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Frankie, Teix and Garland Decline Arbitration

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Francisco Rodriguez, Mark Teixiera and Jon Garland declined arbitration, handing the Angels a possible FIVE extra draft picks in the June 2009 draft.

Bankrupt LA-Tribune Times report

In the 2007 draft, the Angels didn't pick until the 58th pick and were then shut out until the 118th pick - the latter (Matt Harvey) didn't sign with us and the former (John Bachanov) needed Tommy John surgery. - so even barring our signing of a free agent or two, or of re-signing Teix (or Frankie in an unlikely scenario), the team will likely be making a selection in the first round for the first time since picking Hank Conger in 2006. The talent infusion to the farm may finally be on the way!