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The January 17th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Callaspo avoids arbitration, the greatest Angels off-seasons ever, Kaleb Cowart scouting report and much more...
The Story: The Angels avoided arbitration with Alberto Callaspo by agreeing to a one-year, $3.15 million contract.
The Monkey Says: Callaspo is probably smart to settle. He isn't a prototypical third baseman, so he could have had a hard time in an arbitration hearing since much of it is based comparisons to other players at the position. This now leaves Erick Aybar as the only Angel still eligible for arbitration.
The Story: Reviewing the greatest Angel off-seasons ever.
The Monkey Says: This slideshow is worth it if only for the picture of Rod Carew in a headband. Oh, by the way, it was a REALLY slow news day. So slow, in fact, that I almost included the Giants avoiding arbitration with Angel Pagan in today's links simply because his name is Angel.
The Story: A look at prospect Kaleb Cowart.
The Monkey Says: Wow, interesting to see the idea of Cowart being in line for a switch back to pitching thrown around so liberally already. It isn't necessarily wrong either as Cowart has thus far failed to live up to the lofty projections many had for him, though it isn't like he been a bust either.
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The Angels on Monday avoided arbitration withAlberto Callaspo, agreeing to terms with the third basemanon a one-year, 3.15-million contract that leaves shortstop Erick Aybar as the team's only unsigned, arbitration-eligible player.
However, there is no immediate urgency to resolve Aybar's 2012 contract situation because the Angels are trying to secure the slick-fielding...
ST. LOUIS - A little more than a month after losing icon Albert Pujols to the Anaheim Angels, Cardinals chairman and principal owner Bill DeWitt Jr. spoke at length about the topic Sunday for the first time.
Speaking before he was cheered on stage during a public appearance at the Cardinals' Winter Warm-Up charity event, DeWitt expressed his disappointment over losing Pujols...
The Angels are going to be one of the most improved teams in the majors in 2012 as they have reloaded. Here is a look at the new guys that the Angels have signed or traded for so far this winter:
In the field: The Angels made the biggest splash in the free agent market when they inked Albert Pujols to a robust 10-year deal. Pujols is going to make the whole Angels’ lineup better...
The Angels avoided arbitration with third baseman Alberto Callaspo by agreeing to a one-year, $3.15 million contract, a source tells ESPN.com's Keith ...
The Angels' non-roster invitees to Spring Training include recently signed veterans such as corner infielder Jorge Cantu, left-handed-hitting corner outfielder Ryan Langerhans, catcher Robinzon Diaz and right-handed starter Eric Hurley.
Erick Aybar and the Angels agreed to a one-year, $5.075 million contract on Tuesday, meaning he'll be eligible for free agency after the 2012 season if the two sides can't agree to something more long term before then.
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After the Angels acquired Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson, all wondered what the Rangers would do to counter those moves. The question was answered on Wednesday with Texas' deadline-beating deal with Japanese pitching phenom Yu Darvish.
Per Buster Olney of ESPN, the Rangers signed Japanese import Yu Darvish to a 6-year/$60M deal. Favorite Twitter gag about this so far:
Props to Angels GM Dipoto. Angels sign Wilson for 75 mil, force the Rangers to spend 120 mil to back fill his spot in the rotation #genius
I'm not so sure about that; word so far is that Darvish may be the best Japanese pitcher to hit the US...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that the Philadelphia Phillies and free-agent pitcher Joel Pineiro have agreed to a minor league contract.