The Hot Stove is heating and so far for the Angels they have been burned.
Lead off man and offensive catalyst Chone Figgins has signed a four year, $36 million dollar contract to join the Seattle Mariners. Figgins batting second behind Ichiro Suzuki will give the M's a formidable 1-2 punch at the top of the lineup. Seattle is also targeting John Lackey and Darren Oliver. They lost out on Curtis Granderson today as the Yankees made a blockbuster three-way with the Tigers and Diamondbacks to land the all-star centerfielder.
Tony Reagins may be willing to part with SS Erick Aybar in a deal for Roy Halladay. With Brandon Wood and Macier Izturis able to play the position it's possible Aybar could be part of a deal. However, Reagins told LA Times writer Mike DiGiovanna that Aybar is "still improving, still getting better, and there's a real good chance we'll see that as an Angel."
Despite Mike Scioscia telling Jeff Biggs, on "The Drive on AM830" this afternoon that Jason Bay was a "long-shot", more than a few reporters at the MLB Winter Meetings believe the Angels are pushing hard for the left fielder.
Tony Reagins has stated the Angels are considering a variety of hitters including Bay, Hideki Matsui and Vladimir Guerrero.
Be sure to check out Angelswin.com's feature "Angels A-Z" where we are profiling Angels past and present Monday through Friday on our Blog right here. Today we featured Sandy Alomar, Sr., tomorrow it's Garret Anderson as we work our way through the letter A, on our way to Z.
Also coming soon will be Dave Saltzer's interview with former Angels broadcaster Rex Hudler.