Dear Mr. Moreno and Mr. Reagins,
While it hurts to sit here and watch Chone Figgins, John Lackey, and now Darren Oliver sign contracts with other teams, I know that you two men have a reason for this. Our infield is over-crowded, so hey, Figgins leaving isn't the worst thing. Our pitching staff is more then outstanding, and Lackey is exactly Mr. Automatic, so maybe him leaving isn't bad either. Oliver could have had his last good year, so hopefully he doesn't have too much in the tank. While this is the thinking for some Angels fans, I cannot sit here and wonder why in God's name we let two division rivals and one of our deepest rivals pick up players that have made us successful in the past. Why have we sat here and watched the Mariners make great move, after great move(the Bradley trade could go either way, but Silva's contract is gone)? Why have we watched as the Rangers attempt to revive their team that was neck and neck with us for most of the season? Why have we witnessed the Red Sox and Yankees, again, pick up every commodity on the free agency market? We added Los Angeles to our name for a reason. LA is a marketable place, not just for consumers and fans, but for players as well. This is a team that players WANT to come play for. This is an area players WANT to settle with their family in. This isn't the day and age where cheap investments pay off 100% of the time. It is time to write some big checks and bring in players that will guarantee us die-hard fans another championship. The time is now for change. If we can take in one thing from the Yankees, it's that money wins championships. This isn't to say we should kill our whole minor league system in order to achieve victories in the present, but we should at least not have to settle for players like Steve Finley. Let's win in the next decade.
Happy Holidays and Best Wishes,
Rusty--Angels fan since 1993(4 years old) when I saw my first baseball game ever