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The August 23rd, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Bourjos won't blame wrist for struggles, how much could Trout make on a one-year deal and much more...
The Story: Peter Bourjos won't blame his ailing wrist for his slump since coming off the DL.
The Monkey Says: Well, that's valiant of him and all, but he probably should blame his wrist because it is likely the culprit. Last time I checked, wrists were pretty important to swinging. Even Mark Langston noted on the radio broadcast Wednesday how hindered Peter's swing appeared to be.
The Story: How much would you pay for one year of Mike Trout?
The Monkey Says: All? Can I say all? All.
The Story: Multi-year deals for relievers and why they are a bad idea.
The Monkey Says: Here's why: Sean Burnett, Fernando Rodney, Brian Fuentes, Justin Speier and so on and so on. This is a real killer for a GM like Jerry Dipoto. He has spoken quite a bit about how he doesn't like the idea of making big investments in relievers. Even the Sean Burnett contract seemed like a stretch for him. Yet when you get burned so bad by a horrible bullpen for two straight years, it is hard to go about re-making the bullpen with one-year deals and young arms which is the proper strategy.
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Joe Blanton has been the worst pitcher in baseball this season, and that’s not an exaggeration. Whether he’s been starting or relieving for the Los Angeles Angels, his results have been equally awful. In fact, he’s been so bad that he could win the pitching triple crown … in all the wrong categories. Blanton currently […]
ANAHEIM, Calif. Silver linings are tough to find these days. The Angels keep looking for them, but all they see are mounting losses.
They don't have Mike Trout, who sat for a third consecutive game because of a right hamstring injury. They don't have Albert Pujols, whose foot injury has knocked him out for the rest of the season. Second baseman Howie Kendrick still isn...
ROLL WITH THE PUNCHES
A report says Torii Hunter and Albert Pujols nearly fought last year when they were teammates on the Angels. Hunter is now with Detroit.
Recently, I was asked what I think turns out to be a pretty interesting thought experiment: if Mike Trout was released by the Angels and became a free agent, but decided he did not want to sign long term with any other team and simply preferred to go year to year instead, where would the […]
The August 22nd, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Vargas and Aybar come off waivers, Buckner recalled, Cowgill optioned and much more...
The Story: The waiver period expired on Jason Vargas and Erick Aybar and both players remained with the team.
The Monkey Says: As of this writing it is unclear whether or not they both passed through waivers...
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After losing three of four to the Yankees and just barely avoiding being swept by the Astros, the Angels’ season is more about finding usable pieces for 2014 than it is about competing in 2013.
The Angels made a couple of minor moves Friday afternoon, designating Billy Buckner for assignment and recalling right-handed reliever Cory Rasmus to take his place...
Angels' pitcher Garrett Richards took a line drive of his right (throwing) arm and exited the game in the eighth inning of last night's Angels and Mariners game. Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com said Richards "should be fine", according to pithing coach Mike Butcher.
Mike Butcher told @jaimemaggio Garrett Richards should be fine. #Angels
— Alden Gonzalez (@Alden_Gonzalez...
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Things haven't exactly gone as the Los Angeles Angels hoped they would over the past couple of seasons. The high price Angels have failed to put together a contending team despite signing several players to big time contracts and part of the reason might be because of a lack of team chemistry.One of the players who was signed to a massive deal and has failed to live up to expectations...
The two-year downhill toboggan run of owner Arte Moreno's broken franchise has created a suffocatingly tense atmosphere throughout the organization best illustrated by a team meeting last August in which All-Star Torii Hunter had to be physically restrained from punching out $240 million man Albert Pujols.
The meeting details of which were provided to CBSSports.com by several...
By Joe Haakenson, AngelsWin.com Contributor -
AUG. 23, 2002
GAME 127 - ANGELS AT RED SOX
BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox had a couple things going for them Friday night, and together they teamed up to beat the Angels, 4-1, before a sellout crowd of 33,221 at Fenway Park.
First and foremost, the Red Sox had pitcher Pedro Martinez on the mound. Martinez (17-3) gave up only...
As the night wore on, Eric Wedge began to feel more comfortable standing back on the railing of the Seattle Mariners dugout and making baseball decisions for the first time in a month.
There just weren't many highlights for the Mariners skipper.
''My energy was good and the focus was good. Just didn't have a whole hell of a lot of action tonight,'' Wedge...
Chris Nelson hit a two-run homer off Felix Hernandez and the Los Angeles Angels ruined Eric Wedge's return to the dugout with a 2-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night.
Wedge managed the Mariners for the first time since he had a mild stroke a month ago. He acknowledged being anxious about getting back on the bench and called his ailment ''a heads up.&...
SEATTLE (AP) -- Mike Trout hit his 22nd home run and Jason Vargas allowed one run in 6 1-3 innings and the Los Angeles Angels earned a 5-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night. The Angels jumped on top early against Mariners starter Erasmo Ramirez (4-1). After a walk to Erick Aybar, Trout homered to give the Angels a 2-0 lead. Right fielder Endy Chavez limited...
74-53, 1st place, 5 games up.
“WAR – What is it good for?”
Well, evaluating players, for one thing. Or so we think.
As we all know, the WAR debate dominated the MVP race last year, with Cabrera and his old school hitting stats (summarized as “the best right handed hitter in our generation”) beat out the sabre-favorite Mike Trout and his 1st to 3rd ability and low GIDP...