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Friday, January 20, 2017

Ex-Astro Luis Valbuena reportedly agrees to deal with Angels - Houston Chronicle

The Angels get a useful player.

The left-handed hitting Valbuena batted .260 with 13 home runs and an .816 OPS in 292 at-bats last year before suffering a season-ending hamstring injury in late July. The Astros weren’t expected to retain him given the emergence of Alex Bregman at third base and the signing of Yulieski Gurriel last summer.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 20, 2017 at 08:38 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, free agents, luis valbuena

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Danny Espinosa traded to Angels

Busy day for Espinosa. He was a no-show at the team’s annual Winterfest event, angered by the Adam Eaton acquisition. Then the Nationals announced that they had non-tendered Ben Revere but offered contracts to other players including Danny Espinosa and Tanner Roark. Then they announced they had traded Espinosa for Angels prospects Austin Adams and Kyle McGowin.

Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: December 10, 2016 at 10:35 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, nationals

Monday, November 28, 2016

St. Louis Cardinals Rumors: Andrelton Simmons Should Be 2017 Short Stop | FOX Sports

Fanciful.

Can a deal be made to the Angels then?  I believe that a deal could be landed by offering Michael Wacha, Jaime Garcia, and Peralta and/or Matt Adams.  It might also take a sweetener like Luke Weaver.  Would Weaver be too much to ask?

While this might seem like too much to ask, it would not surprise me to see the Cardinals package Weaver plus some of these names to land Simmons and I would NOT mind that.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 28, 2016 at 08:37 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cardinals

Monday, November 21, 2016

How big a star would Mike Trout be in another market?

Pick a team, any high-profile team — the Nationals, the Red Sox, the Giants, the Cardinals, the Cubs. It’s fun to think about Trout with any of those clubs — unless, of course, you are an Angels fan who relishes watching him every day.

Yet, as long as Trout stays in Anaheim, he will not be fully appreciated by the general public as the modern Mantle. He will not even be as famous as a certain Mickey in his county, the one who resides at Disneyland, last name Mouse.

Trout’s contract includes full no-trade protection; if the Angels ever did want to trade him, he effectively could choose his next spot. But again, the Angels do not seem inclined to even consider the possibility, and Trout has not asked out.

So, Mozart plays on, in relative silence.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 21, 2016 at 01:53 PM | 78 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, marketability, mike trout

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Will Angels’ Mike Trout be AL MVP runner-up again despite another stellar season? - The Orange County Register

I hope not. I love Mookie Betts, who had a great year. I’d vote for Trout.

National Troutrage Day is upon us.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 17, 2016 at 02:05 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, awards, mike trout, mvp

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Notes: The Nationals are in the mix for Chris Sale | FOX Sports

Imagine a rotation that included Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg ... and Chris Sale.

The Nationals can.

Add the Nats to the list of teams pursuing Sale, a list that likely includes the majority of teams in baseball.

Major-league sources confirmed the Nationals’ interest in Sale on Tuesday. The likelihood of a deal with the White Sox, however, is unknown.

The Nats’ edge is that they have A) a farm system that can satisfy the White Sox and B) a general manager, Mike Rizzo, who relishes making bold moves.


Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Angels GM Billy Eppler seeks second baseman

On the first day of the GM Meetings on Monday, general manager Billy Eppler said he’s on the lookout for a player to plug that hole.

Although he’s not publicly ruling out the internal options — Kaleb Cowart, Cliff Pennington — the Angels plan is to get an everyday second baseman via trade or free agency.

“We have guys who have played second base on the roster, but no one who has played 120 to 130 games (in a season) to date at second base,” Eppler said. “That would be nice to find, but if we can’t, we have candidates internally who can shore up the position.”

Eppler also conceded that, in a perfect world, he would get a left-handed hitter, or a switch-hitter, to play second, because the Angels lineup leans heavily to the right.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2016 at 09:00 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, billy eppler, general managers

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Tigers trade Cameron Maybin to Angels for minor league pitcher

For their first move today, they traded centerfielder Cameron Maybin to the Los Angeles Angels for minor-league right-handed pitcher Victor Alcantara.

The Angels will exercise Maybin’s $9 million option for 2017.

Alcantara, 23, posted a 4.30 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in 29 games – 20 starts – for Double-A Arkansas this season. He is not considered a top prospect.

In essence, the Tigers simply decided not to pick up Maybin’s option. This was not an unsurprising move, given the team’s plan to trim payroll this off-season in an attempt to become more flexible on and off the field.

In 2016, Maybin posted a career-best offensive season, hitting .315 with an on-base percentage of .383. He hit four home runs and drove in 43 runs. After returning from a broken wrist and bum shoulder in mid-May, Maybin sparked the team at the top of the batting order with an energizing brand of play mixed with clubhouse leadership.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 03, 2016 at 09:57 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cameron maybin, tigers, trade

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Angels’ Garrett Richards passes last significant test, expects to anchor rotation for 2017 - The Orange County Register

And “Garrett Richards 2.0” – as he referred to himself – not only has given the Angels hope for a rebound after this nightmarish 2016 season, but he might have given hope to other pitchers with damaged elbows.

