Angels general manager Tony Reagins joined Max Kellerman and Mark Willard on 710 ESPN on Wednesday and talked about what to expect before the July 31 trade deadline.
"You’re always looking to improve your club if you can and if the situation is right," Reagins said. "We’ve done that in the past and we’ll look to do it in the future, if a deal makes sense. What we’re seeing out on the marketplace right now is that real impact offensive player is really not out there. They’re some guys out there that are intriguing, but for us, that big offensive piece has just not materialized.”
A baseball source told ESPNLosAngeles.com’s Mark Saxon last month that owner Arte Moreno told Reagins not to spend any more of his money this year, but Reagins said Wednesday he has not “been limited in any way.”
“With respect to Arte … he’s spent enough money," Reagins said. "When you have a $140-million payroll, it should be enough to win. But I haven’t been limited in any way as far as being able to add at the trade deadline if we need to, but obviously the situation has to be right to do that.”
When asked about the Angels' interest in New York Mets right fielder Carlos Beltran, who could help the Angels improve their offensive consistency, Reagins said he would not comment on players under contract with other clubs. He did say the Angels are happy with the outfielders they have now.
“Peter Bourjos, Mike Trout, Vernon [Wells] and Torii [Hunter] on the corners and obviously Bobby Abreu going out there in spurts, we’re satisfied with the outfield situation as it stands.” he said.
Reagins said the Angels feel confident about their team, which sits five games behind the red-hot Texas Rangers in the NL West. The Angels were shut out Tuesday in the first of a three-game series with the Rangers, and play them 12 more times before the end of the season.
“We’ve shown we can play with the best teams in the league, we can beat the best pitching in the league. It’s just about us playing baseball and playing it the right way.”