Found October 07, 2013 on Monkey with a Halo:
The October 7th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Pujols sues Jack Clark, trade interest in Trumbo and Kendrick and much more... The Story: Albert Pujols officially filed a suit against Jack Clark due to Clark's steroid allegations. The Monkey Says: Unsurprisingly, Pujols is good to his word. My understanding is that these sort of cases are hard to prove, but there is also a chance that Clark, who is known to have financial issues in the past, may not have the money to fight the suit. If this does somehow go to trial, one aspect of it that I look forward to is what I can only assume is Clark's lawyer trying to unearth Pujols' true age as proof of Albert's past dishonest behavior, assuming that the rumors of him being older than he claims are actually true. The Story: The Angels have several teams interested in trading for Mark Trumbo. The Monkey Says: His power has a lot of team interested, even if his OBP is an issue. There just isn't 30+ guaranteed homer guys sitting on the market right now and it could allow the Angels to turn Mark into a young starting pitcher, a starting third baseman or relief help. It also might factor in that Trumbo's arbitration price is going to be kind of expensive. With their luxury tax concerns, the Halos are going to have to unload at least one semi-large contract if they intend to spend any money this winter. There should be quite a few teams interested, so it is just a matter of finding the right GM who is wowed by his power and willing to overlook his OBP and overpay for those 30+ homers (hi, Dayton Moore). The Story: The Angels are expected to revisit trading Howie Kendrick this off-season. The Monkey Says: This has been re-reported several times the last few weeks which serves to underscore how likely a Kendrick trade is. That aforementioned luxury tax concern is one major reason Howie is being shopped. The question is whether the Halos need/want to trade both Howie and Trumbo or just one of them. I suspect that answer is highly contingent on their pursuit of Masahiro Tanaka. The Story: The Angels will likely make an announcement one way or the other on the futures of Mike Scioscia and Jerry Dipoto. The Monkey Says: I tossed out the idea that maybe the delay in an announcement stems from the Halos pursuing a trade of Scioscia. That might still be the case, but as this article details, it could also be that Arte Moreno has been out of town and wants to make that decision with the affected parties in person. That seems like a flimsy excuse though as Arte surely could've found a way to be in town. The scenario that concerns me most is that he somehow hasn't reached a decision yet. Indecision like that is never leads to good things. The Story: The Angels claimed reliever Josh Wall off of waivers from the Marlins. The Monkey Says: You're not going to believe this, but the Angels scooped up a hard-throwing fastball-slider reliever with command issues. Hey, it could work out, you never know, but don't expect a whole lot either. [follow]

Angels trade rumors: Mark Trumbo sought by multiple teams

With the 2013-14 MLB offseason looming teams are beginning to work out their future plans in an effort to prepare for 2014 and beyond. One such team is the Los Angeles Angels who coming off a disappointing season have been rumored to be in the trade market as a possible seller in the offseason. Mark Trumbo might be the best trade bait the Angels have to offer. He has tons of power...

Angels expected to revisit Howie Kendrick trade

The Angels shopped Kendrick at this year’s July 31 trade deadline and received interest from multiple teams but obviously no move was made. Kendrick is owed $9.35 million next season and $9.5 million in 2015 — reasonable salaries for a consistently productive second baseman. Anaheim badly needs an influx of reliable starting pitching — young or old — and there aren’t going...

Angels rumors: LA likely to trade Howie Kendrick

With the Los Angeles Angels continuing to struggle, even with their hefty payroll and star-studded roster, more changes figure to be in order this offseason. One of the expected moves involves second baseman Howie Kendrick. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports the Angels are likely to trade Kendrick to acquire pitching or prospects. Kendrick has spent his entire professional...

ALCS OFF DAY NOTEBOOK | Angels Classic Rewind | Dateline: October 7th, 2002

By Joe Haakenson, Contributor -  OCT. 7th, 2002 OFF DAY NOTEBOOK MINNEAPOLIS -- Darin Erstad lifted the bill of his cap to show off a scar on his forehead. Then he pulled down a sweatband off his right arm to show off another scar. Both came as a result of a collision with infielder Benji Gil on June 1 at the Metrodome. The Angels had trouble spotting flyballs...

ALCS GAME ONE | Angels Classic Rewind | Dateline: October 8th, 2002

By Joe Haakenson, Contributor -  OCT. 8, 2002 ALCS GAME 1 ANGELS AT TWINS MINNEAPOLIS -- Roger Clemens couldn't do it. Neither could Andy Pettitte. Ditto for Mike Mussina and David Wells. While the Angels hitters demolished New York Yankees pitching in the Division Series, they found Minnesota Twins starter Joe Mays not nearly as accommodating. Mays...

ALDS GAME 4 | Angels Classic Rewind | Dateline: October 5th, 2002

By Joe Haakenson, Contributor -  OCT. 5, 2002 ALDS GAME 4 YANKEES AT ANGELS ANAHEIM -- For the team that plays in The City That Never Sleeps, it was lights out. The New York Yankees, the American League champions in each of the past four seasons and five of the past six, returned to New York early Sunday morning without any such banner, with their so-called...

Halo Headlines: Trout nominated for Hank Aaron Award, the sins of Arte Moreno

The October 8th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Trout nominated for Hank Aaron Award, the sins of Arte Moreno and much more... The Story: Mike Trout is the Angels' nominee for the Hank Aaron Award. The Monkey Says: This is some cockamamee award for the best offensive player as voted on by fans and a group of Hall of Fame players. In otherwords...

Fixing the Angels for 2014 in seven steps

We still don't know who the GM of the Angels will be this winter, but it is no matter to me. At least not right now. I've got plans of my own for what the Angels should do. Yes, it is time for me to play pretend and act out what I would do if Arte Moreno completely lost his mind and made me the GM of the Angels. Though I am tempted to blow the thing up, I can't fathom...

The Monkey's End of Season Awards

The Mike Trout Award (Team MVP) - Mike Trout I almost named this the Miguel Cabrera award just to be ironic. Trout is the best, he is going to be the best for a long time. The award is his until further notice and shall remain named in his honor for the rest of time. Honorable Mention: Mike Trout, he's just that good   The Jeff Mathis Memorial Award (most maligned...

Mariners claim Travis Witherspoon

G’Bye Blanco First move for the new season???  Witherspoon is No. 13 Angels prospect according to for what its worth. Via Twitter Additionally, OF Travis Witherspoon was claimed off waivers by Seattle. — Angels PR (@LAAngelsPR) October 8, 2013 To make room Blanco was let go. #Mariners claim AA outfielder Travis Witherspoon off waivers from LAA; DFA catcher Henry Blanco...

Albert Pujols is suing Jack Clark over steroid allegations

Two months ago, we brought you the story of former St Louis Cardinal Jack Clark saying on the radio that Albert Pujols was a steroid abuser. Pujols vigorously denied the claims and threatened a lawsuit, while Clark and cohost Kevin Slaten were fired. Two months later, Pujols is going ahead with the lawsuit against Clark. The exact wording of Pujols' lawsuit spells out the...
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