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Manny Ramirez isn't in Angels' plans

December 9, 2008 |  6:06 pm

Raul Ibanez, left, congratulates Adrian Beltre after he hit a two-run home run against The Twins on Aug. 17.

LAS VEGAS -- If the Angels can't retain free-agent first baseman Mark Teixeira or sign free-agent pitcher CC Sabathia -- both of whom will carry $20-million-a-year price tags -- don't expect them to pursue free-agent slugger Manny Ramirez, who led the Dodgers to the National League championship series in October.

"That's probably not a likely scenario," General Manager Tony Reagins said of the possibility of adding Ramirez, who is seeking a deal in the four-year, $100-million range. "We think there are other opportunities that make more sense for us. When you commit those types of dollars to one area, you limit what you can do in other areas."

"We have another direction we would want to go before we go that route," Reagins said, referring to Ramirez.

And, if the Angels can't sign Teixeira? They would probably pursue less-expensive outfielders such as Raul Ibanez or Pat Burrell, or move third baseman Chone Figgins to left field and pursue a third baseman along the lines of Adrian Beltre, Garrett Atkins or Mike Lowell.

-- Mike DiGiovanna

Photo: The Seattle Mariners' Raul Ibanez, left, congratulates Adrian Beltre after he hit a two-run home run against The Twins on Aug. 17. Credit: Tom Olmscheid / Associated Press

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