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The November 30th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Angels interested in Dempster, Marlins covet Bourjos, David Courtney passes away and much more...
The Story: The Angels are amongst a handful of teams showing interest in Ryan Dempster.
The Monkey Says: Yuck. Dempster scares me. He was great with the Cubs before being traded, but was outperforming his peripherals but then he stunk up the joint in Texas, but underperformed his peripherals which were only slightly worse than they were with the Cubs. Basically, you don't know what you are going to get and that is not usually the kind of pitcher you target.
The Story: The Marlins want to add a center fielder and appear to covet Peter Bourjos.
The Monkey Says: That, of course, probably isn't going to happen because the Fish don't really have much that would interest the Angels and the Angels already seem to be set on using Bourjos as a starter now. However, I suppose that they could maybe swap Bourjos for young stud pitcher Jacob Turner and then replace Peter by signing someone like Nick Swisher. That probably isn't really a route they want to go down though.
The Story: Angels PA announcer David Courtney passed away yesterday.
The Monkey Says: So sad. Rest in peace, Mr. Courtney.
The Story: According to Jim Bowden the Angels have not shown significant interest in Kyle Lohse or Anibal Sanchez.
The Monkey Says: That may not mean anything though because A) Bowden isn't exactly a newsbreaker and B) both Lohse and Sanchez are both expected to hold off on any talks until after Greinke signs and set the market.
The Story: The Angels are "in play" for reliever Mike Adams.
The Monkey Says: Hard to say if that means the Angels have shown interest or if Adams' agent is trying to drum up the price for Adams by invoking the Angels' name. Frankly, it could be both.
The Story: If the Angels miss out on Greinke, they might choose to build up the bullpen rather than make big investments in rotation replacements.
The Monkey Says: Alden Gonzalez wrote almost the exact same thing too, so methinks this is Dipoto sending out signals. Whether they are legit or for the sake of misdirection is unclear. What is clear that having a kick ass bullpen is great but it is a luxury, There is no real point in having an amazing bullpen if the rotation stinks and can never hand the relievers a lead to protect, so I hope that this is just the Angel front office blowing smoke.
The Story: A look at the Angels' payroll constraints.
The Monkey Says: I hate to disagree with an actual reporter, but I have a hard time believing the Angels are going to slash payroll to the $140 million range. If they do that, then there is no way they can afford Greinke and arguably can barely afford to add two solid starting pitchers. $150 million seems more realistic to me and gives them just enough breathing room to land Greinke and have a little bit left over to sign an inning-eating pitcher to round out the rotation. Maybe that is just me having my head in the sand and believing what I choose to believe, but there have been too many seasons under Moreno's reign where the team has said they have a certain budget ceiling and then proceeded to blow right through it.
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By Robert Cunningham - AngelsWin.com Columnist
Vernon Wells has a really bloated contract.This isn’t news to pretty much everyone in Major League Baseball (MLB).It isn’t news to Arte Moreno. It isn’t news to Mike Scioscia. It isn’t news to Jerry Dipoto (JeDi).Even before the season ended, there were various sources indicating that the Angel’s were working hard to move...
Now that the Los Angeles Angels have reached an agreement with
right-hander Ryan Madson the team is letting other clubs know that former
closer Jordan Walden is “very available,” reports Jayson Stark of ESPN.
In wake of Ryan Madson deal, #Angels were letting clubs know today that Jordan Walden is very available.
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) November 28, 2012
Both Ryan Dempster and Scott Feldman battled injuries in 2012, but that has not deterred the Kansas City Royals one bit. The Royals were previously interested in signing Dempster, but now they have apparently turned their focus to Feldman. Neither pitcher suffered severe injury in 2012, but they both missed time.
Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star says the Royals, who have...
Angels Official Press Release of the passing of David Courtney
“The Angels family is deeply saddened to hear of David’s passing. He was a gentle soul, a consummate professional and an unforgettable voice tied to several professional Southern California sports teams. Over the past 18 years, his love, dedication and passion for the Angels was evident every time his voice rang...
