Found April 19, 2012 on Monkey with a Halo:

The April 19th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Aybar agrees to four-year, $35 million extension, Bobby Cassevah close to a return, Trumbo knows defense is his ticket back into the lineup and much more...

The Story: Erick Aybar has agreed to a four-year, $35 million contract extension.

The Monkey Says: Not to toot my own horn, but I pretty much nailed the predicted value earlier this week.  That being said, I'm not a huge fan of this deal.  The value is perfectly reasonable, but part of me wonders if the Angels aren't hurting themselves by having so many guys locked into expensive long-term deals now.  With this bit of business wrapped up, expect Jerry Dipoto to turn his attention to other matters, like maybe signing Dan Haren or Chris Iannetta to an extension.  Oh, and he might want to do something about the bullpen.  I'm just saying.

The Story: Bobby Cassevah could return to the big league roster within a week.

The Monkey Says: I'm reading between the lines here, but that looks like it is the timeframe they are shooting for.  What scares me is that Cassevah is being seen as something of a savior right now.  He was decent last season, but he is far from a lockdown guy like they need.  I would also beg to differ with the notion Carpenter would get sent down to make room for Bobby.  Carpenter hasn't been great, but he hasn't been awful either.  More likely is that Kevin Jepsen will be given a week to prove he deserves to stay and then Scioscia and Dipoto will choose between the two.

The Story: Mark Trumbo knows improved defense will be the key to him getting more regular playing time.

The Monkey Says: Trumbo has not played in three games, though he allegedly was supposed to start last night but was too sick to play.  Mike Scioscia is also saying that he intends to let Mark start three of the next four games, so maybe this #FreeTrumbo movement will calm down for a few days.

The Story: Assessing the value of Erick Aybar's new extension.

The Monkey Says: Aybar is getting paid a bit more than comparable shortstops, but I do think the impending free agency boosted his value as did the fact that the upcoming free agent market is horribly thin.  The most salient point here though is that Aybar generates a lot of value based on his defensive reputation, which may be a mirage since most advanced fielding stats rate him as merely average, rather than the elite defender the Angels treat him as.

The Story: What can the Angels do with Mark Trumbo?

The Monkey Says: A lot of people think that Trumbo is already a failed experiment at third base, but I still think it is worth trying for a few more weeks.  What I very much agree with is that the Angels should have dealt Trumbo this last off-season, though I fully understand that they were reluctant to do so given that they had no idea whether or not Kendrys Morales was going to be able to return to action, in which case they needed Trumbo to be their DH.  The question now is whether or not they would consider trading him in-season, which may not be totally out of the question.

The Story: Jordan Walden led the league in leverage index last season.

The Monkey Says: The point the author is making here is that Walden was used most effectively last season, seldom being wasted on meaningless innings.  However, I think the real takeaway here is that Walden so often pitched with no margin for error that he was made to look worse by way of those infamous 10 blown saves.  This is probably why I have more faith in Walden than others.  Granted, he was awful last night, but that is what happens when a reliever with high maintenance mechanics only pitches three times in 12 games.

The Story: Pujols and the Angels are slumping with no cure in sight but waiting it out.

The Monkey Says: I'm a bit worried about Haren's quote saying, "You can only say it's early for so long."  The team is clearly starting to press and it is now coming out publicly.  When FSW said the only key to the game last night was "Relax" I normally would've mocked it for being so dumb and simplistic, yet all I could do was no along in agreement.

The Story: A profile of Kole Calhoun with a projection that he could start for the Angels next season.

The Monkey Says: That is definitely optimistic, but not implausible.  Of course, Calhoun could fall victim to the outfield logjam even though Torii Hunter is going to be a free agent.  Vernon Wells will still be in play (maybe) and Mark Trumbo might even be considered an option in the corner outfield too, leaving no room for Calhoun.

The Story: Peter Bourjos is having an autograph session this Saturday.

The Monkey Says: Feel free to attend, assuming you have the will to get out of bed and do anything Angel-related by that point.



Aybar signs extension with Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The agreement between the Angels and shortstop Erick Aybar on a contract extension can only be viewed in positive terms, both for the club and the player. By signing Aybar for four years and 35 million after earlier locking up second baseman Howie Kendrick long term, the team has now secured its middle infielders through the 2016 season. But shelling out big contracts...

