Angels GM Tony Reagins says Jayson Werth signing “doesn’t affect” talks with Carl Crawford
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Tony Reagins’ reaction to the seven-year, $126-million contract free-agent Jayson Werth signed with the Washington Nationals on Sunday was typical for the Angels general manager, who is reluctant to talk about anything pertaining to potential trades or free-agent negotiations.
‘I don’t have a reaction,’ Reagins said upon arriving at the winter meetings at about 8 p.m. EST Monday, after mechanical difficulties delayed his connecting flight to Orlando from Dallas.
But doesn’t the Werth deal change the market landscape for the Angels? The team was hoping to sign free-agent outfielder Carl Crawford for something in the five-year, $100-million range, but many believe the Werth signing could push Crawford’s price tag to the eight-year, $150-million range.
‘We still have to conduct business with any free agent, but this is part of the process,’ Reagins said. ‘That happens this time of the year. ... We’re still conducting business. What other clubs do doesn’t affect how we operate.’
Reagins is expected to meet with Greg Genske, the agent for Crawford, either late Monday night or Tuesday. The Angels also are reportedly interested in free-agent closer Rafael Soriano and free-agent third baseman Adrian Beltre.
‘I feel positive about all of the free agents we’re engaged with,’ Reagins said.
-- Mike DiGiovanna in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.