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The December 19th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Phillies interested in Wells, part of Hamilton's contract is a donation to charity, Scioscia discusses expectations and much more...
The Story: The Phillies are interested in trading for Vernon Wells.
The Monkey Says: Philly acquiring Michael Young and Vernon Wells in the same off-season might actually cause a mass suicide in Philadelphia. That's not even a joke. I'm actually worried that this might happen. If it does, I'm sure it will go down December 21st and trigger the Mayans' prediction of an apocalypse. Other than that, this seems like a good idea.
The Story: $2 million of Josh Hamilton's contract is actually a donation to Hamilton's charity.
The Monkey Says: That lessens the potential luxury tax bill ever so slightly, but it is still money they have to pay, so this is nothing more than a very nice thing that Hamilton is having the Angels do on his behalf.
The Story: Mike Scioscia discusses the expectations for the Angels this season.
The Monkey Says: Standard Scioscia speak here, but he is right. Adding Hamilton doesn't really change anything. People still expected the Angels to be World Series or bust this season even before they made a single move.
The Story: Josh Hamilton is making sure his support structure remains in place in Anaheim.
The Monkey Says: Honestly, I get why people want to know about this stuff, but it skeeves me out that a majority of baseball fans know about Hamilton's "accountability partner." I know he is a celebrity, but I imagine some privacy would only help his support structure stay in place.
The Story: C.J. Wilson talks about his racing team, recovery from elbow surgery and Josh Hamilton.
The Monkey Says: You know the off-season news cycle is hitting a lull when a reporter resorts to a story involving Wilson's racing team crap.
The Story: Josh Hamilton is the Angels' new "go-to guy."
The Monkey Says: I respectfully disagree. Hamilton is a complementary piece. The Robin to Trout's Batman. Heck, he might be the Robin to Pujols' Batman too, which I guess makes Trout Batman, Pujols Nightwing and Hamilton Robin. Or maybe Josh is Alfred and Albert is Robin. Either way, this move was never made with the idea of Hamilton being the new franchise player, that was the Pujols move last winter. This one was made almost as a way of doubling down on the Pujols' signing.
The Story: Fun with rate stats for Angels prospects.
The Monkey Says: I don't know if I really trust FIP in the minors just yet. It is still interesting and something I actively refer to when studying up on prospects pitchers, but I just don't think it is as strong an indicator as it is in the majors. Actually, I guess that is true of most minor league stats.
The Story: A plea for the Angels to not trade Peter Bourjos.
The Monkey Says: I was carrying this flag last off-season, but I have since laid it down. My biggest issue is that I think Trout will never provide his full value if he is shifted to left field. I also think he is their best trade chip right now and they have an immediate need in the rotation, so if ever they were going to cash in that chip, now is the time.
BEST OF MAXIM
By David Saltzer, AngelsWin.com Senior WriterFor the past few years, the Angels have needed a left-handed bat in the heart of their lineup. The Angels have had plenty of sluggers, but they were primarily right-handers. They lacked the balance that could strike fear in an opposing pitcher and could neutralize any advantage an opposing manager could invoke against the heart of...
The easy thing is talking about what Josh Hamilton has done. For his career, he’s hit .304, with 161 dingers. Last year, his WAR was 4.4, and before that it was 4.1, and before that he won the American League MVP. Hamilton just signed a substantial contract with the Angels, and the season most relevant to the Angels during negotiations would’ve been Hamilton’s 2012. Hamilton...
The Los Angeles Angels are supposedly shopping outfielder Vernon Wells, and the New York Yankees are rumored to be the team who is very interested.
Vernon Wells in 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Now why would the Yankees want Wells?
Well, here are some Wells- facts to sleep on:
- 2006 signed to a 7-year, $126 million contract with Blue Jays; is considered the worst contracts...
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Los Angeles Angels will pay 2 million directly to Josh Hamilton's charitable foundation under his 125 million contract.
Under the five-year deal completed Saturday, the All-Star outfielder receives a 10 million signing bonus and salaries of 15 million in each of the next two seasons, 23 million in 2015 and 30 million apiece in 2016 and 2017.
On each June...
We are never going to be rid of Vernon Wells, are we?
Every time it seems like the Angels are on the verge of erasing Tony Reagins' most epic of mistakes, something happens to keep him in the fold. Last season, it was the uncertainty surrounding Kendrys Morales' recovery and Mark Trumbo's ability to get on base more than once every week. Factor in a strong, in...
In case Texas Rangers fans forget how different their lineup is going to look when the 2013 season begins, the team’s 2013 calendar is here to serve as a reminder. As you know, Texas has parted ways with several stars this offseason including Josh Hamilton, Mike Napoli and Michael Young. However, the calendar you see above was already printed before any of those transactions went...
With the recent monster signing of former Texas Ranger Josh Hamilton to a 5-year, $125 million contract it's become obvious the Angels are in "win now" mode harder than they've ever been before. Harder than they were last year when they spent $300 million on Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson. The Hamilton signing is nothing but amazing for the Angels, in the short...
The Phillies appear to have given up on the idea of getting an acutal starting outfielder with power and have gone to some last restorts. The latest from CSNPhilly's Jim Salisbury seems to indicate that the Phillies do not wish to even pay the price of a Cody Ross and...
The Seattle Mariners have acquired DH/ 1B Kendrys Morales from the Los Angeles Angels for pitcher Justin Vargas, the Mariners announced.
The Angels had been looking to move someone, as they had a surplus of outfielders/ DHs after the Josh Hamilton signing. The team preferred to move Morales and keep Mark Trumbo and Peter Bourjos.
Morales who missed about a about a season and a half...
The acquisition of Josh Hamilton gave the Angels what they wanted, but it also left the Angels with a little problem: between Peter Bourjos, Mark Trumbo, and Kendrys Morales, they had too many good players for too few spots. This was, as they say, a nice problem to have, and the Angels also felt they had a need for another innings-eating starting pitcher. So in a move surprising...
Perhaps aside from the Los Angeles Angels winning the Josh Hamilton sweepstakes the Toronto Blue Jays have without a doubt made the biggest splash in the MLB offseason. After raiding the Miami Marlins’ roster with the acquisitions of shortstop Jose Reyes and pitchers Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle the Jays made another significant move by [...]
FanGraphs managing editor Dave Cameron analyzes all baseball — and, in particular, the part of baseball concerning the trade of R.A. Dickey to the Blue Jays from the Mets for prospects. Also: how the Angels’ signing of Josh Hamilton doesn’t particularly represent a huge payroll spike for them. Also-also: the Phillies spend more on a relief than starting pitcher...
By David Saltzer, AngelsWin.com Senior Writer
My uncle John just recently passed, and he has been on my mind a lot. Our families would spend Christmas together, and the holidays just aren’t the same without him.
My uncle John was an insurance agent. He always told me never buy anything expensive if I couldn’t afford the maintenance and the insurance on it. He’d tell me that...