Angels close to new contract for SS Erick Aybar

The Los Angeles Angels are close to finalizing a contract extension for Gold Glove shortstop Erick Aybar. Angels spokesman Tim Mead confirmed Wednesday the club is getting close to a new deal for the switch-hitting leadoff man, who would have been a sought-after free agent this fall. Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto has been negotiating with Aybar's agents since shortly...

Angels' Trumbo still seeking comfort at third

ANAHEIM, Calif. In the quiet of the Angels clubhouse Tuesday afternoon, Mark Trumbo tried his best to explain a confounding situation. It made sense, and yet it didn't. Two days after hitting his second home run of the season and lifting his batting average to .375, Trumbo sat for a second consecutive game. His bat might be worthy of a spot in the starting lineup, but his...

Does Mark Trumbo really need to be freed?

Free Mark Trumbo!!!  Free him now!  So says most any Angel fan you ask about anything even tangentially related to Angels baseball.  The way this large subset of Halo fans would tell it, the fact that Mark Trumbo has not started in three games and has a mere 19 plate appearances thus far this season is the greatest injustice the baseball world has seen since A.J. Pierzynski duped...

Trumbo not angered by lack of playing time

It has become one of the questions surrounding the Angels as they've stumbled to a 4-7 start: Why isn't Mark Trumbo playing more? The young slugger led the team with 29 home runs and 87 RBI last season and finished second in the American League Rookie of the Year voting. However, he was displaced from first base by the signing of Albert Pujols. The plan was to get Trumbo...

Angels, SS Aybar agree to four-year deal

The Los Angeles Angels and Gold Glove-winning shortstop Erick Aybar agreed to terms on a four-year contract extension. The deal is worth a reported $35 million, according to the Los Angeles Times. "It took a while, but I don't think there was ever a thought that we wouldn't get to this point," Angeles general manager Jerry Dipoto told the newspaper. Aybar, 28...

Report: Angels close to extension with SS Aybar

The Los Angeles Angels are close to signing shortstop Erick Aybar to a long-term deal, according to's Jerry Crasnick.Aybar is set to become a free agent at season's end and is making just over $5 million this year.The 28-year-old is batting .171 in 10 games this season. Aybar will receive his Gold Glove Award for his defensive efforts last season prior to Thursday...

What should Erick Aybar get in a contract extension?

If recent reports are to be believed, it is only a matter of time before the Angels lock up Erick Aybar to a lucrative contract extension.  Nothing is official yet, but reports are circling around a contract somewhere in the neighborhood of five years and $50 million for Aybar.  That seems to be what Aybar is asking for, anyway.  But is that what he should get? We could debate...

Angels Extend Erick Aybar

Forgoing free agency is the new hotness. After already locking up his double play partner Howie Kendrick back in January, the Angels gave Erick Aybar a reported four year, $35 million contract extension today. Aybar is under contract for 2012 at just over $5 million, so this represents a pretty nice raise in annual average value, and assuming that the contract covers 2013-2016...

Halo Headlines: Aybar makes his extension official, Analyzing Colon's 38 straight strikes, Angels had closed door meeting

The April 20th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels ...

Halo Headlines: Searching for reasons Trumbo hasn't been playing, Angels settle wheelchair access lawsuit, Carpenter trying to make good impression

The April 18th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels ...

Is Alberto Callaspo now trade bait?

With news of Erick Aybar signing a contract extension coming out this week, it should increase the odds that Alberto Callaspo is traded for relief help.  The fact that Aybar will definitely be around next year would seem to make Maicer Izturis expendable but I’m thinking Jerry Dipoto knows Arte Moreno did not spend the big bucks this off-season to use an unproven back-up at shortstop...

De-Sciosciafying the Angels lineup

There's been quite a bit of complaining over the way Scioscia has been handle the lineup the past weekend, and with good reason too. Who wouldn't be a little frustrated with the way the lineup has been managed thus far? He's burying the teams hottest hitters in the bottom of the lineup, he's thrust his veterans into the middle of the order when they've been...

HardballChat Radio: Episode 27

There was no guest on this week, so Hudson and Scott really stepped it up. The show follows an agenda something like this: Extension talk – Madison Bumgarner and Erick Aybar both signed extensions this week. What do Scott and Hudson think of each deal? Contender or Pretender? – The Hardballchat crew discusses some teams that are off to surprisingly hot starts (Mets...
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