Found March 30, 2012 on Monkey with a Halo:

The March 30th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Bobby Abreu might get traded to Cleveland, Isringhausen is waiting to hear his roster fate today, Scioscia is ready to raise the playing time limit on Trumbo at third base and much more...

The Story: As of last night, there was a potential deal in place to send Bobby Abreu to the Cleveland Indians.

The Monkey Says: Things may have changed since I wrote this, but this is not a done deal yet and may not get done at all as the teams are reportedly haggling over how much of Abreu's salary the Angels will eat.  Whatever the figure, the Commissioner's Office will have to sign off, which will only delay matters further.  The current incarnation of this rumor has the Angels acquiring outfielder (and prospect bust) Trevor Crowe, but Jon Heyman, who broke the trade news first, claims that whatever deal Crowe was in is a "no-go" but that it may not have been an Abreu trade.  Nonetheless, the Angels are clearly intent on moving Abreu and want to get it done, which is almost certainly why he was sent off to work on the side instead of in a game yesterday.  One has to imagine though that if this falls through, the Angels will just have to release Abreu since this would be their second failed effort to deal him away.

The Story: Jason Isringhausen will learn if he made the Opening Day roster today.

The Monkey Says: He pitched well again yesterday, so he should make the team, especially since the Angel relievers are a bit dinged up right now.

The Story: Mike Scioscia is going to raise the ceiling on games Mark Trumbo will play at third base this season.

The Monkey Says: Trumbo is getting mostly positive reviews for his transition to the hot corner and Scioscia is impressed enough to say that Trumbo will get more playing time at third than the original 40-50 games he had been targeting going into the season.  He hasn't said what the new target is, but 60-80 games sounds pretty reasonable and it could be even more if he progresses as a hitter.  Oh yeah, we've kind of forgotten all about that, huh?  Trumbo actually still needs to improve at the plate to make this experiment worthwhile.

The Story: Reliever Francisco "The Other One" Rodriguez has been demoted to the minors.

The Monkey Says: He was a longshot to make the roster to begin with, so this is no surprise and all but assures that Kevin Jepsen will get the final spot in the bullpen.

The Story: ESPN SweetSpot pre-voted on the AL Cy Young with Dan Haren finishing fourth and Weaver finishing fifth.

The Monkey Says: Last year, Dan Haren was underrated.  However, it looks like that he will be so underrated that he overrated by the end of this season.

The Story: Jorge Cantu could potentially do a lot for the Angels.

The Monkey Says: I fail to understand the infatuation with Cantu.  He hasn't hit for a season and a half and hasn't hit for power in three seasons.  He is a miserable fielder at third base.  The Angels have no real need for a pinch-hitter or another back-up first baseman.  Even if this Abreu trade does happen, I still don't think Cantu makes the roster.

The Story: Attempting to conjure up a manager WAR or wins above expectancy metric, with early results showing Scioscia's greatness.

The Monkey Says: The stats are in their nascent stages, but I think it says something that Scioscia ranks so even compared back to some of the all-time greats.

The Story: A look at a potential deep sleeper prospect, Jett Bandy.

The Monkey Says: Great info here because I didn't realize Bandy had such potential.  I just thought he had potential to have one of the greatest names ever and nothing more.



Angels trading Abreu to Indians?

The Angels are on the verge of trading disgruntled outfielder Bobby Abreu to the Cleveland Indians, according to a report. Peter Greenberg, the agent for the 38-year-old veteran, said Thursday night that he had not received confirmation from either club about a deal, and neither the Angels nor Indians would comment. Abreu's potential role with the Angels seemed...

Report: Angels trying to trade Abreu to Indians

The Los Angeles Angels are trying to put together a trade that would send outfielder Bobby Abreu to the Cleveland Indians,'s Jon Heyman reported Thursday. Abreu's playing time probably would be limited with the Angels because of the many outfielders and designated hitters on the roster. But the Indians need an outfielder with Grady Sizemore probably out until...

Report: Abreu deal 'fell apart'

The trade that would send Bobby Abreu to the Cleveland Indians apparently has hit a snag and might not get completed. Baseball columnist Jon Heyman of tweeted that he was "hearing (the) Abreu deal fell apart" early Friday afternoon. Long-time Indians writer Paul Hoynes of The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer earlier tweeted that the deal might still get done, but...

