Los Angeles Angels Rumor Round Up

Eric DentonContributor IJune 8, 2010

ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 29:  Kendry Morales #8 of the Los Angeles Angels reacts to his injury on his way to home plate after his grand slam homerun to win the game 5-1 over the Seattle Mariners during the bottom of the ninth inning at Angel Stadium on May 29, 2010 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Since the lost of Kendry Morales rumors have swirled that the Halos are shopping for a first baseman. The Angels have said publicly that they will take a wait and see approach and there is much reason to believe this to be the truth and not just Tony Reagins posturing.

The main reason the Halos can find a solution in house has been the play of Mike Napoli. After having a torrid stretch in May where he hit .322 with 8 homers and an OPS of 1.098. Napoli went into a minor slump but picked it up again in Seattle where he was 6 for 10 over the weekend with 4 runs, 1 homer and 2 RBI. The other reason is the impending return of Jeff Mathis who has begun a rehab assignment at AAA Salt Lake City. At the time of his injury Mathis was batting .324 and had taken hold of the starting catchers job. With an opening at first base Mike Scioscia can play both men every day.

There have been conflicting reports out of Chicago. The Tribune has cited "excellent sources" saying that the Angels were in pursuit of Derrek Lee. The Cubs have denied they have made Lee available and there is no truth to the rumor. Lee has a full no-trade clause and told the Chicago Sun-Times he wants to stay with the Cubs.

ESPN's Buster Onley tweets that the South-Siders are open for business with first baseman Paul Konerko being available "right now". Konerko makes a lot of sense for the Angels. He has a relationship with Mike Scioscia from his minor league days with the Dodgers and stated in an interview last week he roots for the Angels when they aren't playing the White Sox. Konerko is having a big season with 17 homers and 44 RBI.

Prince Fielder is being shopped by the Milwaukee Brewers who has only one year remaining on his contract. FOX's Ken Rosenthal reports the Halos are not interested in Fielder for a variety of reasons. Fielder will cost a lot to acquire, they are unsure they could sign him if he is looking for Mark Teixeria money and they would like to keep their DH situation fluid. With Hideki Matsui under a one year contract and Bobby Abreu's defense continuing to decline the Angels may want to keep the DH spot open for Abreu. That said, as a team the Angels would become very powerful if they had Fielder and Morales at 1B/DH in 2011.

Jayson Stark concurs that the Angels will probably stand pat for a few weeks to see how Napoli and Mathis play out. The club has looked into free agent Carlos Delgado who is looking to start playing again around July. Stark believes the Angels will look for a versatile player who is an impending free agent.

Many sources confirm that the Halos have no interest in Mike Lowell of the Red Sox.

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