The Angels have spent the last week or so pitching a mammoth contract offer to Mark Teixeira and it seems too big for Tex to refuse it. I'm not sure the Angels are thinking the same way, because Mike Scioscia was on the radio today and the buttoned-down Scioscia, who loves small-ball so much that he bunted himself out of the playoffs last year, responded rather affirmatively when asked if he'd like Manny Ramirez to play for him if a contract could be reached:
"Absolutely," Scioscia responded. "Talent like Manny's is real. He's a winner. Whether it happens or not remains to be seen. But we would not rule him out. We have discussions obviously on character and makeup. We would not rule Manny out.
"When he's motivated - and he showed that in the last part of the season - this guy is one of the best talents in the game."
Are the Angels bracing themselves for losing out on the Teixeira sweepstakes? Maybe, maybe not. But it is important to remember that in the off-season, signings topple like dominoes. A week ago, people were proclaiming that no one wanted Manny Ramirez and he was pouting about retirement. A week from now, his phone could be ringing off the hook if Teixeira signs before then. That's how these things work.