Angels hold on to chips for the future

The Angels decided to hold onto their chips on Tuesday with the passing of the trading deadline, keeping their top prospects for the future of the franchise, one that plans to be atop the division for this year and many more to come.

Angels general manager Bill Stoneman made no apologies for letting Tuesday's non-waiver trade deadline pass without making a deal.

"We did what we could do, and that's all you can do," Stoneman said. "Take your best shot and hope it works out. If it doesn't work out, at least you know you took your best shot.

"Don't get stupid. Don't do something that really might weaken your club because the accolades are pretty short-term, and that's not what we're here to do. We're here to win ballgames. We're not here to get applause for doing something that might be popular."

The Angels made an offer for Mark Teixeira, but the Rangers opted to trade him to the Atlanta Braves for four highly regarded prospects. Stoneman said his focus was on adding "a really good player" and he was not interested in pursuing a deal that would have made less of an impact on the team.

"What you might call the smaller deals weren't going to help our club ... because of the talent we have now combined with what it would have taken away from us," Stoneman said. "You've got to make a deal that will leave you better off. With the chemistry we have, we didn't even want to do a neutral deal."

Stoneman said he was confident the Angels can be championship contenders without any significant midseason changes.

"Yeah -- we're a good team," he said. "We can pitch with anyone, both starting and relief. Our bench is good. Our depth is good."

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