Originally written September 24, 2013 on Monkey with a Halo:
The September 24th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including MVP case for Mike Trout, Pujols feels good and ready for normal off-season routine and much more... The Story: Albert Pujols feels good and will start his normal off-season routine in November. The Monkey Says: Albert says he was working to get himself in playing shape earlier in September in case the team needed him, which they obviously didn't, which Pujols would've realized if he could do basic math. This bodes well for Pujols being a more productive player next season, but that is far from a guarantee. The Story: The MVP case for Mike Trout. The Monkey Says: All of these arguments make sense, none of them will change the fact that Miggy is going to win MVP again because BBWAA voters are resistant to changes and new ideas. The Story: Can anyone unseat Miguel Cabrera as the reigning AL MVP? The Monkey Says: No, didn't I just say that? The Story: Wait until next year, LA Angels. The Monkey Says: There have been a lot of these lately, but I have to say I am surprised at the generally positive tone. A month ago before the Angels got hot, I don't think that would've been the case at all. This piece does have a nice reminder though that the Angels are on the hook for $126.5 million in salary next season, so even if they increase their budget, they still won't have all that much money to spend barring Arte Moreno losing his mind again. Keep in mind though that the Halos will clear nearly $10 million if/when they trade Howie Kendrick. The Story: The Angels need to determine who will "pitch" in to turn things around. The Monkey Says: Get it? "Pitch" because they need better pitching? So punny. It really can't be stated enough how Garrett Richards's emergence made an already daunting task to improve the rotation far more feasible. They still have two slots to fill, but they don't necessarily need one of those guys to be a high end guy since Richards has been pitching so well.If they want, they can put the pressure back on the offense to carry the team and fill out the rotation with inning-eaters or with young guys who will now be under less pressure to make a big impact right away. The Story: MLB Network ran a special on Lyman Boston over the weekend. The Monkey Says: I missed it, but Bostock has always fascinated as a very unique case in professional sports history in the way he reacted to his performance related to his contract but also in terms of the sad and strange circumstances surrounding his death. [follow]
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