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The December 4th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Angels falling out of Greinke bidding, have serious interest in Sean Burnett, exploring Lohse, Sanchez and Haren options and much more...
The Story: More reports surface that the Angels have fallen out of the race for Zack Greinke.
The Monkey Says: Here is what Dipoto had to say about those reports, "Sometimes speculation is just what it is, speculation." There are a lot of Greinke rumors floating around right now, mostly rehashing the same speculation that has been mentioned in recent weeks. Everyone still thinks the Dodgers will outbid everyone and the the Angels already think Zack is too expensive. I don't know how much we should put into Dipoto's quote other than he didn't take the opportunity to lower the fans' collective expectations, so that might be a good sign.
The Story: The Angels are said to have serious interest in lefty reliever Sean Burnett.
The Monkey Says: But a lot of teams are in on him too, so he could get priced out real quick. The Halos have also said that they intend to add one more reliever to the bullpen, so there should be more name cropping up soon and some have already mentioned Mike Adams. They won't, however, be in on Brian Wilson as Dipoto said yesterday that he was not interested in signing anymore relievers coming off major surgery.
The Story: Anibal Sanchez and maybe Kyle Lohse are emerging as fallback options for the Angels if they miss out on Greinke.
The Monkey Says: Sanchez makes a fair amount of sense, though I am not a big fan. Lohse though scares me and he might scare the Halos too as Alden Gonzalez followed up on this rumor and threw some water on the Lohse portion of it.
The Story: The Angels are on of many teams who are "in" on Edwin Jackson.
The Monkey Says: Jackson isn't bad, but he is basically a walking stopgap measure for contending teams to plug a rotation hole. The Angels can do better than this.
The Story: It is possible the Angels could turn back to Dan Haren if all else fails.
The Monkey Says: I don't see it. The Halos already cut him loose as they seemed scared of his injury issues. Now they would supposedly bring him back to a rotation that now includes another major health question mark in Tommy Hanson? I can't imagine Jerry Dipoto being willing to assume that much risk in the rotation.
The Story: Peter Bourjos is on the Phillies' trade wishlist.
The Monkey Says: Again, the article acknowledges that he likely isn't available but it makes me wonder if he really is since his name keeps on popping up in rumors. I'm just saying that while Dipoto may not be shopping Bourjos, it is quite possible that he is still very willing to entertain offers from anyone who wants to call about him.
The Story: A look at how close Anibal Sanchez might really be to replicating Zack Greinke's production.
The Monkey Says: I'm still not wild about Sanchez, but I am very slowly warming up to him, especially after reading this. I don't think he has the ability to dominate for stretches like Greinke, but Sanchez could be the reliable mid-rotation workhorse that the Angels need to restore balance to the rotation.
The Story: The Angels announced their Spring Training schedule with tickets going on sale December 20th.
The Monkey Says: Due to the impending birth of my second child, I won't be attending this year. However, my parents are retiring to Arizona this spring, so I'll definitely arrange to "visit the folks" during Spring Training most years going forward methinks.
BEST OF MAXIM
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...
The LA Dodgers have blank check capabilities and the best free agent of the year in Zack Greinke within their reach. But is making contact the best move?The post Money, Cash, Throws: Zack Greinke And Big Dodger Dollars appeared first on The Sports Fan Journal.
"Maybe it works out better that the deal [with Washington] didn’t go
through. In two years I might be a free agent, and then they get to
keep the players [who would have been] in the trade. And some of those
guys could end up being key players for them."(Zack Greinke, via Washington Post, 3/22/2011)
And so, here we are two years after Zack Greinke snubbed...
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...
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 ill-advised "mutli-year contracts to relievers" train continued to roll along on Wednesday, with the Angels signing Sean Burnett (last of the Nationals) to a two-year, $8 million deal and the Cardinals signing Randy Choate (last of the Dodgers) to a three-year, $7.5 million deal.
Both of these relievers owe Brandon League and Jonathan Broxton a fistbump for setting...
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...
The baseball offseason is entering its second month, and so far the biggest story has been the Miami Marlins salary dump.
Thats about to change.
The annual winter meetings begin Monday at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn., the ideal site for an event headlined by free agents Zack Greinke and Josh Hamilton.
The elaborate Opryland think sprawling...
The December 3rd, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including reaction to the Hanson-Walden trade, Angels lose out on Fujikawa, Greinke meeting with teams and much more...
The Story: The Tommy Hanson trade is unikely to pay off for the Angels.
The Monkey Says: So says Keith Law and most baseball people. The word seems to be out that Hanson...
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.
So all the exciting Winter Meetings deals are gonna come on the last day? It's like Frank and Zach from MTV's Challenge have taken over the Winter Meetings and ruined them too. Give me back Evan and Kenny and CT! In the words of T.J. Lavin, they killed it! Sorry, I didn't have any balloons set up to fall when Sean Burnett signed a deal. Maybe Greinke will finally...