Angels GM Tony Reagins to arrive fashionably late to winter meetings ... again
Not expecting a whole lot in terms of Angels rumors on the first official day of the winter meetings, General Manager Tony Reagins, as has been his custom for several years now, is not expected to arrive at the Disney World's Swan and Dolphin resort until late Monday afternoon or early evening.
He'll be plenty busy once he gets there.
Free-agent left fielder Carl Crawford, of course, is on top of the Angels' winter shopping list, and the seven-year, $126-million contract that outfielder Jayson Werth signed with the Washington Nationals on Sunday night could push the bidding for Crawford up to the eight-year, $150-million range, a stratosphere the Angels probably aren't comfortable with.
Crawford's price tag could push the Angels toward free-agent third baseman Adrian Beltre, who won't come cheap -- he's another Scott Boras client coming off a very good year, and he is believed to be seeking a five-year deal in the $70-million to $85-million range -- but won't be nearly as expensive as Crawford.
The Oakland Athletics have reportedly withdrawn their five-year, $64-million offer to Beltre, and the Red Sox might not be so motivated to retain Beltre after acquiring first baseman Adrian Gonzalez from the San Diego Padres on Sunday night, a move that will push first baseman Kevin Youkilis to third base.
Reagins is also expected to pursue bullpen help here, and the Angels are believed to be targeting free-agent closer Rafael Soriano. Another possibility is Bobby Jenks, the former Angels prospect who was not tendered a contract by the Chicago White Sox and is a free agent, and set-up men J.J. Putz, Matt Guerrier and Jesse Crain.
-- Mike DiGiovanna in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Photo: Tony Reagins. Credit: Los Angeles Times