Monday, February 11, 2008

To Angelos: Are you rebuilding or not????

Thanks to MLBTR-

Some owners make headlines by talking to the press or releasing statements. This is best exemplified in New York, where the Steinbrenners aren't strangers to reporters. Some owners, though, like to make headlines in other ways. Take Peter Angelos for example. People know him not because he speaks to the press, but rather because he's always about to kill a certain move -- a free agent signing or a trade. Yes, despite dealing Erik Bedard and Miguel Tejada this off-season, Angelos still isn't keen on dishing Brian Robers.

Jon Heyman is hearing that the haul for Roberts might not be enough for Angelos's liking. The reported package includes pitcher Sean Gallagher, outfielder Matt Murton, and infielder Ronny Cedeno. This isn't the first deal for Roberts that Angelos has reportedly killed.

Heyman has an interesting bit on Angelos:

There is also a sense that Angelos has an unreasonable attachment to Roberts, who may well remind the owner of himself: a little guy who's scrapped his way to the top of his profession (no, not baseball; Angelos is at the top of the legal profession, at least in terms of dollars earned).

Of course, there is no way to verify that this is the case. But if Angelos is holding back a possible Roberts deal, he might be doing a disservice to his team. They stand to benefit more in the future from the young talent they'd receive than they would from Roberts, who is 30 this year.

So who makes the decisions here? It seems Angelos is more concerned with keeping a guy he likes rather than making his team better. Its one thing to nix a trade that does not seem fair, its another thing to nix it just to do it. Angelos needs to make up his mind. Gallagher, Murton, and Cedeno is more than enough to get this deal done in my opinion. I am wondering if this deal will ever get done. Maybe Hendry should say forget it and move on to a guy like Figgins or other speedy guys who can play middle infield or outfield.


Anonymous said...

I still think we will get Roberts but if we dont Derosa is fine and even Patterson can play 2nd. In the minors hes always batted around 300 OBP 350, he can steal bases and hes a left handed bat. Cubs still have 8 starting pitchers and 9 relief pitchers there will be more trades. Nick I

Anonymous said...

I just had another thought. I was on the angels home page and Escobar will miss the start of the season. On the tigers home page it said Inge wants to play 3rd and not be a sub. Maybe we can swing a 3way trade and get Figgins, angles would get Inge and Marquis. Detroit would get prospects. I am tired of getting nixed by little man in Baltimore. Nick I