Originally written on Monkey with a Halo  |  Last updated 11/18/14
The October 22nd, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Halo Headlines: Imagining an A-Rod-Angels trade, Rodney named Comeback Player of the Year, how the Cardinals thrived without Pujols and much more... The Story: Imagining how an A-Rod-to-Angels trade would (or would not) make sense. The Monkey Says: This post makes the salient point that Callaspo really isn't that bad and was actually better from a fWAR basis last season.  Nobody is saying that Callaspo is A-Rod, he clearly doesn't have that kind of upside, but with Rodriguez getting old and injury-prone, there is no guarantee that he will be an obvious upgrade on the field over Callaspo. The Story: Former Angel Fernando Rodney was named the AL Comeback Player of the Year. The Monkey Says: Not to knock on Rodney, but I just don't get what he was coming back from.  He was a bad pitcher in 2011 and probably no better than league average for several years before that.  Now, Kendrys Morales coming back from a horrific injury and a lay-off of almost two years, that's a "comeback."  That being said, Rodney had an amazing year, so I understand that people wanted to find a way to honor him somehow. The Story: How the Cardinals are thriving without Albert Pujols. The Monkey Says: Carlos Beltran having a huge year was a big help but really, they are just a very well run team that makes very few bad moves.  If anything, it is an indictment on the Angels that the Cardinals were smart enough to avoid giving him such a massive contract.  Of course, we all kind of knew that already. The Story: Picking a cult favorite player for your team. The Monkey Says: Oooh.  I want to play too!  Obviously, this means you can't pick a star player or a non-star who already was a fan-favorite.  I must admit, I always had a soft spot for Shigetoshi Hasegawa and pulled for Todd Greene even after he left the organization.  Those aren't great choices, but I don't think I'm old enough just yet to like anyone super obscure and kind of cool. The Story: How the aces of 2012 were graded as prospects. The Monkey Says: It is a shame that Weaver didn't make the cut.  I would've liked to have seen that grade.  He had a great reputation coming out of college, but he also never threw that hard or had one off-speed pitch that was particularly awesome. The Story: A look backwards and forwards in regards to Ernesto Frieri. The Monkey Says: I agree that it isn't 100% that Frieri will be back as the closer next season, but I think it is actually pretty close.  Finding closers isn't easy and it really isn't easy when you are on record as being unwilling to spend big money on a reliever.  I suppose a trade is always possible, but I'd be willing to bet money on Frieri at least opening 2013 as the closer. [follow]
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