Angels meet with Scott Boras
The Los Angeles Angels aren't letting any hard feelings get in the way of doing business.
Agent Scott Boras, who angered owner Arte Moreno when the Mark Teixeira talks fell apart two years ago, said he has had more than one meeting with the Angels this winter. Boras represents many of the top free agents on the market, including third baseman Adrian Beltre, reliever Rafael Soriano and outfielder Jayson Werth.
Boras said he has had face-to-face talks with general manager Tony Reagins and other club officials other than Moreno.
"I've heard from them a number of times this winter," Boras said. "We had dinner together."
"I think it's the type of relationship you would have with any agent, whether it's Scott or anyone else," Reagins said. "He pinned it right."
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Soriano appears to be the Angels' top target among the Boras clients. They're looking for a reliable closer so they can use Fernando Rodney, Kevin Jepsen and Jordan Walden as a trio of hard-throwing setup men. Rodney struggled in the ninth inning after the Angels traded closer Brian Fuentes.
Beltre is another possibility, but he is believed to prefer playing on the East Coast, where he put up prolific numbers for the Boston Red Sox last year.
The Angels' primary target this winter continues to be outfielder Carl Crawford, represented by Brian Peters of Legacy Sports, but indications are they could expand their payroll sufficiently to add Soriano as well. According to the St. Petersburg Times, Legacy Sports sent interested teams iPads preloaded with a video touting Crawford's talents.
Mark Saxon is a regular contributor to ESPNLosAngeles.com.