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The December 5th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Haren picks Nats over Halos, Angels pursuing McCarthy, no longer in on Dempster and much more...
The Story: Dan Haren signed a one-year, $13 million deal with the Nationals after turning down a one-year incentive-laden contract from the Angels.
The Monkey Says: The Halos offered Danny about half the guaranteed money but did apparently have an offer that included a vesting option for 2014. This is surprising on two levels because Haren seemed to have a strong preference for the West Coast and even said he'd be willing to take less money to stay in Anaheim. Obviously he probably felt a little scorned after his failed trade to Chicago. From the Angels' end, I'm a bit surprised to see them aking a strong play to lock in Haren before Greinke had made his decision (assuming their offer wasn't contingent on Zack signing elsewhere). Although I suppose it is possible that they could have kept Haren and Greinke and just kicked Richards to the bullpen. Or maybe they are really as out on Greinke as reports suggest.
The Story: The Angels' interest in Brandon McCarthy is picking up steam.
The Monkey Says: This should please a lot of fans who have been begging the Halos to go after McCarthy. Don't get too excited though because the Angels aren't the only team said to be getting serious on the pitcher.
The Story: The Red Sox and the Angels are believed to be the two main suitors for Kyle Lohse.
The Monkey Says: Yuck. Lohse scares me on several levels and I would hate to see the Angels sign him to a long-term deal. I wouldn't worry too much just yet because the Halos have been linked to literally every half-decent starting pitcher on the free agent market.
The Story: The Halos have dropped out of the bidding for Ryan Dempster.
The Monkey Says: Good. He did not seem to adjust well to the American League.
The Story: Torii Hunter issued a personal thank you to Angels fans on hsi website.
The Monkey Says: Classy until the very end.
The Story: Mike Trout won GIBBY awards for top play and top rookie.
The Monkey Says: I have no idea what a GIBBY is, but this TOTALLY atones for the MVP snub. Am I right?
The Story: Angels Win has released their top 50 Angel prospects.
The Monkey Says: The MWAH prospect list comes out right after the new year. We only go to 30, which was tough to get to, so I can't imagine what it took for AW to get to 50.
The Story: The Angels should totally trade for Alex Rodriguez (no, not really).
The Monkey Says: When I saw this pop up in my RSS feed I thought Hudson had lost his mind for a minute. That was a close one.
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Nationals sign Dan Haren to 1 year, $13 Million deal.
Up above, video of Davey Johnson and Mike Rizzo talking about the Dan Haren signing, via CSNWashington.com. Video is here, also.
Davey: "I like his stuff. I like his competitiveness....I think he'll be one of the leaders on the staff"Rizzo: "We have a good core of four young starters, and a really...
A person familiar with the talks tells The Associated Press that free agent pitcher Dan Haren and the Washington Nationals are close to completing a one-year deal for $13 million.
The person spoke Tuesday at the baseball winter meetings under condition of anonymity because the deal wasn't finalized.
The Nationals had the best record in the majors last season. The NL East champions...
Ryan Dempster was a name on Boston’s mind before the trade deadline last summer, but the Texas Rangers ended up scooping him up in their playoff push.
Boston is now said to be interested in the right-hander the second time around.
The Red Sox have “checked in” on Dempster, according to Alex Speier of WEEI.
Dempster, 35, is said to want a three-year deal.
Dempster moved from...
When the Angels allowed Dan Haren to walk away for nothing, the immediate speculation was that he’d look to stay on the West Coast. There seemed to be a natural fit with the Padres, and though there were lingering questions regarding Haren’s health, it was clear he was going to get a shot somewhere, and it was clear he was going to be in some sort of demand. Haren seems to have...
The Washington Nationals are almost always pursuing under the radar deals, and today's latest signing is no exception. Mike Rizzo and the Nats have penned a one-year, $13 million deal with former Angels and Diamondbacks starter Dan Haren, according to Ken Rosenthal.
Haren will surely move into the bottom half of the Nationals' starting rotation, replacing free agent Edwin...
By Tanner Shurtz - AngelsWin.com Columnist
On July 25, 2010 Tony Reagins made a trade with the Diamondbacks interim General Manager Jerry Dipoto. The trade was Dan Haren for Joe Saunders, Patrick Corbin, Rafael Rodríguez, and a PTBNL (Tyler Skaggs), Haren was under contract for 2011 and 2012 at $12.75MM per season with a club option for 2013 of $15.5MM ($3.5MM buyout), while...
Ben and Sam answer listener emails mostly (but not entirely) about things that happened on day two of the Winter Meetings.
And so, while you're sitting around basking in the afterglow of #BeastAppreciationDay, and wondering how Dan Haren's physical turned out, and crying over losing Sean Burnett to the Angels and Danny Rosenbaum and Jeff Kobernus in the Rule 5 Draft, and dreaming about Spring, enjoy the photo above of the guy Davey Johnson all but guaranteed will be back at first base next...
Big league pitchers could experiment with protective hat liners next season, hoping they can absorb the shock of batted balls such as the ones that struck Brandon McCarthy and Doug Fister in the head.
Major League Baseball medical director Dr. Gary Green presented ideas to executives, physicians and trainers at the winter meetings this week. Among the prototypes being studied is...
So all the exciting Winter Meetings deals are gonna come on the last day? It's like Frank and Zach from MTV's Challenge have taken over the Winter Meetings and ruined them too. Give me back Evan and Kenny and CT! In the words of T.J. Lavin, they killed it! Sorry, I didn't have any balloons set up to fall when Sean Burnett signed a deal. Maybe Greinke will finally...