Angels Owner Basically Says He Isn’t Trying To Win

Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels gets a bump from Arte Moreno before being given the Angels Most Valuable player award before playing the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 25, 2021 in Anaheim, California.
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On Friday, it was revealed that four MLB owners strongly opposed the competitive balance tax (CBT) going up to $220 million in the league’s latest offer before the deadline to play the full season.

Los Angeles Angels owner Arte Moreno, Arizona Diamondbacks’ Ken Kendrick, Cincinnati Reds’ Bob Castellini, and Tigers’ Chris Ilitch were the ones who didn’t want the CBT threshold to increase to that number.

Regarding the Angels’ situation, reporter Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic talked to Moreno in the past.

“Have asked Arte Moreno directly about the CBT in the past — he’s an owner who has dished out big contracts in the past, yet in recent seasons haven’t pushed to the CBT level to win around those big stars. But he’s never addressed CBT directly, even when asked,” he wrote.

Moreno did sign Albert Pujols, Anthony Rendon, and Mike Trout to mammoth contracts in recent years, and made an attempt for Gerrit Cole before securing Rendon.

But the fact he is adamantly opposed to the CBT threshold going up to $220 million doesn’t speak very well about his commitment to win and negotiate with players.

Players Likely Won’t Settle For $220 Million Anyway

And if the four owners are so reluctant to increase the threshold to $220 million, wait until they find out that players likely won’t commit to anything lower than $230 million.

Everybody who has followed the negotiations closely knew that the CBT was going to cause some trouble.

Fans now have the names of the owners who will likely be the reason a deal won’t take place soon.

Two series have already been cancelled by Commissioner Rob Manfred because of the lockout and the absence of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA).

Fans are hoping the owners’ stubbornness doesn’t cost them more games.

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