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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Veteran catcher Geovany Soto agrees to one-year deal with Angels

The hot stove is getting lukewarm!

Free-agent catcher Geovany Soto and the Los Angeles Angels have agreed to a one-year, $2.8 million contract.

The team announced the move Tuesday night, one day after losing catcher Chris Iannetta to the Seattle Mariners in free agency.

Soto has played for four teams in 11 major league seasons. The former Chicago Cubs backstop spent last season on the other side of town with the White Sox, batting .219 with nine homers and 21 RBIs in 78 games.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 25, 2015 at 12:55 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, geovany soto

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Rod Carew opens up about his private life and his near-death experience

“We were coming through security at [Los Angeles International Airport],” Devon says, “and the guy there asked Dad if he knew what a ‘Rod Carew’ was on Urban Dictionary.” (It’s a vulgarism that involves going from first base to third base without touching second.) Rod shakes his head in mock dismay upon hearing this, like a put-upon dad in a sitcom, which he often appears to be.

“When he’s getting ornery,” Rhonda says, “we know he’s getting back to normal.”

Wins Above Paul Westerberg Posted: November 24, 2015 at 10:22 AM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, hall of fame, twins

Angels aren’t ruling out pursuit of Heyward | FOX Sports

They won’t rule him out. With interest like that, I’m just going to put him on their roster.

The Angels aren’t ruling out a pursuit of free agent Jason Heyward, sources tell Ken Rosenthal and me. And if the Angels sign Heyward, they’d likely move Kole Calhoun from right field to left.

It’s important to note the Angels are only in the preliminary stages of their search for an everyday outfielder. But Heyward is among the many possibilities for new general manager Billy Eppler.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 24, 2015 at 06:17 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, free agents, jason heyward

Friday, November 13, 2015

How Did Previous Andrelton Simmons Age?

So, yes, history suggests that Andrelton Simmons is going to get worse defensively in Anaheim, and we shouldn’t expect him to continue putting up +20 UZRs for much longer. But that history also suggests that the same trends that take some value from his glove should add some back to his bat, and that overall, Simmons should be expected to remain roughly as valuable as he has been to this point in his career. And that’s pretty darn valuable.

snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: November 13, 2015 at 07:04 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, braves, trades

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Angels cut ties with pitching coach Mike Butcher, hitting coach Don Baylor - The Orange County Register

Angels get rid of their pitching and hitting coaches.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2015 at 06:50 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, coaches

Monday, October 05, 2015

Angels hire Billy Eppler as general manager |

Although it may be true for teams with bad front offices people, for 99.9% of the teams there is no way the manager and coaching staff should know the players better than the General Manager.

“There are some very tangible things that need to be done,” Scioscia said after Sunday’s game. “I’m looking forward to sharing our insights with whoever is in that position, because like most baseball teams, I don’t think there’s a manager or coaching staff that doesn’t know the players better than anyone in the organization. We want to move forward.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 05, 2015 at 07:16 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, billy eppler, general managers

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Rangers win sixth AL West; Angels’ season over |

Congrats to the Rangers and Astros.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2015 at 06:52 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, astros, playoffs, rangers

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Huston Street’s injury is a grim note in Angels’ dramatic win - LA Times

The Angels lose their closer and Mike Trout does Mike Trout things.

In the top of the ninth inning, they lost closer Huston Street to injury. In the bottom of the ninth, David Freese hit a walk-off home run, lifting the Angels to an emotional 3-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners.

The Angels remained one-half game behind the Houston Astros for the final spot in the American League wild-card race. The Angels have eight games left.

It appears unlikely that Street could pitch in any of those games. Manager Mike Scioscia said Street has a groin injury that is “not good.” Scioscia did not put a timetable on a recovery, but Street sat out 13 days because of a groin injury in July.


Jim Furtado Posted: September 27, 2015 at 08:36 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, huston street, mike trout

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Jered Weaver gets ejected for being a jackass | HardballTalk

I would have hit him too. Craig misses the part where Seager grabs his crotch right when he called time first and before he tells Weaver to throw it over the plate.

In this instance I blame the umpire for not stepping in and telling Seager to get in the box. It was perfectly clear that Seager was purposely being disruptive. Had the umpire kept control of the game the ensuing events would not have happened.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 17, 2015 at 10:02 AM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, jered weaver, kyle seager

Monday, September 14, 2015

ANGELS REPORT: Andrew Heaney joins a new financial world - LA Times

I will stick to my investment in 1980’s baseball cards.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 14, 2015 at 09:46 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew heaney, angels

Red Sox? Phillies? Ranking MLB’s 5 GM openings | New York Post

Working for Samson and Loria is a situation covered with warts.

Recently, I was speaking to a well-regarded executive who one day would like to be a general manager about the possibility that the Marlins job might open.

Essentially the discussion boiled down to this: There are just 30 of these jobs, yet would you abstain from, say, even being considered to run the Marlins’ baseball operations — due to the firing, tempestuous, meddling, low-payroll nature of owner Jeffrey Loria and team president David Samson?

The executive acknowledged the problems and said perhaps there were jobs not worth having. But the official also said, “There is no perfect job. If you wait for the perfect one, you will wait forever.

“They all have warts. They also all have positives. You have to figure out how to accentuate the positives and fix or navigate around the warts.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 14, 2015 at 06:56 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, general managers, mariners, phillies, red sox

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Angels seek quick resolution for GM opening - The Orange County Register

Why not just let Mike Scioscia pick the new GM?

