Mark Saxon reports that the Angels have have met with Scott Boras about several of his clients and that Rafael Soriano may be on top of their wishlist…
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.
Keep in mind, the Angels are not the Rays friend right now. They are among the leading candidates to sign both Soriano and Carl Crawford. While moving both out of the division will be nice, it also hurts the Rays 2011 draft.
The Angels first-round pick is protected. If the Angels were to sign both Crawford and Soriano, the Rays would only receive the Angels second- and third-round picks (in addition to the MLB picks between the first- and second-round) as compensation.