Purgatory Online

Saturday, April 10, 2004

Yesterday's disastrous Ortiz/Sele implosion put me - and every other Angels fan, I'm sure - in a contract-eatin' frame of mind. I doubt Arte Moreno feels the same way, but it does raise the slightly more cheery prospect of getting out from under those two contracts at the end of the year. Add to that the fact that the Halos won't be paying Kevin Appier anymore either, and we get a total of $22.92 million chopped off the books going into 2005.

Of course, there's also the matter of Garret Anderson's contract extension to be taken into consideration. Moreno continues to say that getting The Tustin Rhino back is a priority, and my best guess is that we'll be looking at a contract in the $12-$13 million range there. Beyond that, Troy Glaus, David Eckstein, Bengie Molina, Troy Percival, and Jarrod Washburn will all require stick-or-bail decisions. But it's going to feel so damn good to know the Angels aren't writing checks anymore to that particular troika of pitchers.