The April 16th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Angels potential suitors for Headley, Arte Moreno paying for his own moves and much more...
The Story: The Angels could be a suitor for Chase Headley if/when he becomes available via trade.
The Monkey Says: I seriously doubt it, but I understand why people will bring it up. Frankly, the Angels just don't have the prospect package that the Padres would want in a Headley deal. I also don't think the Halos are that unhappy with Callaspo, who they just signed to a two-year deal, as a placeholder until Kaleb Cowart is ready.
The Story: Arte Moreno needs to look at his own moves if he is angry about the Angels' slow start.
The Monkey Says: Simers likes to propagate the "Angry Arte" persona, but this is the first time I have seen anyone else echo that sentiment. I'm still not sure his anger really manifests itself in actual moves, with the exception of the Wells trade after the Carl Crawford catastrophe. Most, if not all, of the hirings and firing from Arte have been more than justifiable. Maybe he is angry, but he isn't impulsive.
The Story: A look at Michael Roth and how his junkballing ways are not to be overlooked.
The Monkey Says: Here is the thing about Roth, I actually love him. I'm not sold that he isn't a LOOGY but I really want him to be more. In fact, I almost hesitate to say that because I wrote something similar in our prospect countdown and he saw it and seemed to not appreciate that very much. The thing is it is just so hard to justify a projection for him better than that since his skills are hard to quantify or even observe. He throws slow, doesn't have great stuff but he also is capable of changing speeds and arm angles. We've seen that work well for players before, but sometimes it only works for a bit before the league catches up, other times it never stops working. Where Roth will fall into that is hard to say, but with his impressive college record, it is hard to be against him.
The Story: Historically, Mel Stottlemyre is the pitcher that most owned the Angels.
The Monkey Says: Can Dipoto sign him? I'm pretty sure he'd be an upgrade over Joe Blanton even now.
The Story: Josh Hamilton suggests that the change in routine from switching teams may have been behind his slow start.
The Monkey Says: This sounds like a patented Hamilton excuse, but it does make sense as routine is crucial to recovering addicts. Whatever the case, so long as his struggles are behind him, I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.
The Story: Alberto Callaspo is expected to be out until at least Friday.
The Monkey Says: A DL stint hasn't been ruled out, but I wonder if the Angels will be in any rush to DL him given that they don't really have anyone worth calling up to take his place. Love that deep farm system!
The Story: C.J. Wilson is developing a rapport with Hank Conger.
The Monkey Says: But Sosh is begging off the idea that Conger will become his personal caddy. I really don't care who catches C.J. so long as he starts throwing some damn strikes.