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The Angels have agreed to terms with veteran utility player Bill Hall, 33, on a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.
The right-handed-hitting Hall, who can play third base, shortstop, second base and the outfield, will compete for a reserve spot with the Angels, who watched him work out Tuesday in Phoenix. But he is also open to playing at triple-A Salt Lake, which is short on right-handed bats, General Manager Jerry Dipoto said.
Hall has played with six teams over the last four years and spent most of 2012 at triple-A Norfolk, where he hit .246 in 90 games, with 15 homers and 45 runs batted in.
He appeared in only seven big league games for the Baltimore Orioles.
Hall spent the first eight years of his career in Milwaukee and had his best season in 2006, when he hit .270 with 35 homers, 39 doubles and 85 RBIs.
His split contract with the Angels will pay him a little more than 500,000 a year if hes on the big-league roster.
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The Angels avoided arbitration with reliever Kevin Jepsen on Tuesday, agreeing to terms with the hard-throwing right-hander on a 1.181-million deal for 2013 that includes an awards package.
Jepsen, who rebounded from 2011 knee surgery to go 3-2 with a 3.02 earned-run average in 49 appearances last season, had asked for 1.4 million, and the team countered with 975,000, a fairly sizeable...
Even after signing free agent right-hander Jair Jurrjens,
the Baltimore Orioles continue to pursue left-hander Joe Saunders, according to
Dan Connolly of The Baltimore Sun.
Here’s what I know for sure -- at least heading into Monday:
Both sides still want a marriage and are hopeful it will happen, but both have
a pretty clear idea of what it will take, and neither...
Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols says he hopes to play for the Dominican Republic after the second round of the World Baseball Classic.
The first baseman and three-time NL MVP had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in October. He would need special permission from the Angels to take part in the Classic.
Pujols told a Dominican radio show that the Angels support him...
Los Angeles Times' Mike DiGiovanna reports that RyanMadson, signed this winter with hopes of him claiming the Halo's closer role,
may not be ready to make the opening bell.
Madson, 32, underwent Tommy John surgery last April,
which caused the then Cincinnati Red to miss the entire 2012 season. The
Angels signed the 6'6", 202 lb. right-hander to a one-year...
The Baltimore Orioles still appear to be in the market for a
reliever, and the team is even a potential match for free agent right-hander
Kyle Lohse, according to Dan Connolly of The Baltimore Sun.
Lohse is a fit for the Orioles as a veteran sinker-baller that could sit atop their starting rotation. But Baltimore is hesitant to
acquire him for his current cost, which is...
The Angels have reached an agreement with Japanese reliever Hiroyuki Kobayashi on a minor league deal that is expected to include an invitation to spring training.
Kobayashi, a 34-year-old right-hander, has a 26-36 career record and 3.65 earned run average in five seasons in Japan, in which he pitched for Chiba Lotte and Hanshin. He went 1-5 with a 3.00 ERA in 42 games for Hanshin...
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The Mets have signed LaTroy Hawkins to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale (on Twitter).
The 40-year-old Hawkins was effective in 42 innings for the Angels last season, pitching to a 3.64 ERA, 4.9 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9.
His fastball still averaged 92.3 mph, according to FanGraphs, though his 5.4% swinging strike...
Past Kyle Lohse and Javier Vazquez, the best free agent starting pitcher left on the market is probably Joe Saunders, last of the Orioles. Saunders reportedly has a two year, $15 million offer on the table, which is ridiculous to me. That's what Joe Blanton got from the Angels (plus a club option for a third year), and Blanton is a better pitcher across the board than Saunders...
We all know that the Orioles had an amazing year in 2012.
Despite an offseason that should be filled with promise, I’m rather frustrated at the development of the team so far. The Orioles did go ahead a sign some minor league talent, mainly outfielder Chris Dickerson, who has had some decent numbers in part-time; however, the big moves that were thought were coming probably...
Omar Vizquel has been hired by the Los Angeles Angels as a roving infield instructor.
The 45-year-old Vizquel played for Toronto as a reserve infielder last season, finishing up his 24-year major league career with 2,877 hits. The three-time All-Star won 11 Gold Gloves.
Vizquel is interested in eventually becoming a manager. He'll work with the Angels' major leaguers and...
A major topic of pointless debate in the world of Angels fans is "who should bat second in the Angels lineup?"
Erick Aybar because speedy!
Alberto Callaspo because bat skills!
Howie Kendrick because MOAR FASTBALLZ!
Chris Iannetta because walks!
Josh Hamilton because I'm smarter than you!
Everyone has a good case for their guy, some of you more...
The MWAH prospect countdown marches on with another one of the many power bullpen arms collected in this year's draft.
Position: Relief Pitcher Highest Level: Rookie
Throws: Right Height: 6'2" Weight: 180 lbs.
Age: 21 Born: 5/5/91
2012 Season Stats
Rookie: 28.0 IP, 0-1, 4 SV, 5.46 ERA, 22 H, 15 BB, 4 HR, 31 SO, 1.23 GO/AO, 4.94 FIP...
The Mets announced they have signed free-agent RHP LaTroy Hawkins to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training.
If Hawkins makes the team, he will earn a base salary of $1 million with chance to earn more in incentives.
The 40-year old Hawkins spent last year with the Los Angeles Angels where he went 2-3 with a 3.49 ERA. In 42 innings pitched he posted a 4.9 strikeout rate...
The New York Mets signed reliever LaTroy Hawkins to a minor-league deal that includes an invitation to Spring Training, according to a USA Today report. Hawkins, 40, posted a 3.64 ERA in 42 innings for the Los Angeles Angels in 2012. The Mets will become Hawkins' 10th organization should he make the roster.