Found December 05, 2012 on
Monkey with a Halo:
Well, the Zack Greinke era was fun while it lasted. Though Greinke has yet to pick a new home, it appears that the Angels have raised the white flag on bringing him back with the breaking news that they are on the verge of signing veteran innings-eater Joe Blanton:
Source: #Angels close to signing RHP Joe Blanton to one-year deal. He pitched for #Phillies/#Dodgers last season. @joeontheradio tweeted 1st
— Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) December 6, 2012
This is obviously far from official, but Joe McDonnell first broke the story and while he doesn't break a lot of news, he is almost always right when he does.
In a vacuum, there is nothing wrong with Joe Blanton. He is basically a league average or slightly below starter who is a virtual lock for 190+ uninspiring innings and 200+ mildly offensive fat jokes. He has a reasonable K% rate and is stingy with walks but generous with homers. These are all perfectly fine if the Angels intend to use him as their fifth starter.
The problem is we don't know where in the rotation totem pole Blanton is going to slot. Given that he won't be super cheap, this all but guarantees that the Angels are punting on Zack Greinke, but does this mean Blanton is assuming his slot? If so, then the back three of the rotation is Hanson-Blanton-Richards. That could get real ugly, real fast, though there is some upside. However, it would also leave the Angels with upwards of $10 million to spend potentially, which leads me to believe that Blanton is, in fact, being brought in to replace Garrett Richards in the rotation.
That would be a bold choice since Richards has some real upside, but there are plenty of rumors abound that the team is not terribly pleased with his attitude, not to mention valid concerns that he is more suited for relief work. At best, the moves Richards to the pen where he is a real weapon and very viable rotation depth along with Jerome Williams. You can never have too much of either of those. At worst, it means Richards is going to be moved, and that is not a bad thing at all. As I said, he still has plenty of upside, so he could be a very big trade chip as the Halos seek to find a higher end starter to complete the rotation. So, if either of those scenarios prove to be true, then this is hard to complain about, even if it isn't a "sexy" move.
UPDATE: Jon Heyman is now reporting the deal is actually for two years and a total of $15 million, which, if true, makes this signing a little harder to stomach, though it probably supports the idea that Blanton is here to bump Garrett Richards out of the rotation.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
The Los Angeles Dodgers are “determined” to sign free agent
Zack Greinke, no matter the cost, and it’s pretty clear they are going to extend
the right-hander his largest offer of the winter, reports Jon Heyman of
But it seems pretty clear who is going to offer Greinke the
biggest deal. The Dodgers seem determined to sign him, no matter the cost.
The Zack Greinke sweepstakes appear to have come down to two
teams, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Texas Rangers, reports Jon Heyman of CBS
it appears the Greinke derby is currently betw. the #rangers and #dodgers. belief is the deal likely to be for $160M-plus.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 5, 2012
Yesterday it was reported that the Dodgers are...
Well that was an exciting yet ultimately disappointing Winter Meetings, wasn't it? Sure the Angels made a few moves and more or less locked in their roster for the season, but they kind of forgot to bring in that one big piece that was going to make it all worthwhile, that would be a Mr. Zack Greinke.
Maybe I'm being presumptive, but with the money and roster spot they...
There is a growing sense in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization
that free agent right-hander Zack Greinke is going to wind up signing with the
Texas Rangers, reports Scott Miller of CBS Sports.
Growing feeling among #Dodgers people that Greinke may wind up w/ #Rangers. Reasoning: If he really wanted LA, could have signed by now
— Scott Miller (@ScottMCBS) December 6, 2012...
NASHVILLE Jerry Dipoto will never say never, because an opportunity might arise or Angels owner Arte Moreno might hand him the equivalent of a blank check to pursue a player like he did with Albert Pujols last winter.
But based on the general manager's actions over the past 10 days and his comments as he left the winter meetings Thursday, it is clear that pitcher Zack Greinke...
Joe Blanton's time in Los Angeles will not yet come to a close. However, he will be changing uniforms. Blanton has reportedly signed a deal with the Los Angeles Angels. He will move from Chavez Ravine to Anaheim.
According to both Jon Heyman of CBS Sports and Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, Blanton has signed a two-year deal with the Angels.
blanton gets 2 yrs, $15M
At this point, it will be an upset if the Texas Rangers do not land one of the top two free agents.
Could be outfielder Josh Hamilton. Could be right-hander Zack Greinke. Could be neither, likely will not be both.
The Rangers are competing for both players, major-league sources say, while also continuing to engage in trade discussions for Arizona right fielder Justin Upton, Tampa...
Credit: The LFP
The Zack Greinke saga is the story of the Winter Meetings, not only because he’s the top free agent out there, but also because he’s holding up the deals of other free agents as they’re all waiting on him.
Whatever he decides, it figures to be at least borderline historical, as Jon Heyman notes.
Strong belief by people close to situation is greinke can beat...
The final day of the Winter Meetings are upon us and with that comes this VERY IMPORTANT update on the Angels...
...the Angels have (drum roll, please) not done a damn thing.
Yep, nothing. Not one move. They haven't signed Greinke or any other starting pitcher. They haven't even brought in a semi-anonymous middle reliever to fill out the bullpen. They...
According to John Harper of the Daily News, the Texas Rangers would trade top hitting prospect Mike Olt for R.A. Dickey, but only if they first lose out on free-agent Zack Greinke AND are unable to trade for James Shields who is their top preference if they have to make a swap.
Meanwhile the Royals and Blue Jays are not that interested in Dickey and and prefer the Mets young...
A word of advice for certain baseball general managers: When dealing with Zack Greinke and Josh Hamilton: caveat emptor – let the buyer beware. I’m speaking to you, Ned Colletti, Jon Daniels, Jerry Dipoto, Jack Zduriencik. Daniels, the Rangers GM, knows of which I speak. Hamilton has been his headache for the [...]
Josh Hamilton, Zack Greinke, and Justin Upton are three pieces of three monster deals that could be on verge of either getting done at any moment, or fall apart at the last minute.
That’s all fine and dandy, but there are plenty of other players, serviceable players that are available that no one talks about.
Look at Randy Choate for example. According to Jon Morosi’s...
The goals of Texas and Arizona are driving talk of three- and
four-team blockbusters at the winter meetings ? and also might shed
light on what is happening with the two biggest free agents,
right-hander Zack Greinke and outfielder Josh Hamilton.
It appears the Marlins aren’t the only team wary of issuing no-trade clauses this offseason.
The Los Angeles Times reports the Dodgers could be reluctant to offer that type of protection to free agents this offseason. It’s a philosophy that team president Stan Kasten embraced since his days with the Braves and Nationals.
But that position could prevent the Dodgers from luring...