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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Source: Angels close to trading Josh Hamilton to Rangers | FOX Sports

This sounds workable.

Sources said Friday evening that the Angels and Rangers had yet to agree on all terms of the deal, meaning it could be several days before the full matter is resolved. But under the deal’s general parameters as of Friday, the Rangers will not send any players to the Angels, and the Rangers will take on less than $15 million in financial obligations to Hamilton. He is owed $83 million over the 2015, 2016 and 2017 seasons.

One key element of the trade is that Hamilton will relinquish some money to the Angels that had been due to him. Traditionally, the Major League Baseball Players Association has prevented proposed agreements under which players give up financial benefits in their guaranteed contracts. However, in this case the MLBPA apparently views playing in a state (Texas) with no state income tax as a benefit unto itself.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 25, 2015 at 10:39 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, josh hamilton, rangers

Friday, April 24, 2015

Josh Hamilton could soon be gone from Los Angeles Angels - MLB - SI.com

No info in the article about how this will be accomplished.

Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton, who in February admitted to relapsing and abusing drugs and alcohol, may never play for Los Angeles again and could be gone from the team in a matter of days, according to an industry source.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2015 at 05:48 PM | 75 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, josh hamilton

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Angels have a comeback plan for Josh Hamilton - LA Times

They are in no rush.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 21, 2015 at 06:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, josh hamilton

Sunday, April 19, 2015


Saturday, April 18, 2015


Angels teammates say Josh Hamilton is physically ready to play - LA Times

If he’s physically ready to play, I would think his agent would be pushing to have him activated. If he is, it looks like the Angels need to either activate him or release him.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 18, 2015 at 08:12 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, josh hamilton

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

DallasNews: Why the Rangers should trade for Josh Hamilton

Alienated enough of their dwindling fan base yet?

It’s not out of the question. It’s not crazy. Certain aspects of a Hamilton-back-to-Texas deal make a lot of sense.

I feel like Hamilton would be on the field enough, motivated enough that he would bring some punch to this team. And he would at least provide entertainment. That’s more than you can expect from most of this current Rangers’ outfield.

Why should they trade for him?  Apparently Tim Cowlinshaw thinks the Rangers haven’t alienated enough of their dwindling fan base yet.


Angels in pickle with high-priced Hamilton, who is backed by CBA | FOX Sports

Has anyone reported on the specific language in Hamilton’s contract?

Jim Duquette of MLB Network Radio reported Wednesday that Hamilton’s agent, Michael Moye, told teams involved in the free-agent bidding that the player would allow protective language if he received the right deal.
Moreno said at the time of the signing that Hamilton’s deal included no such language. But it turns out that the owner indeed tried to guard against a relapse by Hamilton, fully aware of the player’s well-documented past.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 15, 2015 at 06:52 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: angels


Saturday, April 11, 2015

Angels owner’s stance in Josh Hamilton case puts players in tough spot

Wilson said he agreed with columnists who have written the Angels would be treating Hamilton differently if he was playing like the five-time All-Star he was in Texas and not the disappointing and oft-injured player he’s been in Anaheim, where Hamilton hit .255 with 31 homers in his first two seasons.

“Some of the commentators had a lot of insight — if the situation was this, it would be turned around and be different,” Wilson said. “Josh went through the whole process with an arbitrator. It should just be about him rehabbing and getting healthy and playing baseball again. The fact is, it’s not.”

Wilson said teams add language to most contracts forbidding pla
“But it’s my understanding that the collective bargaining agreement takes precedent as it governs all of baseball on any contract,” Wilson said.

Teams will sometimes go to extreme lengths to enforce such language.

“When the Angels first signed me they hired a private detective to follow me around because they were mad that I was riding motorcycles,” said Wilson, who signed a five-year, $77.5-million deal before 2012.

Told of the accusation, General Manager Jerry Dipoto said, “That is 100% not true.”

Somewhere, George Steinbrenner is smiling.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 11, 2015 at 11:50 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, arte moreno, josh hamilton

Friday, April 10, 2015

Arte Moreno won’t promise Josh Hamilton will play again for Angels

Angels owner Arte Moreno said Friday he might try to enforce contractual language he says protects the team from a substance-abuse relapse by outfielder Josh Hamilton.

The owner also would not say that Hamilton would play another game for the Angels.

“I will not say that,” Moreno said.

An arbitrator ruled last week that Hamilton, who reported the relapse, had not violated baseball’s drug policy and thus could not be suspended. Angels President John Carpino said it “defies logic” that Hamilton, who was suspended from baseball from 2004-06 after battles with drugs and alcohol, would not have violated his treatment program.

Moreno said he has not spoken to Hamilton since the outfielder reported his relapse to the league. Hamilton met with league officials in New York on Feb. 25….

Any contract language that supersedes baseball’s collectively bargained drug policy generally is not allowed. The players’ union released a statement to that effect It was regarding Moreno’s remarks.

