The Angels began the offseason with a lot of money to spend, they have a need at third base, and they missed out on top priority Carl Crawford when he signed with the Red Sox.
Adrian Beltre is looking for a big contract, he doesn't have interest in playing for Oakland or Baltimore, he lives in southern California, and his desired return to Boston was blocked when the Red Sox traded for Adrian Gonzalez.
If that doesn't seem like a match made in heaven, I don't know what does, and sure enough, the Angels have now gotten themselves involved in the Beltre negotiations. According to Mike DiGiovanna, Angels owner Arte Moreno says the team has made a "significant offer" to Beltre, who is looking for a five-year contract worth at least $15 million per season. The terms of the Angels' offer aren't known, and Beltre hasn't accepted it, but the two seem like too good a fit for each other for this not to work out.
Beltre was arguably the AL's best third baseman last year, playing stellar defense while posting a .919 OPS. The Angels are looking for an upgrade on Alberto Callaspo, Brandon Wood, and Maicer Izturis, who are the current in-house options for the hot corner.