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Angels' Moreno Meets With Tustin, Calif., Officials To Discuss Possible New Ballpark
Published February 17, 2014
HE SAID, HE SAID: Moreno: "I’m really frustrated. ... Somewhere along the line, we’re going to have to make a decision." Tait: "The existing lease that we’re operating under offers the Angels an incredibly good deal. They play in one of the best venues in baseball and I don’t know where they could get a better deal" (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 2/15). Moreno: "In September, we thought we had a good outline for a deal … but the reality is, we have not been able to get it done. Somewhere along the line, there has to be a partnership." Tait objected to the team's new proposal "and has been rallying opposition to it because he thinks the city should at least split profits from any parking-lot development." Moreno: "We don’t know how long it’s going to take for that land to be profitable. We have the fourth-oldest stadium in baseball. It still has the original plumbing, electrical, concrete." Moreno was asked if he had a deadline to walk away from negotiations with the city and responded, "I have one in my mind. Put it this way. We’re way past the time this should have happened." Moreno also talked about the perception that the Angels are "unwilling to move their luxury-tax payroll" beyond the $189M threshold. Moreno: "The reality is we have an operating budget below the threshold, we made money last year, and we’re not interested in being in the red financially." The team's luxury-tax payroll "currently stands" at around $173M (L.A. TIMES, 2/15).
ANGELS PLAYING DIRTY? In California, T.J. Simers wrote under the header, "Moreno Using Fear To Get His Way." Simers: "I appreciate the Angels wanting to provide 'certainty for our fans,' but I think everyone is already certain they are dealing with a bully" when it comes to Moreno. However, four of the five Anaheim Council members "are up for election [in '14], including the Mayor, and I fear they will be working harder to please Angels fans than [LF] Josh Hamilton" (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 2/16).