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Angels GM Tony Reagins doesn't see a deal for pitching on the horizon

With the staff struggling, the general manager says he won't make a trade simply to look busy

July 03, 2009|Kevin Baxter

With the season's halfway point less than a week away the Angels' pitching situation remains unsettled in the rotation and the bullpen. But General Manager Tony Reagins said Thursday he won't make a trade simply to look busy.

"Never would we make a decision anxiously or make a decision just to make a decision or make a move or trade just to make a trade," he said. "At the end of the day you have to find pieces that really make your club better."

And so far, those pieces aren't available at a price the Angels are willing to pay.

"There's nothing that I see on the horizon right now," Reagins said. "We've talked a lot to a lot of different clubs. But . . . I'm not any closer to a trade than I was a month ago."

The Angels have reportedly expressed interest in Arizona Diamondbacks' right-hander Dan Haren but those feelers were rebuffed.

Landing a Trout

Thursday was a big day for Michael Trout, one of the Angels' two first-round picks in last month's first-year player draft. Early in the day he signed a contract that included a $1.21-million bonus and in the afternoon he took batting practice at Angel Stadium and then posed for pictures in the dugout with Vladimir Guerrero.

"It hasn't really sunk in yet," said Trout, the 25th overall pick. "It's a great program, great organization and I'm glad to be with them."

Trout, who hit a couple of balls over the wall during batting practice, hit .531 with a New Jersey prep-record 18 home runs and 45 RBIs this spring. He will report to the Angels' Arizona Summer League team this morning.

A 17-year-old outfielder with the potential to be a five-tool player -- he's run the 60-yard dash in 6.5 seconds -- Trout said he jokingly warned Torii Hunter that he was after his job.

"I'm going to try to get up here as quick as I can," he said.

The Angels' other first-round pick, Texas high school outfielder Randal Grichuk, is already playing in Arizona.

Sleepless night

Manager Mike Scioscia admitted he is having trouble putting Wednesday's sloppy loss to the Texas Rangers behind him. "I didn't sleep last night reliving that whole game," he said. "That whole game was a heavy page to turn for us. Not so much the loss, but how we lost."

The Angels made several baserunning blunders but still managed to enter the bottom of the ninth inning tied before Justin Speier gave up a walk-off two-run homer to Hank Blalock.

"I'm not going to put this on Justin," Scioscia said. "That game was lost in a lot of areas."

Angels sit out Latin signing day

Thursday was the first day clubs were permitted to sign eligible Latin American players. But the Angels, who last month fired international scouting director Clay Daniel, remained on the sidelines.

Before Daniel was dismissed, the Angels were reportedly in the running for Dominican catcher Gary Sanchez, who signed with the Yankees after receiving a record $3-million bonus.

The Angels fired Daniel after being tipped that he was being investigated by baseball in connection with improprieties in the signing of Venezuelan prospects. Daniel has denied the charges.

Rodriguez sent down

After Thursday's game the Angels optioned right-hander Rafael Rodriguez to triple-A Salt Lake and activated Ervin Santana from the disabled list. Santana is scheduled to start against Baltimore tonight.


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