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Friday, April 22, 2016

Bryce Harper rising to No. 1? Execs still prefer Mike Trout | New York Post

So I asked 13 executives and scouts: If money were no object and you could start a franchise with either Trout or Harper, who do you got?

Three said they actually would take Houston shortstop Carlos Correa, and one also mentioned Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado. But the request was Trout vs. Harper, and eight took Trout and five went with Harper — with two of the Harper voters admitting they only had changed recently. One Trout voter actually wavered toward Harper in the midst of an email response before stating, “I’ll stay with Trout, but it’s as close a vote as you can get.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 22, 2016 at 09:06 AM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, bryce harper, mike trout, nationals

Friday, April 08, 2016

Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney not concerned about long-term impact of injury - The Orange County Register

Despite the fear that Andrew Heaney’s forearm tightness is a precursor to something far more serious, at the moment Heaney and the Angels are remaining optimistic.

Heaney may miss only a few weeks if all he has is a strained flexor muscle in his forearm.

“I saw the MRI for myself,” Heaney said Thursday. “Obviously I’m not a doctor, but the way they explained it to me, it looked perfectly sound and healthy.”

In this case, “it” refers to the ulnar collateral ligament, which leads to Tommy John surgery when it’s torn. Sometimes pitchers who first complain of forearm tightness end up with a torn UCL. That’s what happened to Tyler Skaggs in July 2014.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2016 at 06:49 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew heaney, angels

Sunday, April 03, 2016

The Angels’ Andrelton Simmons gets creative with the art of defense - LA Times

If only he could hit a little more.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2016 at 07:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: andrelton simmons, angels

Thursday, March 31, 2016

This Is a Garrett Richards Changeup | FanGraphs Baseball

Garrett Richards might be ready to break out even bigger.

Richards listened to Street and then worked the recommended changeup into a bullpen. That led to using it in games, first against minor leaguers. He used it heavily in an intrasquad game, and while I don’t know how often he used the pitch Tuesday, it’s certainly been getting plenty of work. That 92 above might be an outlier — the linked article says the changeup tends to hang around 88-90. As you might’ve been able to predict, an Angels source said that when it works, Richards’ current changeup looks like the one thrown by Felix Hernandez.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 31, 2016 at 06:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, garrett richards

Monday, March 21, 2016

Tommy Hanson Had It All—Family, Friends and a Sparkling Career. Where Did It All Go Wrong?

Close as we are to loved ones, tight as we become with our best friends, some things are just unknowable. Depression, like a virus, barges in with invisible force and incapacitates with a silent thud.

Most likely, someone you know is fighting a desperately quiet battle with it as you read this. The website Healthline says that more than 80 percent of people with symptoms of clinical depression are not receiving any treatment for it, while the number of people diagnosed with depression increases by 20 percent each year.

Though Tommy Hanson was not diagnosed with depression, many close to him suspect it had him in its grip. When Tommy Hanson slipped away in November, only the shock and grief were tangible.

At the funeral in Atlanta, a who’s who from the Braves organization and others throughout baseball filled the church. Gonzalez, Cox and Atlanta pitching coach Roger McDowell sat together while so many fought a losing battle to keep it together.

“I remember looking around and seeing so many young people, friends of his, friends of his wife, teammates,” Gonzalez says. “You see all of his old teammates sitting with their wives and kids. And I said, ‘My God, this guy was just beginning his life.’”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 21, 2016 at 01:10 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, braves, drug abuse, kris medlen, tommy hanson

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Enjoy the many subtle reactions from one of the strangest double plays you’ll ever see | MLB.com

You have to hate when this happens.

After catching the ball, Nava turned toward the outfield. It appeared that there were at least two friendly fans who were doing their darndest to let Nava know “No! There are two outs! Stop! What are you doing! What are you doooooing!”

Meanwhile, here were the Angels infielders—arms up, calling out two outs. But as you can tell by Yunel Escobar’s cocked head and the glance from Gregorio Petit, these are two men who have resigned themselves to the chaos of the universe.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 16, 2016 at 08:40 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, daniel nava

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The Teams with the Most Dead Money

Almost all of the Los Angeles Angels money is going to the Texas Rangers so they can pay Josh Hamilton after the unusual falling out between the Hamilton and the Angels organization. The team is also paying a portion of Erick Aybar‘s salary with the Braves. The Los Angeles Dodgers have spread their money out among many players. Hector Olivera with the Braves, Michael Morse for the Pirates, Matt Kemp for the Padres are all receiving some money from the Dodgers this season. In addition, the Dodgers are also paying Erisbel Arrabarruena, who is still with the organization, but appears to have been a big international acquisition for little payoff as he has been outrighted off the roster.

