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The January 15th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Angels announce spring training invitees, Trout catches 550-pound fish and much more...
The Story: The Angels released their full list of non-roster invitees for training camp.
The Monkey Says: Most of them were already known, none of them are very exciting. Luis Rodriguez and Brendan Harris are probably the only two with a shot at winning a roster spot, but neither is very likely.
The Story: Mike Trout caught a 550-pound grouper on a recent family fishing trip.
The Monkey Says: When will this fish-on-fish crime end? Will they never learn?
The Story: Jim Bowden believes the Angels' signing of Joe Blanton is a move that will backfire.
The Monkey Says: He is primarily concerned with why they felt they had to give him a two-year deal. Somehow he finds that contract more concerning than the nine-figure, five-year deal given to the injury-prone, recovering addict with a rapidly declining contact rate.
The Story: Ryan Madson is glad he learned to handle the pressure of closing in front of the harsh Philadelphia fans.
The Monkey Says: That's a good point. When he blows his first save in Anaheim, he'll feel like he died and went to heaven after receiving only a small smattering of boos.
The Story: Scott Spiezio is only just now working on transitioning to life after baseball.
The Monkey Says: Considering all the struggles he has gone through since he last played in the majors, it is great to see that he is putting is life back together again.
The Story: Who will bat second for the Angels this season?
The Monkey Says: I covered this awhile ago, but my bet is Scioscia will tab Aybar, however I think I would prefer Callaspo or perhaps a situation where Bourjos bats second against lefties and Aybar or Callaspo against righties. The shame of it though is Kendrick should be the perfect fit but he has failed miserably in that slot for some reason whenever given a chance.
The Story: What will Trout and Harper do for encores in 2013?
The Monkey Says: What will it take for people to stop linking these two when they really have very little in common and have never faced each other on the field?
The Story: The Angels have the top ranked middle-of-the-order in baseball according to the Sporting News.
The Monkey Says: On paper at least. It really assumes a lot of Mark Trumbo and a lesser amount from Josh Hamilton, which is why I am actually leaning towards the Tigers as having a better 3-4-5, not that it actually matters who is best.
The Story: Albert Pujols ranks as the third best first baseman heading into 2013.
The Monkey Says: It is amazing to think he ranks that low, but it is even more amazing to think that I actually kind of agree.
The Story: Keith Johnson and his staff will return for the 2013 season for the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees.
The Monkey Says: I'm not sure why, but my understanding is Salt Lake fans are not a big fan of Johnson, so I'm sure this isn't going to be received warmly.
BEST OF MAXIM
THAT'S A HUGE FISH!
Over the weekend we noticed that Mike Trout, his family, and most importantly his girlfriend Jessica Cox were heading to Key West for a little vacation. They seem like a rather tame bunch so we weren’t expecting much, especially with the whole family joining them. We checked his Twitter account this morning anyways, just doing our due dilligence, and what we saw was even better...
Baseball fans have been waiting for the day when Mike Trout would come back from an ocean expedition with a giant aquatic animal at the end of a pole.
It would be a day for wordplay and wittiness, of puns and potshots. What else can you ask for when you have a great outfielder named Trout?
But alas, Trout has caught his first fish, and it’s so big that we can only tip our hats...
Every offseason you've been accustomed to our long winded season preview of the Los Angeles Angels -- and while you're still going to get one from AngelsWin.com in the upcoming weeks -- here's a different twist on what's to come from the Los Angeles Angels in 2013, from Rafael Rodriguez - AngelsWin.com's Video Producer.
Ladies and Gentlemen, here are the winners of our 'Best Of 2012' series voted on by the fans and members at AngelsWin.com. A GREAT job all around to everyone involved and BIG thank you to all you who participated in the voting. There was incredible moments and contributions from our writing staff this past here. Here's some of the best of 2012 below.
The Angels avoided arbitration with pitcher Jerome Williams on Tuesday, agreeing to terms with the right-hander on a 2-million contract for 2013.
Four other Angels -- pitchers Jason Vargas, Tommy Hanson and Kevin Jepsen and third baseman Alberto Callaspo -- filed for salary arbitration Tuesday and are set to exchange figures Friday. If the team and players can't come to terms...
By Gregory Bird - AngelsWin.com Columnist
Can our new number two hitter be as productive as Hunter was for the Halos last year? Can the Angels fill the hole left by Torii’s departure or will it be a black hole? How can the Angels maximize their production and fulfill their preseason billing as the most dynamic offense in the Majors? In trying to tackle this I discovered it was...
Right-hander Jerome Williams and the Los Angeles Angels avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a $2 million, one-year contract that more than doubles his pay.
The 31-year-old went 6-8 with a 4.58 ERA for the Angels last season in 15 starts and 17 relief appearances. He made $820,000.
Williams likely will start the season as a long reliever for Los Angeles this spring, with Jered...
Is it just me, or does it seem as if Mark Trumbo is destined to find himself in the hot seat every off-season? At this time last year there were questions floating about regarding Mark Trumbo and his ability to play third base every day. Mark Trumbo proved his critics right, playing terrible defense at the hot corner for only 8 games before finding refuge in the outfield. Trumbo...
After a quick glance at the Top 15 list it should be fairly clear that this is one of the weakest minor league systems in Major League Baseball. Poor drafts (mainly due to lost draft picks from free agent acquisitions) and trades have decimated the system, which has almost no starting pitcher depth to speak of.
#1 Kaleb Cowart (3B)
Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles times reports that reigning American League Rookie of the Year and MVP runner-up Mike Trout will not accept an invitation from the United States officials to play in the World Baseball Classic. Even more telling, the source was his agent:
[Trout's Agent Craig] Landis said that Trout “just wanted a regular spring-training preparation,”...
The MWAH prospect countdown marches on with yet another left-handed reliever but one who hasn't even thrown a pitch in the Angels organization yet.
Position: Relief Pitcher Highest Level: Triple-A
Throws: Left Height: 6'2" Weight: 220 lbs.
Age: 27 Born: 7/13/85
2012 Season Stats
Triple-A: 67.1 IP, 3-2, 8 SV, 2.54 ERA, 59 H, 32 BB,...
The Los Angeles Angels will have one less player to worry about come arbitration hearing time. They have signed Jerome Williams to a one-year deal so the team and the pitcher will avoid arbitration this year. Four other Angels' players filed for salary arbitration yesterday.
Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times says the one-year deal between the Angels and Williams...
The January 16th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Williams avoid arbitration, Wilson '0% concerned' about being ready for training camp and much more...
The Story: Jerome Williams avoided arbitration with a $2 million contract.
The Monkey Says: Jerome was lucky to get tendered a contract and even still might have to fight...
The Single-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels are rolling out a tasty promotion this season.On Friday, April 5, the Inland 66ers will hold Farewell to Twinkies Night on the heels of the announcement that Hostess is shutting down their operations.The organization has also extended an offer to actor Woody Harrelson, who in 2009, starred as the Twinkie obsessed Tallahassee in the...