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Angels playing small ball, may be reluctant to spend big at winter meetings

Angels playing small ball, may be reluctant to spend big at winter meetings

The Angels acquired a free-agent outfielder Wednesday, but not one their fans are clamoring for.

Craig Gentry signed a nonguaranteed $1-million contract amid a growing belief that Angels owner Arte Moreno might be reluctant to splurge on one of the high-priced outfielders who could dramatically boost their lineup — Yoenis Cespedes, Jason Heyward, Justin Upton, Chris Davis or Alex Gordon.

Moreno, still stinging from the $40 million over the next two years that he owes on the ill-fated Josh Hamilton contract, is waffling on whether to take the payroll past the $189-million luxury-tax threshold, according to several people familiar with the owner's thinking but not...

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