Jerry Dipotos first offseason as the Angels general manager was nothing short of spectacular, but no one should expect a repeat performance this year.
Dipoto departs for baseballs annual winter meetings next week in Nashville, Tenn., where hes likely to continue pursuing pitchers to fill out a starting rotation and relief group that is still incomplete. But he wont be making the...
The Angels always had big plans for relief pitcher Jordan Walden, but not anymore. The right-hander, who became expendable with the teams signing of Ryan Madson this week, was traded to the Atlanta Braves on Friday for starter Tommy Hanson, according to multiple reports.
Hanson isnt Zack Greinke, the big free-agent prize this offseason, but hes a solid No. 3 who will fit in behind...
With all the controversy going on in Los Angeles about who they will pick up in the offseason, many outlets have begun to report that they have their sights set firmly on current free agent pitcher Zack Greinke. By acquiring the talents of Greinke, the Dodgers could become viable MLB picks throughout the year. While Los Angeles certainly has the money to get Greinke going into the...
David Courtney, the long-time public address announcer for the Angels and Kings and the PA voice for the Clippers since 2008, has died, the Angels announced on Thursday. He was 54.
Courtney began announcing for the Kings in 1989 and for the Angels in 1994, and he also served as the Los Angeles Rams PA announcer for three years before the NFL team moved to St. Louis in 1995.
The Los Angeles Angels have acquired Tommy Hanson from the Atlanta Braves. The one time stud prospect has dealt with shoulder problems recently and has seen a decline in his velocity. Should he recover some of that loss velocity, Hanson has the ability to be a top of the line starter for years to come. Hanson, a 26-year-old right-hander has a 45-32 career record and 3.61 earned-run...
When the Atlanta Braves pulled off a deal with the Los Angeles Angels yesterday to send Tommy Hanson west, the deal felt lopsided. The Braves were getting a relief pitcher who had never developed into anything close to a star. Hanson, on the other hand, was a top prospect and exceeded expectations once he came up. The trade seemed to be a loss on the Braves' end, but there...
The Braves have traded Tommy Hanson to the Los Angeles Angels for former closer Jordan Walden.
The 26-year-old Hanson set a career high with 13 wins this year but his 4.48 ERA also was a career worst. The right-hander was 45-32 in four seasons with the Braves.
Walden had 32 saves in 2011, then lost his closer's role to Ernesto Frieri and was 3-2 with a 3.46 ERA and one save...
The Braves dumped Tommy Hanson and his salary for a free agent acquisition to be named later. Imagine the Braves get Hamilton. Heyward/Upton/Hamilton, zoinks! Although, they are more likely to get someone like Swisher. Or maybe they can land international free agent, Juan Jablome. Heyward, Jablome, Upton? "Screw you, I prefer B.J.!" "Okay, whatever you wanna...
The agreed-to-but-not-final Wilton Lopez deal that may fall through gives us a little insight as to what the Phillies are thinking. They want a reliever who can be strong in the 8th inning. They want someone young, inexpensive, and who will be around a while. That player could come from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in Jordan Walden, suggests Marcus Morris of Pucktacular...
If it wasn't obvious by now, I have become completely obsessed with the Angels and their pursuit of Zack Greinke. Or I should say their aborted pursuit of Greinke because apparently everyone, including the Halos, has decided that the Dodgers are just going to give him all the money in the world. That's the conventional wisdom. The Dodgers have unlimited money and want...
The Los Angeles Angels have acquired starting pitcher Tommy Hanson from the Atlanta Braves for reliever Jordan Walden, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
Here are two summaries from MLBTR:
Hanson, 26, pitched to a 4.48 ERA with 8.3 K/9 and 3.7 BB/9 in 174 2/3 innings this year. The right-hander missed time with shoulder tendinitis last season, and his fastball velocity has been...