Of the amount above, about one-quarter of the money is still with the team, like Arrabarruena, and potentially could still pan out, although removing a player from the 40-man roster is generally a pretty good indication about the level of confidence a team has in that player’s future. The biggest expenditure in this manner goes to Allen Craig, who is set to make $9 million this season and another $11 million in 2017 with a $1 million buyout for a $13 million option for the 2018 season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 15, 2016 at 02:46 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, dodgers, josh hamilton

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Mike Scioscia may be old school, but GM Billy Eppler says Angels manager embraces new metrics too - LA Times

“The analytics vs. scouting thing, it’s so tired,” he said. “It’s so East Coast-West Coast rap. Uncle. Uncle, you know what I mean?

“It’s almost like you have to be Republican or Democrat. Are you East Coast rap or West Coast? Are you for stats or are you for scouting? I don’t know. Can I really be in between? Because I am.

“It’s only black and white. Nobody wants gray, but gray’s the best. That’s what makes this game great. There is no absolute.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2016 at 08:00 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, billy eppler, joe maddon, sabr

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Another year of the Jered Weaver experiment

At this point it’s safe to call it a spring tradition: Eyebrows get raised in response to Jered Weaver‘s underwhelming velocity, and Weaver tells the media he doesn’t care. There’s nothing wrong with Weaver’s reaction, because he is more of a command pitcher, and he knows he’ll be fine if he locates. I’m sure he’s beyond tired of this repeating conversation. But from the outside, it’s significant that Weaver’s fastball continues to surprise, because it just keeps getting slower, more quickly than it probably ought to.

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: March 10, 2016 at 10:12 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, jered weaver, velocity

Friday, February 26, 2016

Quintin Berry is wearing a sign to tell people he is NOT Andrelton Simmons | MLB.com

Quintin Berry, you are no Andrelton Simmons.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 26, 2016 at 08:16 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: andrelton simmons, angels, quintin berry

Monday, February 22, 2016

Blue Jays looking to trade for Reds’ Jay Bruce | MLB.com

MLB Network’s Jon Heyman was the first to report Toronto’s interest in the 28-year-old former Silver Slugger. Heyman tweeted Monday that a three-team deal was in the works that would send Toronto outfielder Michael Saunders to the Angels, Bruce to the Blue Jays and undisclosed players going to the Reds.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 22, 2016 at 09:48 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, blue jays, jay bruce, michael saunders, reds, trade rumors

Friday, February 19, 2016

Jerry Dipoto, very politely, says working with Mike Scioscia was a pain in the butt

Dipoto runs the Mariners now, and he was on SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio channel today with Jim Bowden and Jim Duquette talking about his current gig and, for really the first time since he left Anaheim, his last one. His words about Scioscia were about as diplomatic as could be expected under the circumstances, but if you read between the lines it’s very, very clear that Dipoto was fed the heck up with the guy who, apparently, has the best job security in the business:

“The four years that I spent in Anaheim, and I appreciate those four years and for much of that time I had a great time.  And I got an opportunity to work with a manager who I believe is very likely to wind up in the Hall of Fame.  And I got a chance to work for an owner who never spared any expense in throwing as much money at a roster as he could, and the aggression they showed was great.  There were times where it was very difficult to do the job that I was asked to do because I was caught in between perhaps two different dynamics.  And I would say the same of them, I had some different ideas that maybe they weren’t as comfortable with.  And therefore we end up where we are four years from now.  But we did put a winning product on the field three out of the four years and one of those seasons we led the league in wins, and understood that we had flaws and warts but kept trying to adjust as the car was moving down the road to make the appropriate adjustments that would allow us to get into the win zone.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 19, 2016 at 04:49 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, jerry dipoto, mike scioscia

Tony Phillips, former major leaguer, has died at the age of 56

Tony Phillips, the former Oakland A and Detroit Tiger, has died, according to Arizona g.m. Dave Stewart, who has passed along the very sad news.  Phillips was 56.

Phillips was an 18 year major leaguer who started his career with the Oakland A’s in the 1980s, before joining the Detroit Tigers as a free agent prior to the 1990 season.  Phillips also spent time with the Angels, the ChiSox, the Blue Jays and the Mets, before finishing out his career with the A’s in 1999, at the age of 40.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 19, 2016 at 01:08 PM | 97 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, athletics, obituaries, tigers, tony phillips

Wednesday, December 30, 2015


Thursday, December 17, 2015

Owner Arte Moreno says Angels not in play for big bats on free-agent market - LA Times

Says every owner after recently getting burned. Don’t worry Angels fans. They don’t really mean it.

“When you start looking at seven-year deals, they’re tough. You really stretch the franchise out. If there’s a mistake or injury and it doesn’t work out, it really hinders what you’re trying to accomplish.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 17, 2015 at 06:37 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: angels

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Angels trade for Yunel Escobar from Nationals | MLB.com

The Angels were on the verge of acquiring veteran infielder Yunel Escobar from the Nationals on Thursday, sources told MLB.com. The move could help the club at second or third base.

