shea Hillenbrand on Monday, a disappointment for Los Angeles after signing a $6.

  • Vlad Wins Home Run Derby

    The Angels' Vladimir Guerrero edged the Blue Jays' Alex Rios to win the All-Star Home Run Derby on Monday night in San Francisco.

  • A-Rod Hits 30th Home Run As Yankees Blow Out Angels

    Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees held their own home run derby Sunday.

  • A-Rod To L.A. Talks Heating Up?

    Alex Rodriguez can opt out of his contract after this season, and there are already rumors he will sign with the Angels.

  • Napoli Put On Disabled List

    Maybe Manager Mike Scioscia should have knocked on wood before Sunday's game against the Baltimore Orioles when he said the Angels have "used every ounce" of the organization's major league depth.