Agent not giving in to Angels on Beltre deal

December 19, 2010|By Phil Rogers, Tribune Newspapers

Scott Boras, often visible in his box behind home plate at Angel Stadium, remains in a stare-down with Angels general manager Tony Reagins over Adrian Beltre. There's no better fit for Beltre, but Boras is trying to get him the best deal possible. Texas has some interest, but it will disappear if the Rangers re-sign Vladimir Guerrero. … With Cliff Lee off the board, Carl Pavano is the most attractive free-agent starter available. He'll sign with the first team that offers him three years. … Rather than sign Pavano, several teams are trying to trade for a starter. The Indians' Fausto Carmona is in play, joining the Royals' Zack Greinke and Rays' Matt Garza.Magglio Ordonez's return to Detroit strengthens the Tigers and makes it a little tougher for the Twins to repeat. The big question with the Tigers is the back of their rotation, with Rick Porcello, Armando Galarraga and Phil Coke all entering 2011 with something to prove. … The Yankees still are looking for a No. 2 starter behind CC Sabathia and a right-handed setup man in front of Mariano Rivera. They'd love to have Rafael Soriano, but he wants saves, not holds. One possible destination for Soriano is Texas, with Neftali Feliz moving into the rotation, but the Rangers aren't sure Feliz has the secondary pitches to be a front-of-the-rotation starter. … The Yankees still expect Andy Pettitte to pitch in 2011, but he says he's undecided. … Lee had such a good time in his first stint with the Phillies because he got to hit. He's a .132 career hitter but jumped to .212 when he got to hit regularly. … One of the knocks on Jesse Crain, signed to a three-year deal by the White Sox, is that he tends to be a fly-ball pitcher, a bad thing at U.S. Cellular Field. He had a huge second half of 2010 for the Twins.

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