Angels owner Arte Moreno has made it clear that being out of contention the past two seasons is not something he intends to see for a third season.
Before the Angels game yesterday, Moreno made a pledge, "I'll guarantee we're going to do something major," Moreno said. "We explored it before, but now we have goals we want to attain and that we will accomplish, whether through free agency or trades."
Moreno would not get into specific details of what the changes would be, but given the lack of offense this past season, the acquisition of a bat or two seems likely.
The Angels owner met Tuesday with key members of his staff including the major league coaching staff, several front-office executives and the team's major league scouts as they prepare for next season.
As reported, $73.5 million is committed to the 10 players under contract for 2007, and significant raises to closer Francisco Rodriguez and Scot Shields will boost the payroll to about $83.5 million.
As to whether GM Bill Stoneman is on the hot seat, Moreno signaled that his position is safe. "Everyone wants instant satisfaction — that's tough," Moreno said. "You've got to have stability. If you have a revolving door, where every year you have a new GM and manager….I won't want that. If you want to point the finger, point it at me." (The LA Times)