Angels will add payroll for right deal

Angels will add payroll for right deal

Angels will add payroll for right deal
ANAHEIM -- Angels general manager Tony Reagins said in a radio interview Friday he's able to add payroll to this year's club.

Reagins, who told Jim Bowden on SiriusXM's "Inside Pitch" there was no truth to reports that ownership told him otherwise, said the team will be looking to make a move to improve its offense before the July 31 Trade Deadline.

He added that no players on the roster were "untouchable," explaining that "you have to evaluate each deal as it comes."

"We're looking to improve this ballclub," Reagins said. "We'll have the opportunity to add if we need to add. If the situation is right, we're going to be aggressive in pursuing it. That's been our M.O. since we've been here and will continue to be. If we see opportunities that will make us better, we're definitely going to jump right in there."

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Considering the Angels' recent surge -- they've won 11 of their last 15 games and six of their last seven -- maybe it shouldn't be come as a big surprise that they plan on being buyers at this year's deadline.

There's been speculation that the Chicago Cubs will shop first baseman Carlos Pena, who might be a nice fit for the Halos. The 33-year-old has hit 17 home runs this season and would instantly add power to a lineup still wounded from the loss of Kendrys Morales. But after surveying the team's current look, slotting Pena to provide Los Angeles with a power upgrade might be counter-productive.

Rookie first baseman Mark Trumbo leads the team in homers (13), so the arrival of Pena would likely requiring a juggling act at that position. Moving either of the two to designated hitter would be unlikely, as veteran Bobby Abreu has filled the role reliably virtually every day since Vernon Wells returned from injury. Trumbo has played right field in small spurts, but nine-time Gold Glover Torii Hunter isn't leaving the outfield anytime soon. Move Hunter back to his previous spot in center, and rising star Peter Bourjos -- an equally adept defender -- is out of a spot.

Fortunately for the Angels, the front office has the entire month to find the appropriate piece to fit the puzzle.