“I hope this opens doors for other guys,” he said. “You don’t have to get surgery right out of the gate. If you are fortunate enough to be able to go this route and have the timeline I did, why would you automatically go in and have yourself cut and miss two years of baseball?

“I hope this opens up some doors or at least puts a second thought in people’s minds. Before, people were just 100 percent ‘I have to have surgery.’ This is becoming a somewhat alternate route. It’s worth a shot, in my opinion.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 15, 2016 at 08:29 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, garrett richards

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Buchanan: Joey Votto happy with 2016 performance, team’s direction

“Personally, until (Mike) Trout came into the league, I thought every year that I would be in the conversation for best player in the game and he f——-d that up for everybody,” Votto said. “Babe Ruth and Ted Williams included. He’s ruining it for everyone.”

FactCheck: AWESOME.

Renegade (((JE))) Posted: October 02, 2016 at 06:09 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, joey votto, mike trout, reds

Friday, September 30, 2016

Why Bo Jackson chose baseball

“Bo would like to visit Kansas City,” the agent said. “He’d like to see the players, see the stadium. But he doesn’t want to work out.”

Schuerholz wasn’t buying it. He suspected Jackson and his agents were merely using the Royals as a negotiating tool against the NFL, and asked Stewart for his opinion. He contacted Gonzales, who assured the director of scouting that Bo Jackson had genuine interest in the major leagues. “John,” Stewart told Schuerholz, “all I can tell you is Kenny Gonzales has spent seven years on Bo Jackson, and he knows him and his family better than anyone. We have to believe in Kenny.”

That Saturday afternoon, Jackson and Woods arrived at Royals Stadium and sat down with Schuerholz, Stewart and Gonzales. The general manager wasted no time. “Bo,” he said, “do you really want to play baseball?”

Jackson was young and green and raw but haltingly sincere and steadfast. “Mr. Schuerholz,” he replied, “that’s why I’m here.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 30, 2016 at 10:34 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, bo jackson, draft, football, royals, yankees

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Garrett Richards takes another step toward the 2017 Angels rotation - The Orange County Register

It will be interesting to see how this treatment will work out.

Richards’ next step will be a game on Monday in instructional league. It will be his first time facing another team – albeit mostly low level minor leaguers – since his May 1 start at Texas.

Richards is scheduled for three instructional league outings, building up to about 50 pitches, and then a follow-up exam and imaging. If he clears those hurdles by mid October, he will be cleared for a normal winter and can be penciled into the Angels 2017 plans, without Tommy John surgery.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 29, 2016 at 06:50 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, garrett richards, injuries

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Trout’s HR carries Angels over Rangers

What is Mike Scioscia thinking batting Andrelton Simmons fourth in the order? He has no power. His on base skills aren’t great. It makes me scratch my head.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 22, 2016 at 08:12 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: andrelton simmons, angels, mike scioscia

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Mike Trout’s real MVP problem? He’s just not that interesting

We take Mike Trout’s greatness for granted.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 14, 2016 at 12:28 PM | 77 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike trout, mvp

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Angels’ Matt Shoemaker has surgery to stop bleeding in his skull

Los Angeles Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker had surgery Sunday night to stop additional bleeding in his skull after getting hit in the head by a line drive.

Shoemaker had the procedure late Sunday at Seattle’s University of Washington Medical Center, and athletic trainer Adam Nevala is staying with him until he is able to travel to Southern California.

Angels general manager Billy Eppler provided the update Monday in Oakland, saying Shoemaker had been receiving CT scans every 2/3 hours when the third image showed increased bleeding. That’s when surgery was determined the next step.

He told reporters Monday that the surgery was successful and that Shoemaker is speaking and recovering.

Shoemaker was diagnosed with a small skull fracture and a hematoma Sunday after being hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 06, 2016 at 08:31 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, matt shoemaker

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Trout hammers 427-ft. homer | MLB.com

Rope.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 04, 2016 at 10:34 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, mike trout, statcast

Friday, September 02, 2016

The Decline of Albert Pujols Underscores the Greatness of Frank Thomas

Piling on Phat Albert.

“Frank Thomas was a first-ballot HOFer, but in some respects he might be modestly underrated as a hitter. I suspect it’s because Thomas, like Pujols, endured an extended decline phase that began after his last truly great season (at age 32). But unlike Pujols, Thomas was actually a very good hitter deep into his 30s; Pujols (and the Angels) would kill for this kind of production.”


Thursday, September 01, 2016

Mike Trout Involved in [minor] Car Crash

Trout was uninjured while trying to avoid an accident on the freeway.

Two questions: is he Bruce Willis from “Unbreakable”? And what in the world was he doing in Tustin?


