No. 2 person who is acting like a Grinch towards the LA Angels: Arte Moreno
The LA Angels own owner, Arte Moreno, tends to act like a Grinch at this time of year.
He never spends as much as he can. We never are allowed to have fun in the offseason. His 2019 payroll was ninth in baseball, his 2020 payroll was 13th in baseball, and his 2021 payroll was seventh in baseball.
Sure enough, we're eighth in 2022 payroll right now.
Moreno is worth $3.6 billion, but he doesn't want to spend any more than the seventh-most in MLB, despite being in a market as massive as LA.
So far this offseason, Moreno has sat back and watched many other teams go out and take many starting pitchers that were seen as great fits for the Halos. He did sign Syndergaard, but his follow-up move was to sign an uninspiring Michael Lorenzen.
It's hard to blame all of this on GM Perry Minasian when we have seen a giant sample size of this team being cheap with Minasian not here, and with Moreno interfering with the budget with other GMs. Hopefully, Minasian will find a way to prevent Moreno from stealing Christmas again (if we're out of the lockout by then).
And that's another reason Minsian's been a Grinch. He's an owner, and MLB owners are more responsible than anyone for this lockout. Typical of Moreno, he is clearly being cheap when it comes to spending on baseball.