Here are some thoughts on the Juan Rivera signing:
1. We have four starting outfielders now—Vlad, Juan, HGH, and Torii, so the DH/Outfield rotation is in full effect. Reggie will be on the bench I’d imagine.
(Side note: as much as we’d probably like HGH to be out longer, the estimates have him back in 4-6 months, since he had the surgery Nov. 4th, he should be back at the LATEST in May)
2. We effectively have said goodbye to Garret Anderson for sure now. No way do the Angels re-sign him now. While I’ve been critical in the past (mostly of his defense), I have a lot of love for GA. Thanks for the memories…
3. Kendry Morales will NOT be playing outfield anytime soon. So if the Angels resign Tex, he’d be at AAA or on the bench.
4. I hope this doesn’t mean Vlad is in his last year in an Angel uniform. He needs an extension and he needs to retire in Angel red. If the extension happens, look for Vlad to be the first Angel cap in the HOF. If it doesn’t happen, look for me to cry a lot.
So this begs the question of WHY NOW? We still have HGH tied up for 3 years, Torii for 4, and now Juan for 3. I hate to say it, but it looks like Vlad might be getting squeezed out. I really hope that is not the case, because I would rather have Vlad than Tex.
I think we should have at least waited for Tex to sign before inking this deal with Juan. I would have rather seen Kendry playing some outfield than Juan. If we sign Tex, that outfield picture is going to get VERY crowded. But maybe this is a prelude for trading someone…but I think it could only be HGH or Reggie, and who wants them now?