Vernon Wells Newsbeat
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Though he has spent millions on players, including a record $153 million on this year’s payroll, many people both inside and outside of the Angels organization agree that Moreno’s reign of terror has created obstacles not only impossible for the club to overcome, but ones that have shifted the Angels into reverse.
When the decision was made to pursue Vernon Wells from Toronto before the 2011 season, a move Scioscia is said to have endorsed, it was Moreno, one source says, who threatened then-GM Tony Reagins with a firing if Reagins didn’t consummate the deal within 24 hours. Moreno is described as being chapped at having lost free agent Adrian Beltre to the Rangers roughly two weeks earlier, and that helps explain why, in an agreement that utterly stunned almost everybody in the game, the Angels agreed to pay all but $5 million of the $86 million to a player that Toronto was so eager to offload that the Jays surely could have been persuaded to pay millions more.
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Puig out for two hours!
• Rany reminds Joe that Vernon Wells hasn’t been playing too well lately.
• Will Bryce Harper’s career be affected by injuries? Maybe!
• Yasiel Puig on the All-Star team: Rany not against, Joe resolutely against.
• They agree that the Home Run Derby is lame (it would at least help if non-All-Stars could compete), a “skills competition” would be fun, and so forth.
• All-Star selections:
C: Joe Mauer, MIN (Rany & Joe). They meditate upon the mediocrity of Matt Wieters’ offense.
1B: Chris Davis, BAL (Rany); Prince Fielder, DET (Joe). Joe: “If you’re going to find a differentation between me and… the majority on this issue, the Fielder vs. Davis argument kind of encapsulates it.”
2B: Dustin Pedroia, BOS (Rany); Robinson Cano, NYY (Joe). Joe is insufferable about it.
SS: Jose Reyes, TOR (Rany); Elvis Andrus, TEX (Joe). Joe doesn’t like Rany’s idea that the Rangers trade Andrus to the Yankees.
3B: Miguel Cabrera, DET (Rany & Joe). Joe raises the spectre of a rerun of the Cabrera vs. Trout MVP debate, with Manny Machado in the Trout role.
OF: Alex Gordon, KC; Mike Trout, LAA; Jose Bautista, TOR (Rany & Joe)
DH: David Ortiz, BOS (Rany & Joe)
• Joe suggests banning mid-inning pitching changes in the All-Star Game. (Actually, he earlier suggested banning the All-Star Game altogether.)
C: Buster Posey, SF (Rany); Yadier Molina, STL (Joe). Joe: “Molina is running up against Chase Utley as the most underrated player of our generation… he’s gotta be in the discussion with the top short-peak catchers of all time.”
1B: Joey Votto, CIN (Rany & Joe). They agree that Paul Goldschmidt might not get any better than he is right now, but it’s impressive that he’s gotten this far (both offensively and defensively).
2B: Chase Utley, PHI (Rany); Brandon Phillips, CIN (Joe). Joe doesn’t like Utley’s spotty health record, but admits that the past couple of weeks may have changed his vote.
SS: Hanley Ramirez, LAD (Rany); Troy Tulowitzki, COL (Joe). Rany: “Andrelton Simmons plays defense better than anybody in the major leagues does any one specific skill… He is redefining the defense at that position.”
3B: David Wright, NYM (Rany & Joe)
OF: Ryan Braun, MIL; Andrew McCutchen, PHI; Carlos Beltran, STL (Rany & Joe)
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