Angels assess position on trade market

Angels assess position on trade market

ANAHEIM -- If the Angels are about to make any more big moves before Saturday's 1 p.m. PT non-waiver Trade Deadline, they will be as unexpected as the two they made on the recent road trip, acquiring Alberto Callaspo from the Royals and Dan Haren from the D-backs in exchange for six players, including starters Joe Saunders and Sean O'Sullivan.

"If there's an opportunity to make us better," manager Mike Scioscia said, "of course we'll consider it."

General manager Tony Reagins maintained that the club is not in the selling mode.

"We will continue to look at guys who could help us," Reagins said. "We're still looking forward, trying to improve. If that means acquiring a player, so be it."

The Rangers, leading the American League West by 8 1/2 games over the Athletics and nine games over the Angels, added two more pieces in infielders Jorge Cantu and Cristian Guzman with the Deadline approaching, fortifying a club that already had been enhanced by the arrivals of ace Cliff Lee and veteran catcher Bengie Molina.

If the Angels alter their course and elect to sell off veteran merchandise for young talent and payroll flexibility this winter, they'd have no trouble finding buyers for the likes of closer Brian Fuentes, outfielder Bobby Abreu and infielder Maicer Izturis, with designated hitter Hideki Matsui and outfielder Juan Rivera also possibilities.