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Angels eye Matt Garza, but Masahiro Tanaka deal could drive up price
Angels eye Matt Garza, but Masahiro Tanaka deal could drive up price

The New York Yankees’ signing of Japanese pitching sensation Masahiro Tanaka to a reported seven-year, $155-million deal on Wednesday doesn’t really change much for the Angels in their pursuit of a starting pitcher. Though the Angels scouted Tanaka thoroughly and liked him a lot, they did not make a formal offer to the 25-year-old right-hander, General Manager Jerry Dipoto said. The fact the Angels were not among the teams that met with Tanaka and his agent earlier this month — in Los Angeles — was a strong indication they would not be an aggressive bidder for him. With about $15 million of wiggle room under the $189-million luxury-tax threshold, veteran...

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