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High-cost outfield upgrades are still out of Angels' reach

High-cost outfield upgrades are still out of Angels' reach

A trio of free-agent sluggers, any one of whom could transform the Angels' lineup from decent to potentially potent, remain available just five weeks before the start of spring training, a surprising development considering the caliber of those players — Yoenis Cespedes, Justin Upton and Chris Davis.

But the Angels, who have a pressing need for an upgrade in left field, don’t appear any closer to acquiring any of the three than they were the day after the World Series ended in early November.

Owner Arte Moreno, his 2016 payroll pushing up against the $189-million luxury tax threshold, said on Dec. 16 that the Angels “are probably going to be out” on the...

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