Thursday, February 09, 2006
Bengie's Mad At The Angels
"The way they let me go without a notice, without calling me, that said a lot," the catcher said Thursday, three days after agreeing to a $5 million, one-year contract with Toronto. "That's what really hurts me."It was kind of obvious that they weren't going to re-sign him, considering the kind of money he wanted, and especially considering the number of years. Thanks to commenter Joe for the heads up.
"I think I built a good relationship with them," he said. "They never let me know. They just threw me like a piece of trash."
Molina signed with the Angels when he was 17.
"I don't think I did one thing to disrespect them at all for all those years," Molina said. "If anything I went out of my way for them. I even helped them get Bartolo Colon on to that club. I gave him a call. I called a couple of guys for them. And now when I needed a call, they never called me."
That said, the Angels (specifically Stoneman) has a history of alienating players as he pushes them out the door. Troy Glaus, Jarrod Washburn and David Eckstein all told very similar stories. In all likelihood, we'll be reading similar quotes from Darin Erstad and Adam Kennedy this time next year.
I think that chips away at the reputation of the organization, and makes it a less appealing destination for future free-agents....not to mention a less appealing team to root for.
1) He was pissed off that the Angels did not offer arbitration. Kendall makes more than $10 million a season, Bengie would have won an arbitration case asking for $10.5 million in 2006. Would you offer arbitration to Bengie under those circumstances?
2) The Angels were not interested in a long-term deal. There was no room for "negotiation."
3) I have no idea how they informed Bengie, Eckstein, Glaus, etc. that the team is going in a different direction. If they never told their agents anything, and never returned a single phone call is one thing, to say upfront sorry no room is another.