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Scot Shields and Gary Matthews Jr.

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Some gossip from the Boston Globe:

But one National League executive said that when his club asked about Shields, the response was that the Angels were keeping Shields and signing him to a long-term deal.

Still another executive said the Angels are more focused on signing a center fielder, Gary Mathews, for a reported $55 million over five years. The Angels, who have a greater need for a center fielder than a corner outfielder, also have coveted Toronto outfielder Vernon Wells, who is eligible for free agency after the 2007 season.

FIVE YEARS ! ! ! ! !
Ugh.

Next season will see Vernon Wells and Andruw Jones on the market - just jumpstart Willits and let's get there a different way...