The Angels long have known they do not have the elite prospects necessary to acquire Price from the
"We're not looking to move pieces from our major league club," Dipoto said.
Dipoto said he would like to add a pitcher to the back of the rotation and the back of the bullpen, likely a closer or another left-handed reliever. He declined to discuss Price or any other pitcher who might be available.
"We're open to the idea of getting deeper on the pitching side," Dipoto said. "We'll see how that plays out. But our team is gelling, and we don't want to detract from that."
Although speculation has focused on San Diego Padres closer Huston Street, the Angels also are interested in two other Padres pitchers: setup man
In addition to the lack of available minor league talent to attract the Rays, another factor would hamper the Angels' pursuit of Price. Angels owner Arte Moreno would prefer not to pay baseball's luxury tax, and the average annual value of a player's contract is used to determined whether a team is liable for the tax each year.
The Rays have not committed to trade Price by the July 31 deadline. They are 9 1/2 games behind the