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December 14, 2009 at 8:35 PM

Panic in Angels Central: Mariners and other deals could dramatically shift AL West balance of power

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No one is giving the Mariners anything yet as far as the AL West is concerned. Not when the Los Angeles Angels have won three division crowns in a row. But things are getting a little tense down in Anaheim after today’s developments.
Call it a triple-whammy.
Angels fans woke up this morning to news that John Lackey was about to agree to a deal with the Boston Red Sox.
And then, there was this afternoon’s blockbuster, with the Mariners now on the verge of adding Cliff Lee to their rotation. Felix Hernandez and Lee trumps anything the Angels still have. Never mind Ervin Santana, Jered Weaver or Scott Kazmir. Any one of that trio would be no better than a No. 3 starter in Seattle after today.
Oh yeah, did I mention that the Angels had also been trying to trade for Roy Halladay? Well, that’s out the window.
And there just aren’t too many front-line types left out there. In fact, I don’t see any. Do any of you?


This comes about a week after the Mariners outbid the Angels for Chone Figgins. The Angels also do not seem poised to get Adrian Beltre, who should be off to Boston soon.
Yeah, it’s been a tough day for Angels fans. How bad?
Well, this Orange County Register blog termed it the “Worst.Day.Ever.” By the way, I Can’t.Stand.People.Who.Overuse.This.Style.
Over at the Angelswin.com blog, they’re thinking of changing their name and also wondering whether today was the “Turning point” for the franchise. And not in a good way.
Have a glimpse at what’s going on at the Halos Heaven blog right now. There is plenty of teeth-gnashing over the Lee-Halladay double-whammy.
Not to mention this doozy of a post about Lackey. Check out some of the comments in both posts.
Yeah, the Hideki Matsui signing isn’t exactly setting off the geysers in the rock formation behind the outfield fence down there.

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