Angels reliever Isringhausen on team

At least one veteran's job with the Angels is secure. While engaging the Cleveland Indians in trade talks for outfielder Bobby Abreu, the Angels have informed 39-year-old reliever Jason Isringhausen that he will be on the 25-man opening day roster, signing a major league contract Friday morning. As for the disgruntled Abreu, who is unhappy with his reduced role, talks with the...

Abreu, Angels part ways as Indians acquire DH (UPDATED)

It’s been a long time coming.  Tony Reagins’ tenure as GM still stings in the hearts of Angels fans.  But on Thursday evening, it began to hurt a little less as rumors swirled of a possible deal between the Angels and the Cleveland Indians.  After Abreu had a solid year in 2009, the Angels brilliant former GM got the idea to sign the 36 year old DH to a three year deal worth...

Bobby Abreu 'on verge' of being traded to Cleveland

This just in, Jon Heyman is reporting that the Angels are on the verge of trading malcontent ******* OF/DH Bobby Abreu to the Cleveland Indians. #indians, #angels on verge of abreu trade — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) March 30, 2012 Like Heyman, said, it is on the verge, so nothing is official yet.  We don't even know who the Angels are getting, but there are reports...

Isringhausen added to Angels' big league roster

Jason Isringhausen has made the Los Angeles Angels' roster and is set for his 16th major league season. The Angels' selected the contract of the 39-year-old reliever from Triple-A Salt Lake on Friday and optioned outfielder Mike Trout to the minor league team. Isringhausen gets a $650,000, one-year contract and the chance to earn $200,000 in performance bonuses: $50,000...

Bobby Abreu Traded to Indians

Anaheim Angels outfielder/DH Bobby Abreu let it be known that he wasn’t happy with his situation in Anaheim. Kendry Morales has come back and hit well during the spring, which has forced the Angels to decide whether to give in to Abreu’s demands for regular at-bats or trade him. Well, it appears that they’ve decided

Pebble Hunting: Your Job Sucks, and So Does Bobby Abreu's by Sam Miller

Back in December, Ken Rosenthal tucked this into a column about Bobby Abreu: “Abreu, who turns 38 on March 11, is not the type to demand a trade, but he would welcome one, according to sources with knowledge of his thinking.” The news in that sentence was that Abreu would welcome a trade, but the most telling part was that Abreu “is not the type to demand a trade.” To oversimplify...

Abreu trade on hold: Indians make roster moves, one spot in pen and one in OF remain

Piecing together various reports around the Tribe beat reporter universe, it appears that OF Russ Canzler, RP Nick Hagadone, C Luke Carlin, INF Andy LaRoche, and pitchers Chris Ray, Chris Seddon and Robinson Tejada have been sent back to the minor leagues. OF Felix Pie and C Matt Pagnozzi will remain with the team until the end of spring training, but will not be on the big league...

Trade involving OF Bobby Abreu falls apart, he remains with Angels

It was believed yesterday, that a trade between the Cleveland Indians and the Los Angeles Angels had been reached, potentially sending OF Bobby Abreu to the Indians. Late in the afternoon, the deal fell apart with the amount of money the Indians would absorb this season reportedly being the sticking point. Abreu, 38, is coming off the worst season of his career and has...

The Indians: If Abreu, Why Not Damon?

Reports last night suggested that the Angels and Indians were working on a deal that would ship Bobby Abreu‘s discontented soul to Cleveland. The deal has apparently fallen apart, and right now, it doesn’t look like Abreu’s going to get his wish to get out of Anaheim. However, Buster Olney raised an interesting question this morning: Just a thought: If CLE willing to trade...

Halo Headlines: Isringhausen survives big test, Morales takes a break, Cassevah and Kohn bound for the DL

The March 29th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels ...

After a month in the desert, the Angels dry spell is over

With Spring Training coming to a close, I was fortunate enough to catch a couple of Angels’ games this past weekend.  I wouldn’t make the normal trip to Tempe Diablo Stadium, however. This year, I ventured out to Maryvale and Surprise to watch the Angels take on the Brewers and the Rangers. Last spring, I made my first trip out to Spring Training. Having been an Angel fan all...
MLB 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!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
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.