The Los Angeles Angels exited the Winter Meetings today. However, before the meetings ended, they did something weird.
The Los Angeles Angels are all finished with their Winter Meetings. It was rather uneventful, the Angels didn’t acquire the everyday second baseman, nor the starting pitcher they were looking for.
It’s not a bad thing that the Angels failed to strike a deal with any team. They checked on Justin Turner, they were linked to Chase Utley. They talked with San Diego about their abundance of infielders. They were also rumored to have inquired about Coco Crisp. However, that all appears to be here say at this point.
Still, the Angels being quiet during the Winter Meetings was a good thing. There wasn’t any head scratching moves. That, of course, was the case until this morning. Jeff Fletcher who covers the Angels for the Orange County Register, sent out a tweet about the Angels selecting Justin Haley from the Boston Red Sox.
This, of course, was during the Rule 5 Draft, the Angels selected a few players. However, none jumped off the page the way Justin Haley did.
Following this selection, there was some excitement among those that cover the Angels. Pedro Moura couldn’t contain his excitement that the Angels selected Justin Haley.
Now, following this is when things get weird. The Angels appeared to have traded Justin Haley to the Twins in exchange for cash. Following that report, the Twins traded their number one pick Miguel Diaz, but the trade wasn’t to the Angels. It was a cash deal for the Angels.
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As the scrambling continued, San Diego became involved in this deal. The Angels traded Haley to San Diego for cash. Then San Diego traded Haley to the Twins for Diaz. Meanwhile, the Angels made some money.
Finally, the Angels tweeted out the actual deal, which didn’t involve the Twins or Diaz at all.
So, either one of two things is going to go down. Either the Angels are going to get their left-handed hitter for second base, or they’ll get some money to acquire one at a later date.
There’s still a long way to go before the Angels are contending in the AL West. They’ll likely be wheeling and dealing all the way to Spring Training.