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Monkey with a Halo:
The December 12th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including projecting Trout's career numbers, DiSarcina leaves for Boston, Greinke talks about leaving the Angels and much more...
The Story: Projecting Mike Trout's career numbers.
The Monkey Says: His average looks a bit low to me, if only because I'd think his speed could keep that inflated but it is hard to complain about a projection 84 career WAR. If that comes to pass, he's a lock for the Hall of Fame as he'd be in the same WAR range as guys like George Brett and Ken Griffey Junior.
The Story: Gary DiSarcina has left the Angels front office to manager Boston's Triple-A team in Pawtucket.
The Monkey Says: DiSar has Red Sox ties and still has a home in the area, so this seems to be too good of an opportunity for him to pass up from a personal standpoint. It will be curious to see if Dipoto replaces Gary quickly or keeps the spot open.
The Story: Zack Greinke talks about his time with the Angels and decision to join the Dodgers.
The Monkey Says: It sounds like he was willing to return to the Angels but they never made a serious offer, likely because they knew how expensive he was going to get and they just weren't willing to even entertain getting into a bidding war. In fact, according to Zack, the Halos never really made any kind of real offer.
The Story: A look at the varying first-pitch approaches of Mike Trout and Bryce Harper.
The Monkey Says: Again, I fail to see why they are being compared here. That being said, it is interesting that Trout swung at the second-fewest first pitches in all of baseball. If I have one criticism of Trout, it is that he isn't aggressive enough at the plate sometimes and often takes pitches for the sake of taking pitches. I appreciate his plate discipline, but it seems like there has to be a happy medium there because he is definitely missing good pitches to hit and sometimes striking out looking almost to prove a point.
The Story: The Angels are hosting their annual holiday party for kids, benefiting the Angels Baseball Foundation.
The Monkey Says: Several Angel player will be there, so I think I might try and sneak in. There are lots of 6'5" eight-year olds, right?
BEST OF MAXIM
LOS ANGELES Finally.
An honest man.
Maybe even two.
Zack Greinke said that when it came down to choosing the Dodgers over other teams pursuing him, it was all about the money.
General manager Ned Colletti said that the Dodgers have done what they set out to do, and now theyre done with the nearly 600-million shopping spree.
The new Dodger right-hander said that he was leaning...
The December 10th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Greinke signs with the Dodgers, making sense of the Angels' pitching moves and much more...
The Story: Zack Greinke has signed with the Dodgers for six-years and $147 million and will now create all sorts of fallout through the league.
The Monkey Says: Well, I think we all saw...
Over the weekend, the Los Angeles Dodgers broke the proverbial bank when they added free agent pitchers Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu to their already bloated payroll.But they only made one go "Gangnam Style" during his first photo shoot with the team.Seriously, is that how we welcome a Korean-born baseball player to the Majors? I can't imagine that dude donned the...
LOS ANGELES The Angels have a news conference scheduled for late Wednesday morning to officially introduce their four new pitchers, none of whom will be Zack Greinke.
When it came time to choose his team, sign his contract and pose for photos wearing his teams jersey and cap, Greinke picked the Dodgers, not the Angels.
Greinke spent two months in Anaheim last season, but any hope...
Earlier today, the deal that has been the talk of the town, was finally consummated when new starting pitcher Zack Greinke donned his new Dodger jersey and ball cap for the first time amid an army of reporters.
Having recently signed a league record six-year deal for $147 million, the Dodgers continued to show the rest of baseball that they planned to be a force to be reckoned...
Josh Hamilton is heading to Hollywood, and his new teammates are reacting to the stunning news of the slugger’s new destination.
Rookie of the Year and MVP runner-up Mike Trout will now have a MVP winner in the outfield with him next season, and the 21-year-old couldn’t quite articulate his reaction to the news.
Wow— Mike Trout (@Trouty20) December 13, 2012
Meanwhile, one of...
On Saturday, the Los Angeles Dodgers gave one of the biggest contracts in baseball history to Zack Greinke. On Sunday, the Dodgers gave a big contract to Ryu Hyun-Jin, who has never before pitched in the majors. The Dodgers still might not even be done, and neither of the moves this weekend came as a surprise, because as we’ve established, the Dodgers have all of the money. The...
Well, it happened. Zack Greinke is staying in Southern California, but he'll be doing so wearing Dodger Blue and all the Angels have to show for it is a wobbly rotation and a giant hole in their farm system where three quality prospects used to be.
Some corners of the baseball world are applauding Jerry Dipoto for the restraint he showed in not giving into Greinke's...
The Los Angeles Angels and the Los Angeles Dodgers have ruled the roost this offseason. The best available free agent players, Josh Hamilton and Zack Greinke, have both been spoken for and it’s official - they love L.A..
There has been a seismic shift in the baseball landscape and the more Bud Selig screams parity, the less of it there seems to be.
Meanwhile, all we can do here...
As much as I hate tooting on this worn-out horn, this offseason has been remarkably underwhelming for the Angels. Coming into this free agency class the Angels were almost expected to shell out the cash to retain free agent pitcher Zack Greinke, only to get monumentally burned when he signed with the Dodgers for $147 million. I don't blame Dipoto for letting Greinke go at that...
The baseball market is an interesting place, poisoned by the once outlandish claims of the Yankees and the overall change in player value these days. We fear giving players contracts for the short term in their old age, yet we will gladly sign stars well into their late thirties at ridiculous salaries to get them in their prime. I could go on about my issues with the way players...