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The November 14th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Angels 'low-balled' Hunter, Trout nominated for SI Sportsman of the Year, statistical revolution still won't be strong enough to make Mike Trout the AL MVP and much more...
The Story: The Angels "insulted" Torii Hunter with an offer of a one-year, $5 million contract.
The Monkey Says: That is straight from Hunter's mouth, so there is no reason to doubt it or the fact that he felt disrespected by it. That piece of information certainly makes it clear that Dipoto never had any intention of bringing him back and really just made the offer so he could say that he made one.
The Story: Mike Trout has been nominated for the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year.
The Monkey Says: But he still isn't going to win the AL MVP.
The Story: The statistical revolution in baseball still doesn't have the muscle to make Mike Trout the AL MVP.
The Monkey Says: See, this is what I mean and a more measured way of saying what I ranted about earlier this week. People just don't want to embrace the evolution of the game and the way people understand it. As a result, Trout is going to be the innocent victim of stubborn, old blowhards refusing to reconsider their beliefs.
The Story: Miguel Cabrera is the right call for MVP over Mike Trout.
The Monkey Says: Or they will fail to reconsider their beliefs and then use that stubbornness to troll their own reader base. Good on ya, Mark Whicker. Keep on trolling.
The Story: Mike Trout won the Heart and Hustle Award.
The Monkey Says: So he wins an award for having passion, hustling and being gritty. Remind me again how it is the old school baseball writers don't want to vote for him as MVP?
The Story: Did Mike Trout have the greatest Angel season of all time?
The Monkey Says: I'm sorry, but I have to give Trout the edge over Ryan's 1973 season. I just think when you adjust for era, Nolan's season isn't quite as impressive, although it is pretty damn amazing to look back at a time when pitchers threw over 300 innings.
The Story: Could Kole Calhoun be trade chip for the Angels this off-season?
The Monkey Says: This is all speculative, so don't go getting excited. I also don't think Calhoun is going to net a big return. He's never had a high profile as a prospect since he isn't particularly athletics or "toolsy." He definitely has the potential to be a regular at some point, but his upside is limited enough to make him either a guy you move in a small trade or as an add-on in a much larger deal.
The Story: Former Angel Jeff Mathis was traded as part of the infamous fire sale trade the Miami Marlins made yesterday.
The Monkey Says: To have Mathis as part of the deal made my day. I just wish I could've been there when the Marlins GM demanded that he get Mathis back in this massive salary dump.
"Dammit, Alex. I don't care if I'm shedding tens of millions in long-term money. I'm calling this whole deal off if you don't include your garbage back-up catcher. I swear to God, I'll kill this deal right now!"
BEST OF MAXIM
Torii Hunter is looking for a new home, and the free agent plans to make his decision on where he will play next season within the next two weeks, Mark Saxson of ESPNLosAngeles.com reports.
The Tigers so far have been the most aggressive, offering Hunter a potential two-year deal with an everyday role. The Yankees have also shown serious interest, with the Rangers and Dodgers trailing...
Veteran outfielder Torii Hunter has garnered his fair share of attention thus far this offseason with a handful of teams interested in his services. The Red Sox, Dodgers, Yankees, Rangers and Braves have all expressed heavy interest in the free agent Hunter however the Tigers appear to of taken a very interesting position in the race.
According to Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and MLB Network...
We already know that the three finalists for the 2012 American League Rookie of the Year Award are Mike Trout, Yoenis Cespedes, and Yu Darvish. We basically already know that Mike Trout will be named the unanimous winner later on Monday by the BBWAA. There is no particularly convincing argument for any of the other guys over Trout, unless you pretend like pitcher wins are the only...
The New York Yankeeshot stove is about as ice-cold as it has been in years.
Angels Torii Hunter – 08-09-2011 – Yankee Stadium
But please don’t hang your hat on the theory that no news is good news here as there have been plenty of headlines about players hitting the free agent market and rejecting qualifying offers.
All fans can do is hope that something good is announced soon...
Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels became the youngest AL Rookie of the Year on Monday and Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals was voted the second-youngest winner of the NL honor.
Trout, who turned 21 on Aug. 7, received all 28 first-place votes from the Baseball Writers' Association of America's AL panel. The center fielder was the eighth unanimous AL pick and the...
Tonight, Mike Trout is going to be named the American League Rookie of the Year, and it’s almost certainly going to be unanimous unless one voter is just completely out of his mind. Bryce Harper is also likely to take home a rookie of the year trophy tonight, though his win isn’t as certain, nor will his margin of victory be as large. You can actually make a pretty good case...
Last year, the Tigers outfield was dreadful. Mostly thanks to the disastrous performance of Brennan Boesch, they flanked Austin Jackson with a rotating wheel of scrubs, and ended up using journeyman minor leaguer Quintin Berry as their regular left fielder in the postseason. Given how much they’ve already committed to winning in the short term, an upgrade in the outfield was...
The AL MVP debate has been waging since Miguel Cabrera clinched Triple Crown back in early October.
The discussion is based on old vs. new, sabermetrics vs. standard stats, and “value” vs. historical context. Cabrera was the best hitter in baseball this season, but was he actually as valuable as the Angels’ rookie center fielder Mike Trout? Trout led the Major Leagues in WAR...
So a popular question lately has been: “What the hell happened to Shohei Otani?”
In short? Nothing, because despite whatever speculation there had been about MLB teams technically having no need to respect NPB exclusivity rights, like I said in a previous post about the situation, I see no upside for an MLB team to just barge in and violate the status quo.
Basically, the latest...
NEW YORK (AP) -- Detroit's Miguel Cabrera has won the American League's Most Valuable Player award after becoming baseball's first Triple Crown winner in 45 years, and San Francisco's Buster Posey has been voted the National League honor.
Cabrera received 22 of 28 first-place votes and 362 points from the AL panel of Baseball Writers' Association of America....
Welp. The last post I wrote here was that Mike Trout deserved to win AL MVP, but that in all likelihood Miguel Cabrera would win because Triple Crown and playoffs and other dumb non-MVP reasons.
What I didn’t expect was how lopsided the final vote would be – Miggy getting 22 of the 28 first-place votes.
Look, Cabrera had a terrific season. But the fact that 79% of BBWAA voters...
Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Jeremy Affeldt has passed his physical, which was the final step in completing the 3-year ($18 million) deal. A formal announcement should be coming from the San Francisco Giants soon.
Multiple sources have told Schulman the Giants are fairly confident that they will sign infielder Marco Scutaro. The deal would likely...
The first significant free agent changed teams Wednesday -- Torii Hunter to the Tigers for two years and $26 million -- less than 24 hours after FOXSports.com reported news of the Marlins-Blue Jays blockbuster.
After the midweek whirlwind, it's time to take stock of what the moves mean for a number of parties in the offseason marketplace.
The Tigers needed...
I’m going to keep this extremely short! Miguel Cabrera won the TRIPLE CROWN! While Mike Trout had possibly the best rookie season ever, The Triple Crown is something that most of us watching sports these days have NEVER seen! In any other season Mike Trout is hands down the AL MVP! I’m not taking anything away from the kid, he just chose the wrong season to be a rookie.