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ANGELS STRATEGIZE ABOUT DEALING OUTFIELDER.



Byline: Joe Haakenson Staff Writer

Baseball's winter meetings began quietly for the Angels, but they promise to get more interesting soon.

Angels general manager Bill Stoneman
    William Hambly Stoneman III (born April 7, 1944, in Oak Park, Illinois) is a consultant for the Los Angeles Angels of Major League Baseball. From 1999 to October 15, 2007, he served as the general manager of the Angels.
     wasn't much for small talk, instead checking into his hotel room at about 3 p.m., then meeting with his scouting staff.

    Stoneman said it is ``very important'' the Angels make a deal during these meetings, which end Tuesday. And it's no secret what he wants and what he'll give up.

    Stoneman plans to trade one of his four outfielders - Jim Edmonds James Patrick "Jim" Edmonds (born June 27, 1970 in Fullerton, California) is a left-handed batter who plays for the St. Louis Cardinals. Edmonds is affectionately known as Jimmy Baseball [1], "Lassie" and as "Hollywood"[2] among Cardinals fans. , Garret Anderson Garret Joseph Anderson (born June 30, 1972 in Los Angeles, California) is a Major League Baseball left fielder who has played his entire career for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. , Darin Erstad Darin Charles Erstad (born June 4, 1974 in Jamestown, North Dakota) is a first baseman/center fielder in Major League Baseball currently with the Chicago White Sox. Prior to 2007, he had played his entire career with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim franchise (1996-2006).  or Tim Salmon
      Timothy James "Tim" Salmon (born August 24, 1968 in Long Beach, California) is a former Major League Baseball right fielder/designated hitter who played his entire career with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim franchise.
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      baseball, baseball game - a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players; teams take turns at bat trying to score runs; "he played baseball in high school";
      .

      ``Our situation is that we have four legitimate starting outfielders,'' Stoneman said. ``Our position is that any of the four could start in any outfield in baseball.''

      But while Stoneman has said no Angel is untouchable untouchable

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      , he hinted that Salmon and Erstad won't be going anywhere.

      ``We're pretty much a left-handed hitting ballclub,'' Stoneman said. ``That in itself makes it tougher to deal Tim Salmon. But it doesn't mean we won't listen to offers.''

      Erstad isn't likely to go because he's he's young (25), relatively inexpensive ($2.5 million for 2000) and talented.

      ``Those young guys that are good players are very valuable,'' Stoneman said, including third baseman third baseman
      n. Baseball
      The infielder stationed near third base.

      Noun 1. third baseman - (baseball) the person who plays third base
      third sacker
       Troy Glaus Troy Edward Glaus (born August 3, 1976 in Tarzana, California) is a Major League Baseball player who plays third base for the Toronto Blue Jays. Previously, Glaus played with the Anaheim Angels (1998-2004) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (2005).  in that group.

      That leaves Edmonds and Anderson, both of whom are free agents after the 2000 season. They have heard the rumors in past years.

      Edmonds has said he'd like to stay but realizes his time may have come.

      ``He is open minded about it,'' Edmonds' agent Paul Cohen Paul Cohen can refer to:
      • Paul Cohen (mathematician) (1934-2007), American (middle initial J)
      • Paul Cohen (saxophonist) (born c. 1950), American saxophonist and music teacher, frequently performing with orchestras and as a soloist.
       said. ``He's certainly not ruling out remaining an Angel, but he's more open minded to the possibility of what might happen.''

      The teams showing the most interest in Edmonds are the Rockies, Cubs, Mets and Devil Rays. Those teams also might have an interest in Anderson. Stoneman acknowledged there are two ways he could go about working out a deal.

      ``One way is to hold an auction - listen to all the offers and pick the best one,'' he said. ``But if you have an opportunity to do something and you like it, do it. Because those things can go away, too. That offer may not be there tomorrow.''

      While there have been rumors that even a Mo Vaughn could be traded, despite having five years and about $65 million left on his contract, Stoneman said don't expect it.

      ``I said I'd listen to anything, but I'd be surprised if anybody asked,'' he said.

      Former Angels general manager Bill Bavasi attended the meetings and expects to remain here all week. He's still officially a Disney employee, but is working on other baseball related activities as well.

      Asked what he's been up to lately, Bavasi said: ``Nothing . . . I built my son a skateboard ramp.''

      Bavasi has watched Stoneman tear down and rebuild what was his player development staff, scouting department and major league coaching staff, but wouldn't criticize him.

      ``They've got to put together a unit they're comfortable with,'' Bavasi said.

      Notes: The Angels named Darrell Miller as director of player development. Miller, 41, has been with the Angels for 21 years as a player, community relations director and scouting supervisor. . . . The Mariners are said to have taken the lead in the Chuck Finley sweepstakes. Still in the race for the former Angels pitcher are the Indians, Red Sox, Mets and Diamondbacks.
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      Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
      Date:Dec 11, 1999
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