“The MLBPA emphatically denies Los Angeles Angels owner Arte Moreno’s assertions from earlier today that the Angels had requested and received the approval of the Union to insert language into Josh Hamilton’s contract that would supersede the provisions of the Joint Drug Agreement and/or the Basic Agreement. To the contrary, the collectively bargained provisions of the JDA and the Basic Agreement supersede all other player contract provisions and explicitly prevent Clubs from exactly the type of action Mr. Moreno alluded to in his press comments today.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 10, 2015 at 11:04 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, arte moreno, drugs, josh hamilton, suspensions

Angels Notes: Garrett Richards moves closer to return - The Orange County Register

Good news for Angels fans.

Manager Mike Scioscia had said last week that the plan for Richards after Thursday’s game would be a regular season minor league game on Tuesday. If he pitches for Triple-A Salt Lake City, they are at Fresno on Tuesday.

After that, Richards could be ready to rejoin the Angels rotation. If he does, he would be eight months removed from knee surgery, which had an expected rehab time of six to nine months.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 10, 2015 at 06:43 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, garrett richards

Monday, April 06, 2015

C.J. Wilson calls Angels statement on Josh Hamilton ‘kind of disheartening’

In fact, according to Pedro Moura of the Orange County Register, many of Hamilton’s teammates were left speechless yet undeniably affected when the statement played over the TV in the Angel Stadium weight room. Speechless, with the exception of C.J. Wilson, who has a friendship with Hamilton dating back to their time with the Texas Rangers.

When prompted for a response to Dipoto’s statement, Wilson didn’t have to say much to say a lot.

Wilson called it “kind of disheartening,” before backing up a bit.

“The statement had multiple phases,” Wilson said. “I’m just going to focus on the last part of it, which was, ‘We are focused on Josh and his family.’ That’s the part that I agree with.”

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: April 06, 2015 at 03:35 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, c.j. wilson, josh hamilton

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Heaney among six players sent to Minors | angels.com

The Angels cut six players after Friday’s game, optioning starter Andrew Heaney and infielders Josh Rutledge, Grant Green and Kyle Kubitza to Triple-A Salt Lake, and reassigning reliever Scott Snodgress and power hitter Marc Krauss to the Minor Leagues.

The Angels’ Spring Training roster is now at 32 players. Snodgress and Krauss will be with the team at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, for the finale of the Freeway Series, but won’t make the Opening Day roster.

Krauss getting optioned could be a sign that Efren Navarro, another left-handed-hitting outfielder and first baseman, has locked down the last spot off the Angels’ bench. The moves also confirmed that Johnny Giavotella will be the starting second baseman and Taylor Featherston, a Rule 5 pick that hasn’t played above Double-A, will be the backup infielder.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 04, 2015 at 08:29 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, rosters

Friday, April 03, 2015

Robothal: Josh Hamilton deserved better than the public trial he got

The more I think about it, the more appalled I am that we even knew that Josh Hamilton faced a possible suspension from baseball. The leaks, wherever they came from, violated the confidentiality that players are promised under the Joint Drug Agreement. And now that an arbitrator has ruled that Hamilton did not violate the JDA by voluntarily informing baseball of his relapse, who will apologize to him for the public embarrassment and humiliation he has endured?

Baseball disagreed with the arbitrator’s decision and said in a statement that it will “seek to address deficiencies in the manner in which drugs of abuse are addressed under the program in the collective-bargaining process.” While baseball is at it, it also should address deficiencies in the manner in which Hamilton was possibly treated by his team and by his sport.

I’m not sure the Angels acted properly in confirming Hamilton’s initial meeting in New York. And the club went public again Friday, saying in a statement, “The Angels have serious concerns about Josh’s conduct, health and behavior and we are disappointed that he has broken an important commitment which he has made to himself, his family, his teammates and our fans.”

This, for a player who was deemed not to have violated his treatment program.

Lovely.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: April 03, 2015 at 06:03 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, josh hamilton

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Who is the best player in baseball? The most overrated? We poll 117 major leaguers to find out.

These results are not binding. Unless Proposition 29 passes. And we all pray that it does.

Yes or No: I’m happy to see Alex Rodriguez back from his yearlong suspension.
Yes 41 percent
No 29 percent
I don’t care 30 percent
“He burned the union. That didn’t sit well with players, so we’ll see how that plays out on the field this year.”—American League pitcher

You’re commissioner for the day. What is the first thing you would do?
Top answer: Shorten the season 19 percent
“We get two days off a month. People with regular jobs get more days off than that!”—American League outfielder

Which player would make the most entertaining reality-show star?
“C.J. Wilson. He’s into racing cars, he travels everywhere. and he’s [married to] a supermodel.”—American League outfielder

“It’s Yasiel Puig. He’s completely insane. He’s got to be up to some wacky stuff. That would be the show to watch.”—American League pitcher

“Didn’t Madison Bumgarner bus down his cattle for spring training? And he bought his wife a baby bull as a wedding gift. You’re telling me you wouldn’t want to watch that?”—American League pitcher

“Wade Miley. It’d be like Duck Dynasty.”—American League pitcher

 


Monday, March 30, 2015

Grantland (Lindbergh): 2015 AL West Preview

I enjoy these previews but it’s hard to see how every team will hit the “over” on their projections.