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Harper’s inconsistency highlights Trout’s greatness. | Sports on Earth

Barring a significant slide over the last quarter of the schedule, Trout is going to join an exclusive club with this metronomic stat line. Since the dawn of the 20th century, only nine others have strung together at least five consecutive qualifying seasons with an OPS+ of 160 or better. Here is the impressive list in reverse chronological order.

Barry Bonds 1990-98, 2000-04
Frank Thomas 1991-97
Stan Musial 1948-54
Johnny Mize 1936-40
Lou Gehrig 1927-37
Babe Ruth 1918-24, ‘26-‘34
Rogers Hornsby 1920-25
Ty Cobb 1907-19
Honus Wagner 1902-09

(Ted Williams likely would be on this list if not for his military service. He topped the 160 mark while qualifying for the batting title in each of his first eight seasons, which were interrupted by three seasons lost to World War II. It’s also possible that others are in the same boat, including Charlie Keller, who hit the mark from 1941-43 and again in ‘45 after a year away).

Not only would Trout be just the third player in the past 70 years to accomplish this feat, but he also is doing it while playing a premium defensive position—and in his age 20-24 seasons (he turned 25 on Aug. 7). Only Cobb, more than a century ago, has had five qualifying 160 OPS+ seasons at such a young age. Only Cobb and Williams can top Trout’s career OPS+ of 169 up to this point (minimum 2,000 plate appearances). And of course, Trout is more than just a good hitter, as he is closing in on Cobb’s record of 46.7 wins above replacement by the end of the age-24 season.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 17, 2016 at 06:33 AM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, bryce harper, mike trout, nationals

Friday, August 12, 2016

Angels renew stadium talks with Anaheim after striking out in Tustin - LA Times

Win-win for taxpayers means they shouldn’t pay very much at all.

Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait said the City Council has not yet been briefed on the talks. He said he would like the city to strike a deal with the Angels.

“My preference is to find a win-win,” Tait said, “that’s a good deal for the people of Anaheim. There’s lots of room for that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 12, 2016 at 06:59 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, stadium

Angels’ Garrett Richards hopeful he can begin throwing Monday - The Orange County Register

A week into his increased workouts, Garrett Richards is feeling as good as ever about being able to avoid Tommy John surgery.

“I literally feel like my arm is just refreshed,” Richards said Wednesday. “Everything feels great. My shoulder feels nice and loose. I feel zero discomfort in my arm. Nothing even close to what I was feeling when I was put on the DL.”

Richards has a damaged ulnar collateral ligament, an injury that normally requires Tommy John surgery and a 12- to 18-month rehab process.

Last Wednesday, imaging of Richards’ elbow showed enough progress from stem-cell therapy that he began doing workouts that simulated throwing. He will continue to do those until Monday, when he will have another test on his elbow to see if he can throw.

“If everything looks the same as it did a couple weeks ago or even better then we start throwing an actual baseball on an actual field and doing actual baseball things,” Richards said.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 12, 2016 at 06:54 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, garrett richards, injuries

Sunday, August 07, 2016

MLB: Lincecum designated for assignment by Angels - Mercury News

Angels: Tim Lincecum was designated for assignment on Saturday, bringing into question the professional future for the former Giants two-time Cy Young Award winner. The Angels made the move a day after Lincecum allowed six runs in the first inning of a 6-4 loss to Seattle. Lincecum is 2-6 with a 9.16 ERA in nine starts in his return from left hip surgery last September. Lincecum signed a $2.5 million, one-year contract with the Angels in May. Manager Mike Scioscia said the Angels are hopeful that Lincecum will accept an assignment to Triple-A.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2016 at 07:54 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, tim lincecum

Monday, August 01, 2016

Angels deal Hector Santiago, Joe Smith, add veteran Ricky Nolasco, prospect Alex Meyer - The Orange County Register

Keeping hope alive!

Billy Eppler looked at the emptiness of the Angels farm system and knew he couldn’t take the safe route.

When he made the surprising swap of Hector Santiago to the Minnesota Twins on Monday, it was with the idea that if he wanted Alex Meyer – once one of the top pitching prospects in the sport—he had to take Ricky Nolasco.

“These are opportunities we have to seize,” Eppler said Monday. “Everyone documented the situation with our farm system. So let’s grab a guy who is fairly high on people’s high radar for the difference between Santiago and Nolasco… Let’s get the guy who throws 96 mph with a good curve… He’s physical. He throws hard. He misses bats. That’s what we need to gamble on.”

In a lesser deal, the Angels also sent reliever Joe Smith to the Chicago Cubs for Jesus Castillo, a starter in the low minors. That was a simple deal of an impending free agent for a prospect.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 05:56 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: alex meyer, angels, hector santiago, joe smith, ricky nolasco, trade deadline, trades


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Angels slugger Albert Pujols racks up RBIs | angels.com

Albert Pujols is bringing the RBI back.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2016 at 09:07 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: albert pujols, angels

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