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The Los Angeles Angels have signed veteran left-hander Dontrelle Willis out of the independent Atlantic League.
The Angels assigned the two-time All-Star and former NL Rookie of the Year to Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday.
The 31-year-old Willis had a league-leading 2.56 ERA in 14 starts with the Long Island Ducks this season.
Willis hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2011 with Cincinnati, and has struggled with numerous injuries and an anxiety disorder over the years.
He went to spring training with Philadelphia in 2012, pitched in the Baltimore's system later that year, and went to camp with the Chicago Cubs last spring.
Willis began his career with the Florida Marlins, winning a World Series ring as a rookie in 2003, and later pitched for Detroit and Arizona.
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Dontrelle Willis is not ready to call it a career. I feel like I've typed those words before, and I have. The former sensation has struggled for years to catch on with a team, but he refuses to hang up the spikes. Willis has agreed to a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Angels.
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The pitching thin Los Angeles Angels have signed Dontrelle Willis from the independent Atlantic League Long Island Ducks.
“Dontrelle has been outstanding on the mound this season,” said Ducks president and GM Michael Pfaff in a statement. "We wish him the best of luck with the Angels organization.”
By Robert Cunningham, AngelsWin.com Contributor -
This season has had more than its share of disappointments
for Angel’s fans and one of the biggest disappointments has been the struggles
of Josh Hamilton at the plate.
Simply put Josh has been swinging at a lot of pitches
outside of the strike zone and, when he does put the ball in play, he has not
hit the ball quite as...
Last year, the AL MVP debate turned into something resembling a culture war, with Miguel Cabrera representing the traditional methods of player evaluation while Mike Trout was the darling of the sabermetric community. In the final tally, Cabrera won in a landslide, receiving 22 of the 28 first place votes, but Trout and Cabrera were #1 and #2 on 27 of the 28 ballots submitted, with...
ANAHEIM, Calif. Angels second baseman Howie Kendrick has avoided a trip to the disabled list, at least for the next few days, after suffering a sprained left knee Monday night.
An MRI on Tuesday showed no structural damage, manager Mike Scioscia said, so the team will wait to see how quickly Kendrick recovers.
"The long and short of it is, we'll give him four or five...
Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson had some harsh words for the 13 players who were suspended by Major League Baseball on Monday in the wake of the Biogenesis investigation, especially the one who got the stiffest penalty, New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.
"It's good for the game that they're finally getting him on something," Wilson, the team's union...
Mike Scioscia is widely regarded as one of the best managers in the game. His team plays a National League style, never hesitating to lay down a bunt when needed.
The last few years the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have been in uncharted waters. They spent big bucks on the best power hitters in the game; Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton and they haven't delivered. C.J. Wilson...
The August 6th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Madson released, Kendrick suffers hyperextended knee and much more...
The Story: The Angels released Ryan Madson.
The Monkey Says: Well, so much for that signing. There was obviously no point in bringing Madson onto the roster this season, so they must've worked out a deal with him to just...
Ryan Madson's one-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels is officially a bust. He was coming off Tommy John surgery in 2011 and missed the entire 2012 season when the Angels signed him to a one-year deal. Unfortunately, Madson has not made much progress in his recovery and has not pitched at all this season. Now, the Angels have released him.
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The Angels season is over from a competitive standpoint. Nothing left to do but to play out the games and see what you have headed into 2014. Interestingly enough, it appears as though a few "quarterback controversies" are beginning to develop within the organization. In fact, looking at the Angels' system right now, the future is chalk full of position battles...
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Mike Trout - Just look at his slash line this week: .500/.719/.833. I mean, what can I even say about that?
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Jered Weaver - Weaver has given up three earned runs or less in seven...
Shortly after the Los Angeles Angels lost Howie Kendrick to a hyperextended knee, they lost yet another game to the Texas Rangers.
At least it didn't happen on yet another late homer, which would have made an ugly day even more painful.
Adrian Beltre homered, Martin Perez pitched into the seventh inning, and the Rangers beat the Angels 5-2 Monday night after losing All-Star...
The August 7th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including C.J. Wilson slams suspended PED users, Green called up, Kendrick avoids serious injury and much more...
The Story: C.J. Wilson ripped Alex Rodriguez and the other players suspended in the Biogenesis scandal.
The Monkey Says: Wilson is the Angels' union rep, so this isn't just him running...
MONDAY, 8/5: Jerome Williams vs. Martin Perez: Do I really have to watch?
Seriously, I've got recap duty tonight and I am tempted to write it in advance. Williams is probably going to struggle to make it through five innings and the Angels will get shutdown by Perez because they inexplicably can't hit lefties despite all their best hitters...