Chris Fluit Posted: March 30, 2015 at 04:53 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: al west, angels, astros, athletics, mariners, rangers

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Josh Hamilton and C.J. Wilson banners removed from Angel Stadium entrance

With that in mind, MLB.com points out that this season’s Angels banners have undergone some major changes despite the team making few significant changes during the offseason. Of the six banners, only Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Jered Weaver remain from last season. Basic math tells us that means three banners were removed and three new banners were put up in their place. As for those removed, according to MLB.com, those would be Josh Hamilton, C.J. Wilson and Howie Kendrick.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: March 29, 2015 at 10:30 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, c.j. wilson, josh hamilton

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The midway point … « Gonzo and ‘The Show’

Second base really is wide open:
And I’m not really sure if that’s good. Thing is, none of the three candidates for the everyday role have really stuck out. Grant Green (7-for-23) hasn’t looked comfortable defensively, Josh Rutledge (7-for-31, eight strikeouts) hasn’t hit and Johnny Giavotella (5-for-20) hasn’t done anything to wow you on either end. One guy who has looked to me is Taylor Featherston, who’s being groomed for the utility-infield job. I like his defense, I like his speed, and his bat may be starting to come around. But I view second base the same way I did at the start of camp: We’ll either see a lot of different guys play the position this year, or we’ll see the Angels go after someone (Chase Utley?).

Jim Furtado Posted: March 19, 2015 at 06:56 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: angels

Monday, March 16, 2015

Cuban shortstop Baldoquin joins his Angels family - The Orange County Register

Meet Roberto Baldoquin, and his family.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 16, 2015 at 06:56 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cuban baseball, roberto baldoquin

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Jered Weaver’s velocity takes a dip in Angels’ 6-5 loss to Arizona - LA Times

Jered Weaver’s fastball averaged 86.8 mph last season, when he went 18-9 with a 3.28 earned-run average, but even by his standards, his velocity is down this spring. The right-hander ranged from 82-84 mph and hit 85 mph twice in a three-inning, two-run, five-hit effort. “How many velocity questions are we going to have?” Weaver said in response to his first velocity question of the spring. “I don’t pay attention to velocity. It’s more about getting location down and being able to get on pitches when you need to.” Manager Mike Scioscia said he thinks Weaver’s velocity will increase when he irons out his mechanics. “He has a lot of moving parts and was a little out of sync, really fighting himself,” Scioscia said. “We know Weav is gonna be there.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2015 at 06:19 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, jered weaver

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The power struggle over Josh Hamilton and why Rob Manfred needs to do what’s right - Yahoo Sports

If the entire world revolved around Josh Hamilton I would agree. All of us, including addicts, have responsibility for our actions. Although I hope Josh Hamiltion gets control over his addiction and MLB and the public are supportive of his efforts, it’s just not true that the issue is just about Josh Hamilton.

The Josh Hamilton case should be about his addiction and only his addiction. It’s what anybody fighting substance abuse deserves: The ability to remain sober with as few distractions as possible. The very last thing he needs is people with vested interests in his career twisting his problems into something about themselves. This is not about the Los Angeles Angels, not about Major League Baseball’s drug program, not about anybody but Hamilton and his disease.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 10, 2015 at 05:06 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, josh hamilton

Monday, March 09, 2015

Net Yost pro-Bee

“All you have to do is get some smoke out there and, trust me, I’m from the country, I live in the country. You take some smoke out there and you smoke the hive, ‘cause the queen’s in there somewhere, then you get a ShopVac and you suck ‘em all in, take ‘em outside the park and let ‘em all go.”

John Northey Posted: March 09, 2015 at 07:45 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, bee genocide, ned yost, royals

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Arbitrator will decide whether Josh Hamilton should enter rehab - ESPN Los Angeles

While I sympathize with Hamilton battle with addiction and hope he wins this fight, I don’t believe it’s unreasonable that he should lose the money he won’t be earning during his time away from the game. This isn’t his first second chance. Mistakes have consequences. From what I’ve seen in my life, avoiding consequences after repeated mistakes doesn’t ultimately help the person change. Ultimately, whatever decision gets made, Josh Hamilton’s choices will control his future.

The arbitrator’s decision on a rehabilitation program will affect the $25 million he is owed this season, according to the Times report. He would be paid his full salary for 30 days and half his salary for the next 30 days ($6.2 million total) if in rehab. He would not be paid if suspended and not in treatment.

In addition, MLB is deciding whether to classify Hamilton as a fourth-time offender, the source told the Times, which could increase a suspension from 50-75 games to at least one full season.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 05, 2015 at 10:28 AM | 83 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, josh hamilton

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Velocity is not Mike Trout’s problem - Beyond the Box Score

Talking about Trout’s “problem” hitting a fastball is like complaining about the ugly feet of a supermodel.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 04, 2015 at 09:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike trout, sabermetrics

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