January 24th will be here before you know it, and either Tanaka dealings are being done very quietly or teams are waiting to make last minute rushes. "West Coast" teams are constantly linked to Tanaka...and in Brett's rundown today the question of the LA Angels of Anaheim, California(sorry, I prefer when they were the California Angels) arises. The question being...are the Angels willing to bust through the luxury tax threshold to pursue Tanaka? Consider this:
2016 Angels Payroll
Josh Hamilton 32.4M, Albert Pujols 25M, CJ Wilson 20.5 M, Jared Weaver 20.2M, Erick Aybar 8.75 M, Joe Smith 5.25M
that would be 112.1M for those 6 players...in 2016!...If we assume the Angels want to keep Mike Trout, and field competant MLB players at just a few of the open slots they will have remaining..they are gonna go beyond that luxury tax number like Charlie, Grandpa Joe and Willie Wonka smashing through that glass ceiling in that flying elevator thingy.
So it comes down to this. Does Artie Moreno(the Angels owner the last time I checked, which was earlier in the day) care if they are a bit over the tax threshold, or does he want to ascend into Dodgerland($230-250M)?
That decision, will make the Angels a very dangerous Tanaka pursuer, or have them sitting on the sidelines.