Found April 20, 2012 on Monkey with a Halo:

The April 20th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Erick Aybar officially signs his extension, analyzing Colon's 38 straight strikes against the Angels, Halos held a closed door meeting after Wednesday's loss and much more...

The Story: Erick Aybar made his four-year, $35 million extension official.

The Monkey Says: One thing worth noting, his deal has no no-trade clause and no options, so it is pretty simple.  It also means that if in two years they feel they are better off with Jean Segura (who will be ready by then), they can likely easily deal Aybar.  The odds are still greater that Segura gets dealt before then, but it is a possibility.

The Story: Analyzing Bartolo Colon's improbable run fo 38 consecutive strikes thrown against the Angels.

The Monkey Says: I have no idea what a binomial distribution is, but I'm sure it means that what Colon did was nearly impossible.  One thing his feat has spurred is newfound calls for Mickey Hatcher to get fired.  Frankly, I'm not sure that is the right reaction.  If you look at the PitchF/X chart for Colon's pitches, he threw a lot of fastballs right down the middle, yet Angel batters did nothing with those pitches.  I guess you could argue that Hatcher failed to come up with a plan to get the hitters to adjust, but really, what can he do about guys not hitting fastballs down the middle?  Besides, in my opinion, Colon's heater had a lot of late action on it last night, which is why the batters had a hard time squaring it up.  And with him pounding the strike zone so fiercely, they had no choice but to swing.

The Story: The Angels held a closed door meeting after their loss on Wednesday.

The Monkey Says: "Grind it out" might well become the unofficial slogan for this season, and I don't mean that in a good way.

The Story: Torii Hunter met with Mike Scioscia to offer up some of his playing time in right field to Mark Trumbo.

The Monkey Says: With the caveat being that Hunter would DH instead, which makes no sense to me since Trumbo could just DH himself then.  Aside from that, I don't like the idea of Trumbo playing the outfield too.  He needs to spend as much time as possible getting used to playing third and I fear that logging time in right field will put too much on his plate as he isn't terribly experienced at that defensive position either.

The Story: Jerry Dipoto is more worried about developing players now that he has locked up so many players to long-term deals.

The Monkey Says: Good, he should.  If the Angels pick up the 2013 options on Haren, Santana and Iannetta (which is very likely), they will already be committed to over $120 in payroll before taking into consideration the young arbirtation and pre-arbitration players.  That is actually the one reason I don't like the Aybar deal that much, but at least Dipoto is aware of the constraints he is placing on himself.

The Story: Mark Trumbo was listed as the Angels third baseman on the newly released All-Star ballot.

The Monkey Says: This means nothing other than the Angel PR people know Trumbo is popular and will get a lot more votes than Alberto Callaspo, even if Mark never actually plays third base ever again.

The Story: The Angels' lack of plate discipline is one of the biggest concerns in the majors.

The Monkey Says: Funnily enough, before the season the thought was that Albert Pujols' excellent discipline would rub off on the rest of the team only to have it work out to be the exact opposite as even Pujols is barely drawing any walks thus far.  I don't know how concerned to be about this trend as the Halos have always been aggressive at the plate, however, they are stupid aggressive right now.  My gut, or perhaps ignorant optimism, makes me think they will settle down before long and start putting runs on the board.



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...

Bartolo Colon threw 38 consecutive strikes

Bartolo Colon gave new meaning to the phrase "pounding the strike zone" in his Wednesday night start agains the Angels.  And, no, that isn't a fat joke, as far as you know, but rather a way of pointing out that Colon at one point in the game threw 38 consecutive strikes. It was a streak that started with his second pitch of the fifth inning and did not end until the...

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...

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...

Game Recap 4/18/12: Too Much Colon - Athletics 6, Angels 0

Bartolo Colon threw eight shut-out innings against the Angels tonight. Yes, I know. Bartolo Colon.Atheltics 6, Angels 0  Where do I even begin? Do I begin with Yoenis Cespedes' three-run home run off of Ervin Santana in the first inning? Or shall I fast foward to the bottom of the 8th inning when the Angels finally presented a threat to Colon's merciless outing? As the...

Athletics 6, Angels 0

Bartolo Colon threw 38 consecutive strikes at one point and pitched four-hit ball for eight innings to help the Oakland Athletics beat the cellar-dwelling Los Angeles Angels 6-0 on Wednesday night. Colon (3-1) struck out five and walked none, helping drop his former team six games behind two-time defending AL champion Texas in the AL West - just 12 games into the season. The 38...

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...

Bartolo Colon’s Amazing Streak

We already talked about Cliff Lee and Matt Cain’s pitcher’s duel for the ages last night, but that wasn’t even the most remarkable thing that took place last night. Over in Anaheim, Bartolo Colon was doing something that we might not see done again in our lifetime. In the fifth inning of last night’s game, Colon threw a first pitch ball to Maicer Izturis. He wouldn...

Halo Headlines: Aybar agrees four-year,$35 million extension, Cassevah close to a return, Trumbo patiently waiting for playing time

The April 19th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels ...

Santana remains winless, A's defeat Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Bartolo Colon threw 38 consecutive strikes at one point and pitched four-hit ball for eight innings to help the Oakland Athletics beat the cellar-dwelling Los Angeles Angels 6-0 on Wednesday night. Colon (3-1) struck out five and walked none, helping drop his former team six games behind two-time defending AL champion Texas in the AL West -- just 12 games...

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...

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...

Game Preview 4/18/12: It's Up in the Air - Athletics @ Angels

 @  Oakland Athletics (5-7) @ Los Angeles Angels (4-7) Probable Pitchers: OAK - Bartolo Colon (2-1, 3.72 ERA) LAA - Ervin Santana (0-2, 7.71 ERA) Game Info: 7:05 PM PT; TV - FS-W; Radio - KLAA 830 AM [wayin]979b4727-d881-4150-9117-bab5aaa2a107[wayin]It's no secret that the Angels haven't met anyone's expectations thus far. Whether you are a skeptical fan, optimistic...

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...
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