Mike Scioscia denies Angels have interest in Rafael Betancourt


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Only a day before Sunday’s trade deadline, the Angels have reportedly turned their attention to middle- and late-inning relief help. But Saturday, Manager Mike Scioscia (pictured above) said he and General Manager Tony Reagins have not talked about Colorado’s Rafael Betancourt, one name to which the team has been linked.

‘His name has not come up in any conversations I’ve had with Tony,’ Scioscia said.

Asked what the chances are that Reagins would send him a player he hadn’t known about, Scioscia grinned and answered, ‘He hasn’t as of yet.’


Another player the Angels are reportedly pursuing is Baltimore’s Koji Uehara. But several other teams have inquired about him as well and it’s unlikely the Angels will be able to put together an attractive enough package of prospects to make that trade happen.

Teams have until 1 p.m. PDT Sunday to make deals. After that time, players must past through waivers before they can change teams.


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