Of the external candidates who have been interviewed so far, none has been a major league general manager before, the source said. The Angels are planning to speak to at least some candidates with experience in that position, according to a source.

The Angels will not keep interim general manager Bill Stoneman in that position beyond this season.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 01, 2015 at 06:58 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, general managers

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Month is cold one for Trout

The greatest player on the planet is struggling.

In 24 games this month, Trout is batting .200 (17 for 85) with one homer and six runs batted in. He has a .327 on-base percentage, .306 slugging percentage, 28 strikeouts and 16 walks.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 27, 2015 at 09:01 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike trout

Justin Verlander barely misses third gem as Tigers beat Angels, 5-0 - LA Times

Does this mean Verlander is good again?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 27, 2015 at 08:59 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, justin verlander, tigers

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Mike Trout’s off-field obsession proves he’s a man for all seasons - Yahoo Sports

Mike Trout, a man for all seasons and weather.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2015 at 07:34 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike trout

Thursday, August 13, 2015

David Robertson pans ‘bush league’ Mike Scioscia for standing in way

Icing the closer?

Shortstop Erick Aybar struck out to lead off the ninth against Robertson. The ball was in the dirt, so White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers reached out to tag Aybar on the leg, with plate umpire Fieldin Culbreth making an out signal. Abyar kept on running to first base, though, with Flowers not making a throw after Culbreth made his out call.

Scioscia argued, ultimately challenging the ruling via replay. White Sox manager Robin Ventura questioned why there should even be a replay since an out signal was made.

Umpires reviewed the play and upheld their original call that Aybar was tagged out by Flowers. Scioscia, though, came back out to the home plate area to get an explanation. By rule, managers are not allowed to argue a replay decision, but Culbreth gave Scioscia the courtesy of explaining the decision.

Robertson, however, didn’t care for the delay as he waited on the mound to pitch.

“I felt that Scioscia was very bush league, coming out there and standing in front of home plate after the play had already been reviewed,” Robertson said. “I felt like once it has been reviewed, it has been reviewed on film and he’s called out, there’s no reason for you to come back out and argue the call. I guess that’s just the way he is. It kind of changed the whole momentum in the ninth.”

Thursday, July 30, 2015

10 Major Trades that Never Were

What about Omar Vizquel for Carl Yaztrzmski with the sideburns?

9. Albert Pujols to the Expos—2000

The St. Louis Cardinals found themselves in a pickle in 2000. Looking for young arms to add to the organization, St. Louis struck up a deal with the Montreal Expos to send Britt Reames and another player to Montreal for two pitchers. They just had to decide who to send: Fernando Tatis or Albert Pujols. Obviously, the Cards sent Tatis and the next season Pujols won NL Rookie of the Year before becoming one of the best players in Cardinals’ history during his stint with the organization.


Monday, July 27, 2015

Full Count » Red Sox trade Shane Victorino to Angels for infielder Josh Rutledge; Recall Rusney Castillo

Let’s hope Victorino can stay healthy and helps the Angels. Rutledge is a spare part. Rusney gets another chance to show what he can do.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 27, 2015 at 07:09 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, red sox

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Angels GM Bill Stoneman handles some business the old-fashioned way - LA Times

The Angels’ present need is clearly identified: a starting left fielder. They would prefer to make a trade without disrupting the major league roster or surrendering their top prospect, pitcher Sean Newcomb. The mild-mannered Stoneman sounded bolder about the likelihood of a significant trade now than he ever did in his long run as general manager.

“The expectation is we’ll be able to get something done,” he said.

The Angels have been linked to Jay Bruce of the Cincinnati Reds, Gerardo Parra of the Milwaukee Brewers, Ben Revere of the Philadelphia Phillies, Justin Upton of the San Diego Padres, and Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier of the Dodgers, among others.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2015 at 09:57 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, bill stoneman, padres

Monday, July 20, 2015

Despite managerial issues, the Angels are focused.

Sometimes a midseason managerial change sparks a ballclub. But a team sparked by a midseason Civil War in which the general manager resigns because he can’t coexist with the manager? That’s a new one.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 20, 2015 at 09:49 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, giants, notes, orioles, reds, rumors

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Angels’ Garrett Richards shuts out Red Sox |

If Richards is back to where he was last year, Houston may be in trouble.

“I think that one of the best-kept secrets is really how our rotation’s doing,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “Our rotation has given us a chance to win the lion’s share of starts we’ve had this year. The last couple of games are indicative of the way they threw in the first half.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 19, 2015 at 06:58 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, garrett richards

Friday, July 17, 2015

Angels are in good spot going into second half but have things to fix - LA Times

It’s a long season.

“There are a lot of professional people in here who have been through a lot, who know what it takes, and who know not to get too low or to press and be upset if we’re behind,” Iannetta said.

“I think we believed and knew the whole time that we were a good team. Guys are starting to play more like themselves, and as a result, we’ve scored a lot of runs lately. We’ll see how it all plays out.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 17, 2015 at 08:04 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Fraley: How Angels became team to beat for Rangers entering second half | Dallas Morning News

Big midseason series.

The Rangers start the second half with a demanding nine-game trip.

They begin with three games against Houston. The Astros led the American League West for 88 days in the first half.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 16, 2015 at 07:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, rangers

Monday, July 13, 2015

Catching up with former Orioles second baseman Bobby Grich - Baltimore Sun

A nice article on one of the most under-appreciated players in baseball history.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 13, 2015 at 11:22 AM | 95 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, bobby grich, orioles

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