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Monkey with a Halo:
If it wasn't obvious by now, I have become completely obsessed with the Angels and their pursuit of Zack Greinke. Or I should say their aborted pursuit of Greinke because apparently everyone, including the Halos, has decided that the Dodgers are just going to give him all the money in the world. That's the conventional wisdom. The Dodgers have unlimited money and want to get the best pitcher they can. I guess it makes sense, right?
I say wrong, or at least the part of my brain that doesn't want the Angels to lose Greinke does. That little portion keeps saying "if the Dodgers want him so bad, why haven't they just signed him already?" Even with my bias, I think that is a very legitimate question.
Think about it. The rumors are that they are going to top whatever offer Greinke gets, but that is actually a risky position for them to take because it invites him to go out and talk to other team, other teams that might convince him to take their lesser offer because of some intangible, non-monetary reasons. Thus the Dodgers would've lost Greinke without ever making him a real offer because they made the mistake that he would only go to the highest bidder, which most players do, but there are some very notable exceptions. If ever there was a guy who one could expect to take the exception route, it is the infamously quirky Greinke.
What the Dodgers should do if they absolutely must have him is just tell him to name his price and give it to him. We saw early in the season that Greinke's camp put out word that he wanted six years and $150 million. That was LA's chance to swoop in pay the equivalent of eBay's Buy It Now price and forego any of that risky bidding war. Done and done.
But no, they didn't do it for some reason. Maybe they are overestimating their ability to just trump all offers or maybe, just maybe, they aren't actually ready to pay top dollar to land him. Let's not forget that this is a team that ALREADY HAS SIX STARTING PITCHERS plus the rights to the Korean pitcher Ryu. It isn't s rotation that screams World Series, but it is one that a team can contend with.
Basically, the Dodgers can afford to pay Greinke whatever they want, but the don't need to. And if they don't need him, that usually means that they do have a limit tot he amount they are willing to pay for him despite all the speculation to the contrary.
Forget I said anything.
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With all the controversy going on in Los Angeles about who they will pick up in the offseason, many outlets have begun to report that they have their sights set firmly on current free agent pitcher Zack Greinke. By acquiring the talents of Greinke, the Dodgers could become viable MLB picks throughout the year. While Los Angeles certainly has the money to get Greinke going into the...
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right-hander Ryan Madson the team is letting other clubs know that former
closer Jordan Walden is “very available,” reports Jayson Stark of ESPN.
In wake of Ryan Madson deal, #Angels were letting clubs know today that Jordan Walden is very available.
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) November 28, 2012
Angels Official Press Release of the passing of David Courtney
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David Courtney, the long-time public address announcer for the Angels and Kings and the PA voice for the Clippers since 2008, has died, the Angels announced on Thursday. He was 54.
Courtney began announcing for the Kings in 1989 and for the Angels in 1994, and he also served as the Los Angeles Rams PA announcer for three years before the NFL team moved to St. Louis in 1995.
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