Originally written on Monkey with a Halo  |  Last updated 10/30/14
The July 11th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Angels interested in Phil Hughes, Trout OK with no Home Run Derby and much more... The Story: The Yankees are shopping Phil Hughes and the Angels might be interested. The Monkey Says: That is pure speculation on the part of Heyman, but Hughes is a guy that has been connected to the Angels for years. A free agent after this season, Hughes would just be a rental and the Halos don't really have the kind of hitters the Yanks are said to be looking for, so there is likely nothing that will come from this. That being said, I would not be surprised to see the Angels kick the tires on Hughes who is better than his numbers suggest because he is an extreme flyball pitcher which is a miserable fit for Yankee Stadium. Having the Halos just sign him this off-season to replace Blanton or Hanson would be a great upside bet since the rest of his peripherals are solid and the Big A is tailored to his tendencies. The Story: Mike Trout is OK with not participating in the Home Run Derby. The Monkey Says: He doesn't seem all that enamored with the idea, so let's all quite complaining that he didn't get asked to take part in a contrived and boring event. The Story: Erick Aybar credits Albert Pujols for calming his approach at the plate. The Monkey Says: Pujols has now fixed Trout and Aybar this season which makes him the most successful Angels hitting coach of the 21st century. Now if only he could turn his powers on himself, we'd be all set. The Story: Jason Vargas was cleared to resume throwing yesterday. The Monkey Says: This is great news as it keeps him on track to be back with the team by the end of the month. The Story: Several Angel players took part in Albert Pujols' charity golf event on Tuesday. The Monkey Says: They joke about the round of golf potentially messing up some swings, but their success against Travis Wood the next day suggests that maybe they should have avoided that golf tournament. The Story: Could Joe Blanton be the worst Angel pitcher ever? The Monkey Says: Probably not. Lest we forget that Scott Kazmir had a 5.94 ERA and -1.1 fWAR in 2010 and there were still four other pitchers with worse single-season WARs in franchise history. Blanton does have a 5.40 ERA, but his WAR is on the positive side of the ledger at 0.3 wins. The Story: Efren Navarro could be a suitable replacement for Albert Pujols if he has to go on the DL. The Monkey Says: For some reason this has become a thing. I've said it before and I will say it again: NAVARRO IS NOT A PROSPECT. He cannot hit, at least not for a first baseman. He has very little power, but that is being masked somewhat by playing in the extreme hitters' environment of the PCL. He does have some contact skills and is a slick fielder, but that makes him a weak bench option at best. Stop it, people. The Story: Draw the Angels' logo by hand from memory. The Monkey Says: The person who just typed a capital "A" is my hero. [follow]
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Bucs believed to be going for Marcus Mariota with No. 1 pick

Report: Wrigley Field renovation causing massive rat problem

Rex Ryan praises Patriots, calls Deflategate 'unfortunate'

Brady hopes Peyton Manning comes back next season

Report: Thibodeau’s relationship with Bulls 'beyond repair'

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Joe Montana pins blame for Deflategate on Tom Brady

NFLPA boss: No Deflategate interviews until after SB

Blandino: Deflategate no sting; PSI in footballs not logged in

Aaron Hernandez’s DNA found on bullet casing, joint near body

Thomas upset he was tested for PEDs over health statement

Marshawn’s press conference to end all press conferences

WATCH: Katy Perry cracks Deflategate, Marshawn jokes

Devon and Leah Still write a book for kids fighting cancer

Five potential heroes of Super Bowl XLIX

WATCH: Timberwolves throw shade at Kevin Love in promo

Tom Izzo: 'The Twitter' may have affected team's confidence

Measles outbreak hits Arizona days before Super Bowl

Proposed pace-of-play rule changes, by the numbers

Super Bowl XLIX should smash TV viewership record yet again

NFL, officials, Carroll disagree on ineligible player rules

Seattle business rolling 12,000 joints for Super Bowl

How Yardbarker got Marshawn Lynch to open up back in 2008

Super Bowl records that won't fall anytime soon

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Five potential Super Bowl XLIX heroes

Rex Ryan downplays Deflategate

Brady hopes Manning comes back

The worst Super Bowl commercials of all-time

SB anthem, halftime performers through the years

Super Bowl should smash TV records

Super Bowl records unlikely to fall

15 amazing Super Bowl XLIX stats

Teammate: Manziel not a joke

Ten most underrated SB performances

Knicks ‘in play’ for Kevin Durant?

Ex-QB: Everyone deflates footballs

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.