The non-waiver trade deadline passed Sunday without the Angels making a move, largely because General Manager Tony Reagins found the asking price for the players he coveted to be too high.
“We didn’t match up,” he said. “We had discussions that were interesting. But when you looked at what you had to give up to get what was out there, it just didn’t make sense for us.
“There were teams that set their sights on a certain level of prospects and didn’t really waiver from it.”
Although Reagins wouldn’t talk about the players he was interested in, the Angels were reportedly looking for bullpen help and a power bat, preferably one that could play third base.
While the Angels were frustrated in their efforts, the division rival Texas Rangers, who lead the Angels by two games in the American League West, pulled off two deals, adding highly sought relievers Mike Adams and Koji Uehara.
“Every team has to look at their situation and try to improve where they can,” Reagins said. “We just look at it as they improved their club and we’re going to go out and continue to play baseball and see where it takes us.”
Reagins said he’ll continue to explore options to improve the team, either by trade or through a waiver acquisition.
“We think there will be some opportunities later on that may materialize,” he said. “But … we have confidence in the 25 guys we have on the club at this point.”
Bobby Abreu will be back
Bobby Abreu’s four plate appearances Sunday gave him 1,100 since the start of the 2010 season, triggering a $9-million option for next season.
“It’s a real relief. I don’t have to worry if I’m going to have a job or not,” Abreu said. “It’s good to know that you’re going to be here next year.”
Abreu, 37, is batting .264 with four home runs and 41 runs batted in but he leads the team with 67 walks and a .380 on-base percentage. And this contract, he said, won’t be his last.
“I’d like to play three or four more [years],” he said. “I can still run. I still can do my little things. I haven’t changed my game.”
Deciding on Mike Trout
The Angels still can’t decide what to do with prospect Mike Trout. Reagins and Manager Mike Scioscia believe the 19-year-old outfielder needs to play to continue to develop, yet he had only 13 at-bats on the team’s 10-game trip that concluded Sunday.
But since there’s no one the Angels can call up that would be as useful as Trout, Reagins expects Trout to still be in uniform when the Angels open a three-game series with Minnesota on Tuesday. How long he stays beyond that is uncertain.
“In the ideal situation, your prospect plays. When you play you gain experience, you develop,” Reagins said. “So at some point we have to make a determination if he’s not getting enough at-bats up here to make an adjustment.”