|Scioscia on Bay: Angels Have ‘More Pressing Needs’||12.09.09 at 3:14 pm ET|
INDIANAPOLIS — Angels manager Mike Scioscia suggested that, while the organization is having internal conversations about whether to pursue free-agent outfielder Jason Bay, that the Halos may not end up being major bidders for him.
“I’ve not reached out personally to him, but he has been in internal discussions we’ve had as an organization,” said Scioscia. “I think there are some more pressing needs we have right now than the talent that Jason could bring. He’s an extraordinary talent, but we definitely have to look for some balance in some areas, and that might not make Jason a great fit for our club. …
“You try to be balanced and have as deep a club as you can. With some of the things we’re looking at, the opportunity to get deeper, we might not be able to make that one big splash with that one guy that Jason would be right now.”
Scioscia also suggested that the Angels continue to view pitching as a priority. He spoke specifically about the team’s hope to re-sign starter John Lackey, whom he described as “as focused as any pitcher I’ve ever seen…John is obviously one of the top starting pitchers in our league.”
Scioscia went so far as to suggest that the Angels could make a splash for Lackey, in which case, the team could not make another major signing along the lines of Bay or another top free agent.
“[Angels owner Arte Moreno] has committed to giving us a championship-caliber team,” said Scioscia. “If we do sign [Lackey], I think there are some other things that can be done to give us a balanced team. Maybe not two big splashes, but something that can be done to make us a better overall team.”
An Angels source said that the Halos do not view Bay as a defensive liability. The team admires his all-around game greatly, and in theory, would love to have him. However, the team is concerned about a substantial allocation of resources for one player, and feels that it might be able to build a better team by spreading its spending, rather than spending everything on one player.
For instance, last offseason, the source noted, the team made a substantial play for Mark Teixeira. When he elected to sign elsewhere, the Halos moved on, and were able to add Bobby Abreu, Juan Rivera and Brian Fuentes with that money.
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