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By Christian Ilten, AngelsWin.com Contributor --
The date is December 8th, 2012. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, who had recently completed the 50th Year in Franchise History decided that the 2 year reign of the Texas Rangers would be halted, as owner Arte Moreno went all in, with the aid of GM Jerry Dipoto, signing a 10 year contract with slugger Albert Pujols, along with the premier pitcher of the 2011-2012 offseason, Left Handed Pitcher CJ Wilson. 2 days later, the new Southern California Superstars are introduced to around 4,200 fans at a public press conference to introduce the players to the media in front of Angel Stadium... The Angels were finally going to get back to the post season with a bolstered lineup, and what looked to be one of the best rotations in baseball, starting with ace Jered Weaver, continuing on with Wilson, Santana, Haren, and either Jerome Williams or Garret Richards would hold the 5 spot... and then... the 2012 season happened...
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The February 22nd, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Scott Downs interested in an extension, Cordero's return from tragedy and much more...
The Story: Scott Downs is interested in signing a contract extension.
The Monkey Says: Yeah, not so much. Downs was terrible in the second half of last season and plagued by shoulder problems, so even...
Yep, he's still here. The object of every Angels fan's ire, Vernon Wells is back for a third season of what is sure to be more disappointment even though the bar continues to get lower and lower.
2012 Stats: 262 PA, .230 AVG, .279 OBP, .403 SLG, 36 R, 1 HR, 29 RBI, 3 SB, 1 CS, 35 K, .296 wOBA, 91 OPS+, 0.6 fWAR
2013 ZiPS Projections: 449 PA, .248AVG, .290 OBP, .426...
A major part of Jerry Dipoto's bullpen rebuilding plan, Sean Burnett brings a lot to the table, including a crooked hat, question marks about his health and ability to repeat his stellar 2012 performance.
2012 Stats: 56.2 IP, 1-2, 2 SV, 2.38 ERA. 2.79 FIP, 58 H, 12 BB, 4 HR, 57 SO, 2.51 GB/FB, 1.1 fWAR
2013 ZiPS Projections: 56.1 IP, 3.51 ERA. 3.40 FIP, 54 H, 17 BB, 5...
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