Found November 01, 2013 on Monkey with a Halo:
The November 1st, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Dipoto prefers to trade than pursue free agents, Vargas unlikely to get qualifying offer and much more... The Story: Jerry Dipoto says his off-season plan involves a preference for making trades. The Monkey Says: That is no surprise because he once again reiterated their need for young, controllable pitching and that is only available via trade. Some other tidbits Jerry dropped were that he considers it likely that third base will be manned by committee rather than an everyday guy and that Jepsen and Kohn are part of the bullpen going forward. That really only leaves one open bullpen spot though since one more spot, likely Blanton, will be held down by a long reliever. Of course Dipoto almost never lets on more than he has to, so this could all be a steaming pile of ********. The Story: The Angels are unlikely to give Jason Vargas a qualifying offer. The Monkey Says: Vargas could be deserving of one, but there is a risk he might take it and the Angels don't have the budget flexibility to absorb him potentially accepting the offer. I hope Jason enjoys San Diego. The Story: Mike Trout, Mark Trumbo and J.B. Shuck are all nominated for GIBBY awards. The Monkey Says:  Because what baseball really needs is more meaningless awards. The Story: Las Vegas is giving the Angels 15/1 odds to win the 2014 World Series. The Monkey Says: That ties them for the sixth-best odds behind the Dodgers, Tigers, Nationals, Cardinals and Red Sox.  That is a bet I am not interested in taking, at least not right now. Ask me again when pitchers and catchers report. The Story: The Marlins could target Mark Trumbo and Chris Iannetta via trade this winter. The Monkey Says: I am in no way convinced that the Marlins are going to be buying anything this winter. I certainly don't see why they would want Trumbo right as he is getting expensive. Iannetta I can understand since they are likely getting pressure from the league and union to up payroll this off-season and upgrading at a position where they have on real prospects and taking on a small chunk of salary would help them do that. If the Angels could get Cishek back in a trade involving Iannetta, that is worth making. This appears to all just be speculation from the Marlins beat writer though, not actual reported rumors. The Story: A review of Peter Bourjos' 2013 season and an insistence that he not be traded. The Monkey Says: I, too, love Speedy Petey, but I think he is far more likely to be traded and I actually kind of support it. I'm not happy about it, but I understand it. Best start making your peace with it now. [follow]

Angels unlikely to make Jason Vargas a qualifying offer; to pursue pitching via trade

The Angels have only one free agent, pitcher Jason Vargas, and they have until 2 p.m. Monday to decide whether to extend a one-year, $14.1-million qualifying offer to the left-hander who went 9-8 with a 4.02 earned-run average in 24 starts during an injury-plagued 2013 season. The Angels are not expected to make that offer because it would push them up against the $189-million luxury...

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Halo Headlines: forecasting the major 2013 awards, Angels spring training schedule released

The October 31st, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including forecasting the major 2013 awards, Angels spring training schedule released and much more... The Story: Forecasting the major 2013 awards. The Monkey Says: A cool idea to try and systematically determine the winner based on voting trends and leaderboards. It turns out their math is good enough...

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Would Mark Trumbo Be a Worthwhile Get This Winter?

As the World Series nears its conclusion the postseason is set to officially begin around MLB. Cue up the free agent and trade rumors. For us Friars fans we won’t be intently watching the free agent ticker as the team is likely to avoid entering that particular foray of player acquisition. Instead the Padres will focus on re-signing their own arbitration-eligible players and gauge...

Angels Ready To Deal Trumbo, Bourjos, Kendrick For Pitching

Early Tuesday morning, Buster Olney reported that the Los Angeles Angels would be willing to trade Mark Trumbo or Peter Bourjos in exchange for pitching. Angels beat writer Alden Gonzalez also includes infielders Howie Kendrick and Erick Aybar as pieces the Halos would deal for pitching. This is a road that the Mets have been down before and an actively debated one among Mets fans...

Angels Free Agency Primer: Bullpen

The Angels bullpen has been such a massive, raging brushfire the last few seasons that Australian fire departments keep mistakenly showing up in Anaheim to try and help put it out. We keep hearing about how bullpen arms are fungible assets and that teams should be able to stumble into a decent bullpen almost by accident, yet here we are heading into an off-season where the Halos...

Hot Stove Trade Speculation: Everyone Dreams of a Three Way

By Robert Cunningham, Contributor -  Disclaimer: This trade discussion is purely speculative in nature and presents an unlikely example of how the Angels can improve their roster for 2014. FanGraphs WAR stat is used to help evaluate player value, but it is merely a useful guide for this analysis. This article is meant to entertain and generate discussion! Teams...

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