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Written by The Staff   
Sunday, 12 November 2006 20:48

AngelsArte Moreno and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim missed out on the opportunity to land Aramis Ramirez, but that doesn't mean that today they won't go hard after the likes of Alphonso Soriano or Barry Zito, and that's on top of the fact that they have a bid in for Japanese pitching sensation Daisuke Matsuzaka.

The Angels said almost a month ago that they were going to be aggressive this off-season, and they appear to still be in that frame of mind. As the LA Times reports:

The auction starts today, and the Angels already have their hands up. Today is the first day teams can bid upon free agents, and the Angels plan to submit opening bids so high that a player or two will accept right away and other teams will take their money elsewhere.

Sometimes that strategy works, and you win Mo Vaughn. That didn't work out so well for the Angels.

Sometimes that strategy doesn't work, and you lose Paul Konerko. That didn't work out so well for the Angels, either.

But they're back, with owner Arte Moreno's wallet wide open. The last time the Angels missed the playoffs, Moreno spent $145 million on free agents, including Vladimir Guerrero and Bartolo Colon, the best position player and best pitcher available that winter.

How aggressive and flexible will the Angels be? "We've got Plan A, B, C, D and E," Angels GM Bill Stoneman said, referring to free agency and trades. "We've got five ways of doing what we want to get done. There's a lot of stuff we could be tackling. There won't be much time wasted."

 
 
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