The Angels have not given up their pursuit of free-agent third baseman Adrian Beltre, major league sources say.
However, the team thus far is unwilling to meet agent Scott Boras' price, as related by baseball executives — five years in the $85 million to $90 million range, or even a six-year deal with a comparable salary.
The Angels have offered Beltre a five-year contract in the $70 million range, one source said. They do not share Boras' opinion of Beltre's value, but they are not angry to the point they were two years ago, when they publicly withdrew from the negotiations for another Boras client, first baseman Mark Teixeira.
The Yankees ended up signing Teixeira to an eight-year, $180 million free-agent contract. Angels owner Arte Moreno recently was critical of the Red Sox's signing of free-agent outfielder Carl Crawford to a seven-year, $142 million deal.
Beltre will not be at that level, and the Angels' competition for the player is not clear. The Rangers are not active in the bidding, sources say. The Athletics reportedly made a five-year, $64 million bid early in the process.
— Ken Rosenthal