The Angels aren't going to let Vladimir Guerrero play in the WBC because he had an offseason surgery. This isn't Vlad deciding not to play, the Angels won't let him. They also aren't going to let pitcher John Lackey and catcher Mike Napoli play.
Good for them. The Angels are putting the Angels first. The Angels aren't worried about MLB's desire to market something in March that nobody wants.
Meanwhile the Mets, who would be crazy to let Santana play (and I don't think they will). The Mets will be heading into the spring with Reyes, Wright, Beltran, Delgado, K-Rod and maybe Santana all not in camp.....or as I like to call that list "the whole team."
Spring is a time for team building. Camaraderie. Get to know each other. Try out some lineup combinations. Feel like a unit.
Why jeopardize your season so Team Italy can win a made up tournament? Good job out of the Angels.