Wednesday, January 04, 2006

After You, My Dear Alfonso

What does a .277 batting average, two homers and 42 RBI get you? If you play for the Angels and your name is Edgardo Alfonso, up to $8 million a year. The Angels traded Steve Finley to acquire the 32-year-old infielder from the Giants. They need him to play third if '05 rookie Dallas McPherson fails to recover from hip surgery he underwent in August. McPherson is reported to be on track for spring, but there's no guarantee. Meanwhile, the Angles seem to be stymied on the trading block because they are loaded with youths such as Cuban defector Kendrie Morales and promising first baseman Casey Kotchman, both of whom may be ready for everyday roles.