Also have to factor in the Angels future lineup, Vladdy's getting older but still has some good years in him but Brendan Wood and Kendry Morales are going to be really good, Morales would be good right now if they'd just call him up. They guy was improving every month, hit a 2 week cold streak and its "see ya later?".... makes no sense when they keep dead wood around like Salmon.
And the Angels have the cash and the incentive to sign a big free agent hitter. Their local TV and radio contracts are expiring soon. The owner wants to renegotiate coming off a world series championship next year. He's already bought a radio station that will take over from ESPN radio soon, but the TV contract will stil be bidded out, and he wants the team red hot when that happens... so at least one big free agent is coming to Anaheim, probably more. And the team also rakes the cash in attendance wise too. They're flush with cash and have the financial motives to spend it this off season, which explains I think why they didn't trade for a Lee or Soriano if they might sign him anyway.