October 28, 2009
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim had themselves a pretty good year, unless you count the dismal ALCS. But now the team has a slew of free agents it needs to figure out how to re-sign. According to the Los Angeles Times, it appears that a bunch of them - Chone Figgins(notes), Vladimir Guerrero(notes), Bobby Abreu(notes), and John Lackey(notes) - all want to come back. But one guy who doesn't want to be in Anaheim anymore but is under contract is Gary Matthews, Jr.
Unfortunately for Matthews, he signed a five-year, $50-million contract in 2007. He was inured in the second half of that year and the team then brought in Torii Hunter(notes) in the off-season to a five-year, $90 million deal to play the center-field spot Matthews thought was his. He's been playing backup ever since.
He wants out, either by trade or release. "I don't expect to be back; it's time to move on," Matthews told the Times. "I'm ready to play for an organization that wants me to play every day. This organization has other plans, and that's OK."