Are Angels avoiding Holliday because of Boras?

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Last month Angels owner Arte Moreno revealed that the team would not be pursuing Matt Holliday and this afternoon general manager Tony Reagins confirmed those plans, telling Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports that their stance on Holliday remains “unchanged.”
On the other hand, Reagins made it equally clear that the Angels are definitely in the mix for for Jason Bay, saying: “He’s a guy we find appealing and we’ll see where it takes us.”
Aside from the Cardinals focusing strictly on re-signing Holliday, seemingly every other team linked to one of the two free agent left fielders has also been linked to the other. Which makes plenty of sense. If you have an outfield opening and want a big right-handed bat, Holliday and Bay are certainly similar targets.
Perhaps Moreno is sending a message to agent Scott Boras, who represents Holliday and reportedly upset the Angels with his handling of client Mark Teixeira last offseason. Do the Angels really have tons of interest in Bay and zero interest in Holliday, or do they just want to avoid having anything to do with Boras? If it’s the latter, they certainly wouldn’t be alone.

Jack Morris and Alan Trammell make the Hall of Fame on the Modern Era ballot

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The Modern Era ballot was revealed last month. The results have been announced on Sunday night. Jack Morris and Alan Trammell will be inducted into the Hall of Fame next summer.

Morris, now 62, pitched parts of 18 seasons in the majors, 14 of which were spent with the Tigers. He played on four championship teams: the 1984 Tigers, the 1991 Twins, and the 1992-93 Blue Jays. While his regular season stats weren’t terribly impressive beyond his 254 wins, Morris has always had a decent amount of Hall of Fame support due to his postseason performances. Morris shut the Braves out over 10 innings in Game 7 of the ’91 World Series. That being said, his postseason ERA of 3.80 isn’t far off his regular season ERA of 3.90. If you ask me, Morris doesn’t pass muster for the Hall of Fame. He now has the highest career ERA of any pitcher in the Hall.

Trammel, now 59, had been unjustly kept out of the Hall of Fame despite a terrific career. He hit .285/.352/.415 across parts of 20 seasons from 1977-96, all with the Tigers. He was regarded as a tremendous defender and made a memorable combination up the middle with Lou Whitaker, who also played with the Tigers from 1977-95. According to Baseball Reference, Trammell racked up 70.4 Wins Above Replacement during his career, which is slightly more than Hall of Famer Barry Larkin (70.2) and as much as Hall of Famer Ron Santo (70.4).

Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Don Mattingly, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, Ted Simmons, Luis Tiant, and Marvin Miller were not elected to the Hall of Fame. Miller continuing to be shut out is a travesty. Craig has written at length here about Miller’s exclusion.