07/30/06 8:55 PM ET
Notes: Trade front remains quiet
Despite slew of rumors, Stoneman holding firm, for now
By Mike Scarr / MLB.com
The hottest topic surrounding the Angels continued to be Orioles shortstop Miguel Tejada, but Baltimore has cooled to the offer of right-handed starter Ervin Santana and Minor League shortstop Erick Aybar and is insisting on either Howie Kendrick or Brandon Wood, according to industry sources.
But the Angels, who lost out on Ben Broussard, Shea Hillenbrand and Carlos Lee despite making trade offers, are still active in the market. Teams have until 1 p.m. PT Monday to trade a player without going through the waiver process.
"We continue to have conversations," Angels general manager Bill Stoneman said. "We've had substantive offers back and forth but really nothing's moved forward. We've had a few new ones that popped up at the last minute, different ideas. But at this point, we just don't have a deal to report."
The deal for Tejada also hit snag when the four-time All-Star told reporters that he would not be willing to play third if he were traded. Stoneman said the Angels have not considered moving their shortstop, Orlando Cabrera.
Although Tejada has three years remaining on his contract, another target of the Angels has been Alfonso Soriano, who will be a free agent at the end of the season. Stoneman said he will consider trading for a "two-month rental" and also said he remains optimistic.
"I don't think it's changed," Stoneman said. "I think there is a possibility to get something done that could help us. Hey, if we don't, we know we gave it a good run but I think there still is a chance something could happen."
Ailing: Bartolo Colon was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday because of triceps tendinitis, a move that is retroactive to July 27. Right-handed reliever Greg Jones was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake.
"At this point of the season, first and foremost, any starts become tough," manager Mike Scioscia said. "But we'd rather have him be close to whole instead of limping a bit because of inflammation. The medical staff is confident that when Aug. 11 comes up in New York that the inflammation will be out and give him a chance to pitch at a higher level for the rest of the season."
Colon, who spent two months on the DL earlier this season with inflammation in his right shoulder, pitched just one inning in his last start. The 2005 American League Cy Young Award winner allowed four runs on four hits before recording his first out in an eventual 15-6 win against the Devil Rays.
Jones adds an extra arm to the bullpen over the next two games, but the club will have a decision to make about Tuesday's starter. Salt Lake left-hander Joe Saunders, who started for Kelvim Escobar on July 18 and earned his first Major League victory, is the leading candidate to start Tuesday at home against the A's.
Jones is 4-5 with a 4.00 ERA and 13 saves in 37 appearances with the Bees this season.
Pins and needles: The deadline period can create some anxious moments for players, especially those whose names are repeatedly linked with trade rumors. The Angels have been actively involved in talks but Scioscia said the team has remained largely calm.
"There is a natural apprehension with some guys when their names filter out there, but I haven't seen too much effect on our team," Scioscia said.
Improved: Vladimir Guerrero was back in the lineup Sunday after leaving during the fifth inning of Saturday's game because of fatigue. Guerrero was still battling the lingering affects of an illness from Friday night and became winded, Scioscia said. He returned to right field for the series finale with the Red Sox.
On deck: The Angels will open a seven-game homestand, beginning Monday at 7:05 p.m. PT against the A's. Santana will face Oakland right-hander Dan Haren.
Mike Scarr is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.