Moreno also says the Angels can make an even bigger trade for an elite starting pitcher if they get a chance this season.
Moreno covered many topics in his annual informal conversation with reporters on the training fields outside Tempe Diablo Stadium. He is excited about the potential impact of $245 million third baseman Anthony Rendon and optimistic about his pitching staff’s ability to improve after a poor season.
Moreno also is eager to move on from the scuttled trade that would have sent infielder Luis Rengifo and a prospect to the Dodgers for Pederson and Stripling earlier this month.
Both veterans likely would have played immediately for the Angels, but Moreno called off the talks around the deal while the Dodgers’ blockbuster deal with Boston was delayed for several days.
“It wasn’t all impatience,” Moreno said. “There were other things involved, too. … I just would rather not talk about it. That wasn’t going to happen, and it’s not happening.”
Later in the interview, Moreno said he realized Angels fans…