Update: Matthews Jr. Gets Wings
Gary Matthews Jr., the Rangers’ free-agent centerfielder, as agreedto a 5 year $50 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels. The Dallas Morning News is reporting that Mattews’ agent, Scott Leventhal, confirmed the deal. Leventhal was quoted as saying "Gary has Los Angeles
roots and has respected the Angels, playing against them the last few
had long been rumored to be heading to LA, specifically due to those LA
ties, however, the San Francisco Giants made a late push for the
tallented centerfielder. The Rangers had also sought to retain
Matthews’ services, but found his asking price too expensive for their
budget. In the end, it would appear, the Angels were, as Leventhal put
it, the "natural fit"
Matthews will likely bat leadoff for the
Angels and will most certainly roam centerfield for the Angels.
Matthews his a career best .313 with 79 RBIs.
Update: The Angels team site is also now reporting the story and claiming that the deal includes a partial no-trade clause.
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