The Los Angeles Angels announced today that the organization has begun “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 received the news positively, as the Angels missed many of the elements that became necessary to be competitive in today’s game during his tenure.
Angels insider Sam Blum said that while Moreno and the Angels have recently recruited talent in the positional player department, other areas remain unchecked or weaknesses.
The Angels, under Moreno, have been willing to invest in free agents of big players.
But investing in other things like minor league development/player treatment/alumni relations/etc. are important too. These areas were missing.
—Sam Blum (@SamBlum3) August 23, 2022
Blum is spot on in the alumni relations department, as notable former Angels player Rod Carew was happy to hear that Moreno was looking to sell.
Well, that’s good news. I renewed hope that my relationship with the @Angels organization can be fully restored https://t.co/9m5f5WCe6m
— Rod Carew (@RodCarew_29) August 23, 2022
“Well, that’s good news. I renewed hope that my relationship with the @Angels the organization can be fully restored,” tweeted Hall of Famer Carew.
Carew can’t wait for Moreno to sell the Angels
Carew is not the only case: the Angels, under Moreno, have not treated their former students very well.
Now we have confirmation from a first-hand source.
And we’re talking about a baseball legend who hit .314/.393/.392 with a .784 OPS in seven years with the then California Angels.
If Moreno and his angels mistreated a true gaming legend, you have to think he wasn’t the only one.
Not only did Moreno lose faith in Carew a long time ago: fans have also turned their backs on him, seeing how the team has failed to compete in recent years.
The Angels haven’t made the playoffs since 2014, and that’s with Mike Trout on board.
Even the arrival of Shohei Ohtani in 2018 did not help change things.
Maybe a new owner can be all the angels need.