The Los Angeles Angels announced today that the organization has started “a formal process to evaluate strategic alternatives including a possible sale of the team.”
In other words, owner Arte Moreno is strongly considering selling the team he bought in 2003.
Generally speaking, the baseball universe has received the news positively, as the Angels have lacked many elements that have become necessary to be competitive in today’s game during his tenure.
Angels insider Sam Blum said that while Moreno and the Angels recently brought in some talent in the position player department, other areas remained unattended or weaknesses.
The Angels, under Moreno, have been willing to invest in big name position player free agents.
But investment in other things, like minor league development/player treatment/alumni relations/etc. are important too. Those areas were lacking.
— Sam Blum (@SamBlum3) August 23, 2022
Blum is spot on in the alumni relations department, because a notable Angels former player, Rod Carew, was happy to hear Moreno is looking to sell.
— Rod Carew (@RodCarew_29) August 23, 2022
“Well, this is happy news. I have renewed hope that my relationship with the @Angels organization can be fully restored,” Carew, a Hall of Famer, tweeted.
Carew Is Eager For Moreno To Sell The Angels
Carew is not the only case: the Angels, under Moreno, haven’t treated their alumni all that well.
Now, we have confirmation from a first-hand source.
And we are talking about a baseball legend that hit .314/.393/.392 with a .784 OPS in seven years with the then-California Angels.
If Moreno and his Angels mistreated a true legend of the game, one has to think he wasn’t the only one.
Not only did Moreno lose Carew’s faith a long time ago: fans turned their backs on him, too, seeing how the team has failed to compete in recent years.
The Angels haven’t gone to the postseason since 2014, and that’s with Mike Trout on board.
Not even Shohei Ohtani’s arrival in 2018 helped change things.
Perhaps a new owner can be all the Angels need.