In exchange, young hard-throwing reliever Trevor Gott is expected to go to Washington, a source said. The Angels are also expected to include a Minor League player in the deal. The Angels and Nationals have not confirmed reports of the impending trade, which was first mentioned by CBSSports.com and FOXSports.com.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2015 at 04:59 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, nationals, trade

Friday, December 04, 2015

Padres, Angels, Dodgers Showing Most Interest In Utley

The Padres, Angels and Dodgers are showing the most interest in second baseman Chase Utley, reports ESPN’s Jayson Stark. Utley has told friends that his preference is to play in his native California, Stark hears, adding that the Los Angeles area native now resides in northern California but still has family in the southern portion of the state.

Some believe that the Padres’ interest could be a precursor to a trade of some kind, Stark writes, as the team has internal second base options in the form of Jedd Gyorko and Jose Pirela. (Additionally, I’d list Cory Spangenberg, Yangervis Solarte and recently acquired Carlos Asuaje in that mix.) Given the depth of options the Padres have at second, the Utley connection is perhaps a bit surprising, but Stark nonetheless characterizes the team’s interest as “strong.”

The Angels, he notes, could look to use Utley both at second base and designated hitter next season depending on matchups. Johnny Giavotella manned second for most of the 2015 season in Anaheim while batting .272/.318/.375 and delivering suspect defense. Of course, Utley himself is coming off a mere .212/.286/.343 batting line between the Phillies and Dodgers. And, at 37 (later this month), it might not be wise to count on plus defense from the veteran, though metrics like Ultimate Zone Rating and Defensive Runs Saved pegged him as only slightly below average and much preferred his work to that of the younger Giavotella.

Stark writes that the Dodgers could use Utley as a short-term stopgap to prospect Jose Peraza — a former Top 100 prospect with the Braves that debuted with the Dodgers in 2015 but received just 25 plate appearances in the Majors. Peraza has considerable speed, but his combined .293/.316/.378 line between the Triple-A affiliates for L.A. and Atlanta wasn’t as impressive as his work at the lower levels in the minors. Then again, he’s also still just 21 years of age, making him significantly younger than the bulk of his competition in Triple-A.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweets that the Dodgers have more interest in Utley than they do in Ben Zobrist, which would seem to mesh with the notion that a short-term bridge to Peraza is the preferred route for the team. An outside addition isn’t necessarily needed at all, thanks to the presence of Enrique Hernandez, although adding Utley in a stopgap capacity would allow the Dodgers to continue leveraging Hernandez’s versatility in somewhat of a super-utility capacity.

EvilBoWeevil Posted: December 04, 2015 at 10:10 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, braves, dodgers, padres, phillies, rumors

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 | 73 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


Thursday, January 19, 2012

SBNation: Bois: The Bob Famine

In baseball, the name “Bob” has gone from extremely common to a marginal curiosity and nexus of confusion.

There was one active MLB Bob last year, Bobby Abreu, whose given name is “Bob” but goes by “Bobby”. In 2010 there were two - Abreu, and Bob Howry, whose given name is “Bobby” but goes by “Bob”. In 2009 we also had Bob McCrory.

In the future, will “Bob” be as unheard-of for baseball players as “Dick”? Can Bob Stumpo restore glory to this appellation?


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Orlando Cabrera To Retire From Baseball

OH NO, EXPO!

Last season, Orlando Cabrera batted .238 with the Indians and Giants, posting a 61 OPS+. The season before that, he posted a 76 OPS+. The season before that, he posted an 85 OPS+. Orlando Cabrera has been declining, and just turned 37 years old. As a free agent, Cabrera didn’t drum up much interest, which I’m guessing is why he’s intending to hang ‘em up. Enrique Rojas:

  “Orlando Cabrera to retire from baseball, he said in Colombia radio station. Thanks for memories!”

Cabrera had a long career that’ll be difficult to forget. He debuted with the Expos in 1997, and remained there until the giant Nomar Garciaparra three-way trade in 2004. That year, with the Red Sox, Cabrera won a World Series. He wound up with the Angels, earning the unfortunate nickname “The Wizard of O.C.”, and then he wound up with the White Sox, and the A’s, and the Twins, and the Reds, and the Indians, and the Giants ... He remained a shortstop to the end, and collected 2,055 hits. He will always be remembered as a pest. An absolute pest.

Repoz Posted: January 18, 2012 at 09:06 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, athletics, expos, giants, indians, red sox, reds, twins, white sox

Sunday, January 15, 2012

MLB Trade Rumors: Bartolo Colon Agrees to Sign With Unknown Team

Bartolo Colon has agreed to a deal with an unknown club reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today (on Twitter). The right-hander wouldn’t divulge the team because he has not yet passed his physical.

Pretty sure it’s either the All-Stars or the Champs.


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