Not great overnight news for Seattle Mariners fans, what with the emergence of the Angels as one of Toronto’s prime suitors for ace Roy Halladay.
And with Mike Lowell apparently all but traded from Boston to Texas (along with $8 million), it appears the Red Sox are situated to sign third baseman Adrian Beltre – though that could change if Scott Boras continues to ask for the moon, stars and $65 million over five years.
The Toronto Sun has reported the Angels offer for Halladay includes pitcher Joe Saunders, shortstop Erick Aybar and minor-league center fielder Peter Bourjos. The other club to emerge laid in this process is Philadelphia, which Foxsports.net speculated has offered J.A. Happ and one of two outfielders, Domonic Brown or Michael Taylor
The Angels interest in Halladay may be in part to pressure free agent John Lackey to make a decision – return to Los Angeles or move along. Should Lackey take whatever deal the Angels have offered him, Halladay would cease to be as great a need.
So, to sum it up: The Angels are pushing to land either Halladay or Lackey, and Boston has emerged as the leader and only other serious contender in Seattle’s race to re-sign Beltre.
Oh, and the Boston Herald, which has the Red Sox, Angels and Mariners in the Jason Bay derby, said the first team to offer the outfielder a five-year contract wins.
The Mariners did sign infielder Josh Wilson to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. And, in the Rule 5 draft, selected right-handed pitcher Kanekoa Texeira from the New York Yankees AA roster.
Texeira, 23, appeared in 41 games last year and was 9-6 with a 2.84 ERA in 101 innings, with two saves. At the end of the season he made six starts, 1-2 with a 2.91 ERA.
In return, the Mariners sent the Yankees $50,000 and must keep Texeira on their 25-man roster throughout the season or offer him back to New York.
In the AAA phase of the draft, the Mariners picked right-handed pitcher Terrence Engles ffrom the Washington Nationals - then lost infielder Marshall Hubbard.
Engles, 24, went 8-5 with a 3.33 ERA in 100 innings.