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The July 9th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including estimating a Trout contract extension, the inefficient Angels pitching staff and much more...
The Story: The zillion dollar question that is a potential Mike Trout contract extension.
The Monkey Says: The question that is posed is how much would your offer but I am wondering if the answer isn't just going to Mike and his agent and asking him to name his price. At this point, the Angels shouldn't do anything (well, anything else) to risk Trout hitting free agency where he could make $300 million. Of course, Trout might know that and never accept a deal knowing that he has a monster payday coming his way no matter what, so long as he stay healthy.
The Story: The Angels have one of the least efficient pitching staffs in all of baseball.
The Monkey Says: Wilson and Hanson are definitely nibblers which have cause that P/IP rate to spike. They are more middle of the pack though on a pitch per plate appearance view. That suggests that part of the problem is that they just aren't very good, so they face more batters and have longer innings more than they have long at-bats. Basically, it is the Joe Blanton allowing a hit every single inning effect.
The Story: Josh Hamilton made the 2013 All-Collapse All-Stars.
The Monkey Says: And the 2013 All-Star Disappointment Team. This is fun.
The Story: The AL West All-Star team.
The Monkey Says: With the way Trumbo is playing lately, I am in a minor state of shock that there isn't a better option in the AL West in left field.
The Story: Alberto Callaspo is amongst the trade candidates at third base for this coming deadline.
The Monkey Says: It probably won't happen though with the Angels threatening to crest over .500 before the All-Star break. A long losing streak could change all that though.
The Story: Introducing the Adam Dunn Hat Trick.
The Monkey Says: It turns out that Trumbo might be the second coming.
The Story: GIFs of the best diving catches of 2013 so far.
The Monkey Says: It is a slow news day, so enjoy some Mike Trout defense porn.
The Story: The Angels' catching conundrum.
The Monkey Says: Is it really a conundrum? Why can't they just share? They would seem to make a perfect platoon offensively and while Conger's defense has improved, it still isn't proven. Similarly, Iannetta has typically been better than he has shown behind the plate this year. There is also the small issue that both players have had major durability issues throughout their career, so giving either one of them a large majority of playing time seems like a mistake.
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The catching position for the Los Angeles Angels solely belonged to Chris Iannetta to begin the 2013 season.
However, over the past couple weeks Iannetta has been splitting time with Hank Conger. Conger, a former first round draft pick, has been impressive of late batting .290 over his past 10 games.
Conger (16) -Courtesy of zimbio.com
The Angels drafted Conger in the first round...
Iannetta or Conger? Conger or Iannetta? It is one of the hottest question under the Halo right now. What's that you say? You think two defensively limited catchers competing for playing time is hardly a hot topic? Well, clearly you have never paid attention to the news cycle of a sub-.500 three weeks in advance of the deadline when they haven't decided to be buyers or sellers...
The July 8th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Trout an All-Star, Weaver names his son after Adenhart and much more...
The Story: Mike Trout will be a starting outfielder for the American League in the All-Star Game.
The Monkey Says: He will also be the only Angel representative. Howie Kendrick is the only other Halo deserving of consideration...
The Los Angeles Angels were one of the key players of the offseason, vying for right-hander Zack Greinke and ultimately landing slugger Josh Hamilton, along with pitchers Jason Vargas and Ryan Madson. These moves came a year after Los Angeles signed Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson. While the team has frequently made splashes over the past few seasons, general manager Jerry Dipoto...
By Rob Goldman, AngelsWin.com Staff Writer -
Heeding Whitey Herzog’s advice, the Angels finally had a plan to build from within. GM Bill Bavasi was committed to the concept and together with Director of Scouting Bob Fontaine the Angels finally began building a home-based nucleus. From now on they would stick with their young prospects like Tim Salmon, Garret Anderson and Troy...
Jered Weaver combined with three relievers on a five-hitter, All-Star Mike Trout and Hank Conger homered and the Los Angeles Angels defeated the Boston Red Sox 3-0 Sunday night for their 10th win in 12 games.
Weaver (3-4) allowed five hits, struck out six and walked two in 6 2-3 innings. It was his first outing since becoming a father on Friday, when he named his first child Aden...
The July 10th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Hamilton swinging at fewer first pitches, Burnett resumes throwing, Hanson progressing and much more...
The Story: Josh Hamilton admits to hearing and being affected by all the fans screaming at him to stop swinging at every first pitch.
The Monkey Says: Though he doesn't cop to that being...
Ben and Sam pick the worst players eligible for the All-Star Game, then discuss Josh Hamilton`s smokeless tobacco use.
It was as if a fairy tale had come to a shuddering, depressing, fiery end. Joe Blanton, bringer of home runs, feigning effectiveness as a major league starting pitcher the past few weeks, decided to lay a new rotten egg. The latest trick of his was to surrender four home runs to the second-to-last-place Cubs. It's difficult to put into words just how badly the Blanton signing...
You really can't fault John Lackey for last night's loss to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. His former teammate, Jered Weaver, simply outdueled him in a 3-0 win over the Boston Red Sox at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on Sunday night.
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