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Angels don't appear to be looking for major deals

Club has some clear needs as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches, but it doesn't seem to have the means to get much done.

July 23, 2011|By Kevin Baxter
  • Angels General Manager Tony Reagins hasn't publicly discussed a wish list, his team could use at least one more arm at the back of the bullpen and a power bat for the middle of the lineup.
Angels General Manager Tony Reagins hasn't publicly discussed a… (Eric Risberg / Associated…)

Reporting from Baltimore — The Angels made major moves during the non-waiver trade period in two of the last three summers, adding first baseman Mark Teixeira in 2008 and acquiring right-hander Dan Haren last season.

Don't expect the same this year.

With a week to go before the July 31 deadline, the Angels have clear needs but don't appear to have the means to address them.

Although General Manager Tony Reagins hasn't publicly discussed a wish list, his team could use at least one more arm at the back of the bullpen and a power bat for the middle of the lineup. Toward that end, the team has been eagerly courting the San Diego Padres, who are likely to move reliever Heath Bell or Mike Adams, possibly both.

Finding help for the Angels' oft-anemic offense could be more difficult. There are few suitable hitters available, for one thing. Plus the Angels appear to have no position, other than designated hitter, third base or perhaps behind the plate, where a new player could get regular at-bats.

But a bigger obstacle to a deal is the fact that, after sending three top pitching prospects to Arizona in the Haren deal last year, Reagins has little he can afford to part with in trade.

And with the Angels' payroll at $139 million — fourth highest in baseball — the team can't afford to add the kind of a salary an impact player would command.

"When you go into this process, you have pretty clear ideas of what you're going to do to improve," said Reagins, who said he has "several" trade discussions each day this time of year.

"If the deal doesn't make sense, if the deal is not a fit for both parties, the deal doesn't get done. That doesn't mean that we can't add a player. It just means the deal didn't make sense for either side."

Scouts from the Florida Marlins, St. Louis Cardinals, Minnesota Twins and Washington Nationals, among other teams, were at Saturday's game in Baltimore just the same.

Glad to be back

Center fielder Peter Bourjos didn't take long to prove his tight right hamstring was sound, racing into the left-center-field gap to backhand J.J. Hardy's leadoff single Saturday, then throwing the runner out with a one-hop throw to second base.

"It was good to get that out of the way," said Bourjos, who was reactivated off the disabled list before the game.

An inning later he robbed Mark Reynolds of extra bases with an excellent catch a step short of the warning track in center field and in the seventh he ranged to the wall in right-center field to make another splendid running catch of a Robert Andino drive.

"It felt good to be back out there," said Bourjos, who was 0 for 3.

Home cooking

Vladimir Guerrero's mother, Altagracia Alvino, frequently cooked for the Angels' Latin players when her son played in Anaheim. And just because Guerrero has moved on to Baltimore, she apparently saw no reason to stop.

So Guerrero on Friday dropped off huge containers of rice, beans and beefsteak in the visiting clubhouse in Baltimore.

"It was great. Like always," Dominican-born pitcher Ervin Santana said.

kevin.baxter@latimes.com

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