The July 18th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including looking at what package the Angels could offer for Greinke, Trumbo moves to the cleanup spot full-time, Haren dealt with insomnia after going on the DL and much more...
The Story: Ken Rosenthal speculates on the kind of package the Angels would need to get Zack Greinke from the Brewers.
The Monkey Says: The idea of getting Manny Parra in the deal is nice, but it will only make it more expensive. The real issue the Halos have is that they have a enough B-/C+ prospects to make a big deal, but not enough to have anything left in the system after making such a deal. What really kills them though is the lack of A-grade prospects, which other contenders, especially Texas have which would allow them to trump the Angels if they include them.
The Story: Mike Scioscia finally promotes Mark Trumbo to the clean-up spot full-time.
The Monkey Says: I'm surprised because he has been so stubborn historically, but this season he has been more open to change. Hmm, I wonder if Jerry Dipoto had anything to do with that? Anyway, this really isn't as big a deal as it sounds like since flip-flopping Trumbo and Morales will only make a marginal, at best, improvement in the offense. It will, however, lead to a massive reduction in complains from fans and beat reporters.
The Story: Dan Haren said he developed a brief case of insomnia after he went on the disabled list.
The Monkey Says: Haren also found time to complain about the minor league facilities during his one rehab start. Suffice it to say, Dan is not a guy who enjoys idle time.
The Story: Kendrys Morales is frustrated with his continued absence of power.
The Monkey Says: We knew this could happen and he sounds like he knew this would happen, but that doesn't make it any less frustrating. At least he is trying to keep his head up and look for solutions.
The Story: Vernon Wells is one of the highest-paid players in all of professional sports.
The Monkey Says: But that fact is "hidden" by the title and presented in a slideshow to top it off. Basically, this is just Landon Hall deciding that he wants to troll Angel fans for some reason. Thanks, Landon!
The Story: An aggregate look at the top 50 mid-season prospect lists, in which Jean Segura averages out as 58th best.
The Monkey Says: Remember what I was saying about no A-level prospects. Yeah, no A-level prospects.
The Story: Donate canned food, get Angels tickets.
The Monkey Says: Damn! Why do I have to live in Seattle? I am never going to get rid of all the canned beets.