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The August 1st, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Downs placed on disabled list, Halos make no additional deadline deals, Rangers acquire Dempster to counter the Angels' addition of Greinke and much more...
The Story: Scott Downs was placed on the disabled list with a shoulder strain and Hisanori Takahashi was recalled to take his place on the roster.
The Monkey Says: This might only be a two-week thing, but it is really going to hurt the bullpen. On the bright side, this does explain his struggles after the break, so hopefully it means he can come back and dominate like his old self. The bigger issue here though is that it makes it even more unfortunate that Jerry Dipoto was unable to add another southpaw reliever at the deadline as he had hoped.
The Story: The Angels made no additional trades at yesterday's deadline.
The Monkey Says: That additional reliever would have been nice, but it never happened. In fact, there was nary a mention of an Angel rumor yesterday. No doubt Dipoto was still working the phones, but nothing ever got serious enough for anyone to bother leaking it to a media member.
The Story: The Rangers acquired starting pitcher Ryan Dempster just before the deadline expired.
The Monkey Says: Oh, so close! For awhile there it looked like the Rangers were going to get totally skunked on pitching, but they pulled this one out of their butts. Dempster is no Greinke, but he can be very good and will be a welcome addition to an injury-ravaged Texas rotation, which sucks for the Angels. The good news here is that Dempster has never pitched in the American League, so he might struggle to adjust. He also has been on the DL twice already this season, so he isn't exactly a sure bet to stay healthy the rest of the way either.
The Story: The Angels were one of the big winners of the deadline.
The Monkey Says: Which, of course, means nothing if the Greinke addition doesn't lead to some extra wins on the field. But hey, we won the deadline!
The Story: Mike Trout could join elite company if he finishes the season with a slugging percentage over .600.
The Monkey Says: The names of the players from the non-juiced ball era make for some pretty impressive company.
The Story: Prospect SP Nick Maronde has been promoted to Double-A.
The Monkey Says: This is pretty big because Maronde is now officially the Angels top pitching prospect after Pena and Hellweg were dealt away. In fact, he might be their second-best prospect overall. At this rate, Maronde should be on pace to be ready late in 2013 or early in 2014.
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Ryan Dempster finally has a chance to start for the Texas Rangers.
Traded Tuesday from the Chicago Cubs, Dempster arrived in the Metroplex about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday and spent the remainder of the afternoon getting adjusted to his fourth major league team - the one that drafted him in the third round in 1995 out of a high school in British Columbia. He was traded as a minor leaguer...
Leading up to Major League Baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline one of the ongoing sagas was where Chicago Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster would end up, if anywhere at all. For a while it seemed like he was headed to the Atlanta Braves, but that never materialized. The Los Angeles Dodgers were a preferred [...]
The Texas Rangers have acquired pitcher Ryan Dempster from the Chicago Cubs, beating out both the Dodgers and Yankees for the highly coveted starter.
The Rangers sent third baseman Christian Villanueva and RHP Kyle Hendricks to Cubs for Dempster. Both are at Class A.
The Rangers were talking to the Cubs about pitcher Matt Garza and Dempster to the end, trying to get one or the...
The Texas Rangers won the Ryan Dempster sweepstakes, acquiring the Chicago Cubs ace for two minor leaguers moments before Tuesday's trade deadline.
The AL West leaders fortified their rotation for the stretch run, sending infielder Christian Villanueva and pitcher Kyle Hendricks to Chicago.
Dempster, who had power to block deals, had refused to approve a trade to Atlanta last...
Jayson Stark tweets that a Victorino trade would also mean Soriano won’t be attached to any Dempster trade to LA. They preferred Victorino all along anyway.
David Kaplan is reporting that the Dodgers remain very much in play for Dempster. However, nothing is close at this time.
Jon Heyman tweets that contrary to reports the Yankees are no longer in on Dempster.
In hopes of keeping...
Here's the running list of Ryan Dempster rumors leading up to the trade deadline:
– Ryan Dempster is still a Cub, but things could change today even though there's no deal close yet. Sources close to David Kaplan of CSNChicago confirmed him that the Dodgers, Yankees and Rangers are after Dempster and that the right hander will accept a deal to any one of them. Jon Heyman...
With the Dodgers and Cubs still cahtting about Ryan Dempster, another name has fallen into the deal: highly paid Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano. Soriano is involved in the talks between the Cubs and Dodgers along with Dempster, and this would be a huge move if the Cubs were able to package him and his massive contract with Dempster, and get him out of Wrigley.
The Ryan Dempster saga finally has an ending, and it's an unexpected one. Dempster didn't land with the Braves, the Dodgers, or the Yankees, but Buster Olney is reporting that Dempster has been acquired by the Texas Rangers, who were in on every starting pitcher on the market but fell short of their prime targets.
For a Rangers team that has seen Roy Oswalt struggle with...
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Josh Hamilton got back on track and helped the Texas Rangers' offense stay on a roll on Thursday night. Hamilton drove in four runs and the Rangers bailed out Ryan Dempster in his Texas debut in a 15-9 victory over the Los Angeles Angels. Hamilton hit .177 in July, but had his second four-RBI game of the season. He has 10 RBIs in his past nine games. "...
The Texas Rangers have acquired right-hander Ryan Dempster from the Chicago Cubs, multiple sources reported minutes before the 4 p.m. ET trade deadline. Class A third baseman Christian Villanueva and Class A right-hander Kyle Hendricks will go to the Cubs in the trade, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reported. The deal was initially reported by ESPN's Buster Olney, MLB...
The August 2nd, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles ...
Texas Rangers fans were given some bad news after the team acquired Ryan Dempster from the Cubs, as it was announced by General Manager Jon Daniels that pitcher Neftali Feliz will require season ending Tommy John surgery for a torn UCL ligament in his throwing elbow.
This news comes on the heels of the announcement that fellow pitcher Colby Lewis would require Tommy John surgery...