Backed by the cash of owner Arte Moreno and the enticing ability of GM Jerry Dipoto, the Los Angeles Angels will certainly give it their best monetary shot towards landing coveted free-agent pitcher Zack Greinke this winter.
Unfortunately, so will a handful of other teams—even some that have not admitted to their offseason wish. Yet.
Unlike years past, when the ink and rumors usually began rolling about sometime in November, the new MLB labor agreement has this year's crop of name-theit-price players already on the minds—and possibly expense reports—of general managers across both leagues.
The front office's aggressiveness entering the general managers' meetings (held in Indian Wells, CA) has already been noticed by player agents. In an article by USA Today sportswriter Bob Nightengale, agent Gene Mateo said this:
I've been in this business for 21 years, and I've never seen anything like it. This is moving really, really fast. I mean, it's gotten to a point where I'm trying to slow the process down.
So, does that sort of fast-paced bargaining and (possible) spending by other suitors hurt the Angels' chances of landing Zack Greinke? Sure it does.
After all, understanding that all teams involved in the sweepstakes will offer the $20 to $25 million per year needed to get Greinke, the outside factor is always unknown, Perhaps Greinke has an itch for Hollywood life or a taste for a state's self-titled toast.
However, it won't be the end of the world or the 2013 season for the Angels if Greinke doesn't sign. In fact, it would free up serious money for other needs, opening greater possibilities to craft more of a team effort. I know, scary words these days.
Let's take a look at what the Angels should do next, assuming that Zack Greinke doesn't want to be...well, in Anaheim any more.