Originally written on Monkey with a Halo  |  Last updated 11/17/14
The September 10th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Richards earns 2014 rotation spot, more Trout-Cabrera MVP debate and much more... The Story: Jerry Dipoto has said that Garrett Richards "absolutely" earned a spot in the 2014 rotation. The Monkey Says: Richards has posted a 2.96 ERA, .634 OPS allowed, 6.59 K/9, 3.13 BB/9 and 0.49 HR/9 since returning to the rotation. Those peripherals don't really match up to the ERA, but even once that regresses, he should still be pretty good as his FIP of 3.34 suggests. That gives the Halos three rotation members for sure, possibly four if they re-sign Vargas. That is a solid but not spectacular rotation. Who fills the final spot (assuming Vargas stays) will be a huge decision for whoever the GM is next season. The Story: Jon Heyman debates the Trout-Cabrera MVP battle and the merits of WAR. The Monkey Says: The long and short of it is that Heyman doesn't trust WAR partly because he doesn't seem to fully understand it and partly because he falsely assumes that it is supposed to be an ironclad end all-be all metric. There is noise in WAR, even the creators admit that. The question is how much noise can there really be when the gap between Trout and Cabrera is so big like it was last year. The Story: The Trout-Cabrera debate is really more about RBIs. The Monkey Says: This jumps off of the Heyman column and is more a commentary on slavish devotion to old school stats. To be honest, I haven't heard a lot of people point to RBIs in this debate, though I think some of that is columnists knowing that they are just going to get shamed for doing so. As I have been saying for weeks, the real issue is the Angels suck and the Tigers are pretty good. The Story: Howie Kendrick will be activated from the DL at some point this week. The Monkey Says: But he probably won't play until the Houston series so that he doesn't have to run around on the concrete in Toronto. Once he is back, it will be interesting to see how Scioscia uses Grant Green. They have a hole at third with Jimenez ailing, but the team has said Green isn't ready for that yet. But what harm could it really do? The Story: John Hester has been called up to the active roster. The Monkey Says: With a third catcher in place, expect Scioscia to pinch-hit for his starting catcher even more freely now. The rest of the September call-ups will have to wait for at least another few days as both Bees, Travs and 66ers have all advanced to the next round of their respective playoffs. [follow]
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Ray Rice wins appeal, can sign with any team

Athletics deal Josh Donaldson to Blue Jays for Brett Lawrie

Ohio governor decrees playoff committee honorary Ohioans

Lance Stephenson becoming a problem with the Hornets?

Tony Romo: I promise I'll be better next week

Seahawks could wait to address Russell Wilson's contract

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: SMU football to hire Clemson offensive coordinator

Dez Bryant: Eagles were ‘kinda cheap’

Hockey goalie rushes into stands to perform CPR on fan

49ers CEO Jed York apologizes for unacceptable performance

Family searching for missing Ohio State football player

CM Punk opens up about leaving WWE, says he'll never return

Mavs' Aminu knocks padding off backboard with dunk

What if the Chargers refused to trade Eli Manning?

Why is there a red seat hanging in the Mall of America?

WATCH: Mickey Rourke TKO’d a man half his age in Moscow

What's next for the 49ers?

The most tone-deaf tweet ever?

Five bold predictions for Week 13 in the NFL

Brady Quinn pens 'note' to Jets quarterback Geno Smith

Bills center Eric Wood gained 7.4 pounds at Thanksgiving

Cubs reliever somehow OK after being involved in awful accident

Seahawks players throw shade at 49ers after victory

Five takeaways from NFL's Thanksgiving Day action

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.

What if the Chargers didn't trade Eli?

Dez Bryant: Eagles were ‘kinda cheap’

Ray Rice wins appeal, can sign with any team

What's next for the 49ers?

The most tone-deaf tweet ever?

Is Lance a problem for the Hornets?

5 NFL takeaways from Thanksgiving

WATCH: Ronda Rousey talks Eminem

CM Punk opens up about leaving WWE

Wrigley renovation may be delayed

Steelers could have been America's Team

John Beilein upset with ESPN

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.