Are Angels avoiding Holliday because of Boras?

Leave a comment

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.

Video: J.D. Martinez hits league-tying 23rd home run

Seattle Mariners v Boston Red Sox
Getty Images
Leave a comment

The Red Sox and Mariners left nothing on the table Friday night, going head-to-head in a series opener that eventually ended 14-10 in the Sox’ favor. Led by Steven Wright and Wade LeBlanc — neither of whom made it past the fifth inning — the teams combined for 34 hits and four home runs, including two moonshots from Seattle’s Nelson Cruz and a five-run rally that gave Boston the edge in the seventh.

In the sixth inning, however, the Red Sox were still scrambling to make up a four-run deficit. Left fielder J.D. Martinez cut it in half with one swing, pouncing on an 89.5-mph fastball from Seattle right-hander Nick Vincent and posting it to dead center field for a two-run shot.

The 427-foot blast was Martinez’s 23rd of the season, tying Mike Trout for the most home runs in the league this year. While he still has a ways to go before eclipsing the career-best 45-HR mark he set in 2017, he’s off to a strong start this season: Entering Friday’s game, the 30-year-old slugger was batting .315/.386/.623 with a 1.009 OPS and AL-leading 55 RBI in 308 PA. He finished Friday’s game 4-for-5 with five RBI, just one triple shy of hitting for the cycle.

Heading into the All-Star Break, both Martinez and Trout still have some competition for the home run title. Jose Ramirez is sitting at 22 homers, while Nelson Cruz and Khris Davis are tied at 20 apiece.