Angels GM Gets Snookered at Walt Disney World

Over the weekend, Comcast New England sports writer Sean McAdam broke down the behind-the-scenes maneuvering that allowed the Boston Red Sox to steal away Tampa Bay free agent outfielder Carl Crawford from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. We must say, this deal now reeks at a whole new level.

According to McAdam, Angels GM Tony Reagins (pictured with team owner Arte Moreno) thought he was all set after getting Moreno to up the team’s original $108 million offer to a Red Sox-matching total of $142 million by adding an extra year and raising Crawford’s annual salary terms. Then this happened:

Minutes later, Crawford’s agents went to deliver the bad news to Reagins, who was irate. When Reagins reminded the agents, “You told me $142 million [would get it done]!” the agents responded: “We said that’s what it would take; we didn’t say we’d [guarantee] a deal.”

Adding insult to injurious contract negotiations, the whole thing went down at Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort, part of the sister theme park to the hallowed Anaheim original. Reagins now knows that if it walks like a duck and sounds like a duck, it can still turn out to be nothing more than a Daffy Duck.