Angels Don't Want to Rent First Baseman
LOS ANGELES -- With first baseman Kendry Morales out for the season, the Angels are considering trade scenarios.
Manager Mike Scioscia said before Friday's game that the club is not inclined to rent a player for the remainder of the season. If the Angels trade for a player, they want him to be part of next season's team as well.
"At this point," Scioscia told FanHouse, "it would be a piece that you bring in that would help you past this year -- make you better for the future also. I think that's a deal that would be very attractive to (the front office)."
The Angels say Morales, who was injured May 29 (photo above), will be ready for next season. So, based upon Scioscia's remark, the Angels would want a player who can move from first base to another position in 2011. Hideki Matsui, the team's designated hitter, is on a one-year contract. Third base is another potential opening for 2011.
During the 2008 season, the Angels traded for first baseman Mark Teixeira, knowing he would become a free agent after the season. Teixeira signed with the Yankees for $180 million in December 2008, but Scioscia said the Angels didn't view him as a rental player when they traded for him.
"We had every hope that we'd carry him forward," Scioscia said. "I don't think there's a guy that we're going to target as a rental player (now) that's going to cost us both players and resources."
Scioscia's comments seem to argue against a trade for White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko, who is in the final year of his contract.
The manager said a middle of the order hitter might "evolve" from within the roster, and that the Angels aren't feeling pressure to make a move.
"Whether we get somebody or we don't get somebody, what's going to make our team go is still in place," he said