Taking Moreno at his word, his quote seemed fairly odd to me. What is the upside in publicly stating that Los Angeles has no interest in a player, any free agent really, this early in the game? As Tim Dierkes wrote at MLB Trade Rumors last week, it does not cost any money for a team to express interest, real or not, and I do not see any downside in simply giving a typical non-response to that question. Moreno should have just said something like: “yes, we are exploring all options to improve our club for 2010.”
Morosi indicates that the Angels’ announcement was bad news for super agent Scott Boras, writing that the market for Holliday will be weaker now with one of the seemingly logical destinations for his client out of the running. Which is exactly why I am puzzled that Moreno would be so open about this issue. Instead of disclosing his intentions, the club could express a feign interest and perhaps–obviously, what one team says on the eve of the free agency period means little–hurting the market for Holliday and potentially enabling another organization, the competition, to have Holliday for cheaper.
And if Moreno is in fact sending a message to Boras, then that is childish. Whether or not he hates the agent or not, the bottom line is that the Boras Corporation represents a number of talented players who could help the Angels. And if a Boras client can help Los Angeles win baseball games, then letting any personal feeling towards the agent get in the way of going after them would be bad business.
Moreno, it is worth pointing out, did say that he could see the Angels making a serious run at Jason Bay. As I wrote in detail here, however, Holliday is the more complete player. For a team that wasted so much money on Gary Matthews Jr. and then went after the overrated Torii Hunter, choosing to not pursue someone as talented as Holliday is curious to say the least.