Anaheim looking to reshape team

The Angels targeted starting pitching this offseason after a year in which their starters did little to impress.

Updated: December 9, 2003, 10:56 AM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
The sound you just heard is the tightening of the American League West. Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times is reporting that the Angels will announce today they have signed Bartolo Colon to a four-year $48 million contract. This would make for the second-largest payout in team history, bettered only by they deal they gave Mo Vaughn prior to the 1999 season.

The Angels targeted starting pitching this offseason after a year in which their starters did little to impress. In terms of ERA, they bested only bottom-feeders Detroit, Texas and Tampa Bay. By contrast, the Angels bullpen had the best ERA in the league. Kelvim Escobar was added earlier from Toronto while Jarrod Washburn is the main trade bait rumored to be exchanged for Nomar Garciaparra. Washburn would not mind staying and even volunteered to take a hometown discount in exchange for a long-term contract (expect a terse letter from the union, Jarrod). Covering his bets, though, he told Shaikin, "I think Boston would be a great place to play. I love Fenway."

Troy Glaus
The Angles might be ready to deal Troy Glaus.
Another name mentioned in the Nomar trade talk is Troy Glaus. By all rights, Glaus should be heading into one of his better seasons in 2004, but some serious power slippage in 2002 and an injury-plagued 2003 have him looking back at greatness rather than forward to it. Which isn't to say he won't return to the quality he showed in 2000 and 2001. He's just 27, an age when most players do some of their best work.

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Jim Baker is an author at Baseball Prospectus and a frequent contributor to Page 2. You can e-mail Jim at bottlebat@gmail.com.

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