Los An­ge­les An­gels ad­mit they’d love to land A-Rod

The Covington News - - SPORTS - By Ron­ald Blum

OR­LANDO, Fla. — While other teams play down their in­ter­est, the Los An­ge­les An­gels ad­mit they’d love to sign Alex Ro­driguez.

The An­gels had a mee­tand-greet with A-Rod’s agent, Scott Bo­ras, at the gen­eral man­agers’ meet­ings. The New York Mets also spoke with Bo­ras but won’t say whether they’re in or out of the com­pe­ti­tion.

Tony Rea­gins, who just took over as the An­gels’ GM, had glow­ing words for A-Rod.

“We had an ini­tial con­ver­sa­tion with Scott, and it was in­tro­duc­tory,” he said Wed­nes­day. “He prob­a­bly makes any team that he’s a part of bet­ter.”

Rea­gins said if talks pro­gressed, the An­gels would wel­come a chance to speak with Ro­driguez. Rea­gins ac­knowl­edged mar­ket­ing, as well as base­ball skills, would play a role in a de­ci­sion to sign A-Rod.

“In this day and age, I think that is a part of it,” he said.

While the Mets have the cash to sign Ro­driguez, they haven’t com­mit­ted to mak­ing an of­fer. Likely to win his third AL MVP award, Ro­driguez is ex­pected to sign a deal top­ping the record $252 mil­lion, 10-year con­tract the Texas Rangers gave him be­fore the 2001 sea­son. Be­fore A-Rod opted out of that agree­ment, Bo­ras told the New York Yan­kees they had to of­fer $350 mil­lion just to get a meet­ing with the third base­man.

Other pos­si­ble des­ti­na­tions are thought to in­clude the Bos­ton Red Sox, Chicago Cubs and Detroit Tigers. All those teams say that they’re not in­ter­ested at this point.

On the next-to-last day of the four-day gath­er­ing, closer Brad Lidge was traded by the Hous­ton Astros to the Philadel­phia Phillies along with in­fielder Eric Bruntlett for speedy out­fielder Michael Bourn, right-han­der Ge­off Geary and mi­nor league third base­man Mike Costanzo. Other big names in the news in­cluded Miguel Cabr­era, Roger Cle­mens, Tom Glavine and Kenny Rogers.

GMs de­cided Thurs­day that first- and third-base coaches will wear some sort of head pro­tec­tion dur­ing games next sea­son, an ac­tion taken four months af­ter Colorado’s Mike Cool­baugh was killed when he was struck on the neck by a line drive in a mi­nor league game.

No for­mal vote was taken. Joe Gara­gi­ola, se­nior vice pres­i­dent for base­ball op­er­a­tions in the com­mis­sioner’s of­fice, said GMs will de­cide on the ex­act form of pro­tec­tion when they meet next month at the win­ter meet­ings.

At­lanta said it would like to bring back Tom Glavine af­ter a five-year ab­sence. New gen­eral man­ager Frank Wren spoke with the two-time Cy Young Award win­ner and his agent, Gregg Clifton, and Wren in­tends to call again next week, af­ter teams can start mak­ing of­fers to free agents.

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