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LA Angels: 4 giant whiffs from Arte Moreno before MLB lockout

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Sep 20, 2021; St. Petersburg, Florida, USA;  Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Robbie Ray (38)
Sep 20, 2021; St. Petersburg, Florida, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Robbie Ray (38) / Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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Oct 11, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31)
Oct 11, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) / Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

No. 1 giant whiff from Arte Moreno before MLB lockout: Max Scherzer

Arte Moreno and the LA Angels had been eyeing Max Scherzer since the trade deadline. It wasn't even just the front office, too. Even Mike Trout was in on recruiting Scherzer to Anaheim.

And Scherzer was interested in us, too. He wanted to go to a west coast team at the deadline, and he really liked the Los Angeles area.

At the end of the day, the Mets offered him an insane $130 million over three years. That's over $43.3 million per year in average annual value, which is crazy.

The Angels weren't able to match that. As much as I bring up how Moreno has lots and lots of money and can spend at a high level, I can't knock him for not being able to get a deal done at that price. If he did, I doubt he re-signs Raisel Iglesias, who was important to bring back.

In a perfect world, we would have been able to negotiate with him and see him taking interest in coming across the freeway. Instead, he took interest in coming across the country.

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With all this being said, however, this offseason is still not over. The lockout will eventually be done with, and we'll be able to improve and make up for missed opportunities. There are still good free agents available, and we have plenty of money left to spend.

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