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Monkey with a Halo:
The December 3rd, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including reaction to the Hanson-Walden trade, Angels lose out on Fujikawa, Greinke meeting with teams and much more...
The Story: The Tommy Hanson trade is unikely to pay off for the Angels.
The Monkey Says: So says Keith Law and most baseball people. The word seems to be out that Hanson's shoulder and back are in bad shape although Atlanta's GM claims that Hanson's down season last year was not health-related. Some also seem to think the Angels are dumb for taking on his $4 million salary or so this season, which I think would be a more valid concern for a team with a smaller budget. There is no doubt that this is a gamble for the Halos, but I don't think it is one that they can get too badly burned on as they can always non-tender Hanson after the season if he doesn't pan out. All it will have cost them is a few million bucks and a young reliever that they didn't like anymore.
The Story: Reliever Kyuji Fujikawa chose the Cubs over the Angels.
The Monkey Says: This coming right on the heels of reports that the Angels were the front-runners. Oh well. My guess is that this was less about money and more about Fujikawa looking for a chance to close. There is some speculation in there that the Halos could now revisit the trade for Carlos Marmol, but I doubt it as I think that original deal had a lot more to do with the Angels just looking to get whatever they could for Dan Haren.
The Story: The Angels, Dodgers and Rangers all met with Zack Greinke over the weekend.
The Monkey Says: And so the final courtship begins. The three big players have all made their initial pitches and now Zack Greinke's agent will do what he does. He also claims the a decision could come in the next 48 hours possibly. That is probably just ploy to put pressure one teams to make a panic offer though.
The Story: The Angels replaced risky Dan Haren with risky Tommy Hanson.
The Monkey Says: That is a good point, but this is a risk that gives them more payroll flexibility than keeping Haren would have. I also think it has a higher upside if Hanson is able to get healthy.
The Story: OF Scott Cousins was claimed on waivers by the Angels.
The Monkey Says: Cousins has been claimed and waived by several teams already this off-season, so the Angels are just taking a turn. It would be no shock to see him released at some point, but he could also be given a shot to win the fifth outfielder spot in spring training.
The Story: Brian Wilson names the Angels as one of four teams he would prefer to sign with.
The Monkey Says: That's nice and all, but the Angels already have one former closer coming off TJ surgery. Wilson's colorful behavior probably isn't anything the Halos have much interest in either.
The Story: Jerry Dipoto heads to the Winter Meetings with a pitching shopping list.
The Monkey Says: A list that he seems pretty certain of, so at least he has his ducks in a row for Nashville, but his plans are going to all be put on hold until Zack Greinke gets around to making a decision.
The Story: Vernon Wells could be a trade candidate for the Angels.
The Monkey Says: Sure he is. He has been available for months, but nobody wants him. Maybe they find a taker this off-season, but it isn't going to be at the Winter Meetings while everyone is busying themselves with all the big fish still in the free agent and trade pool.
The Story: Could Hank Conger be a trade chip for the Angels?
The Monkey Says: Now we're talking. I don't buy for one second that the Angels are going to keep Conger as the back-up catcher. He seems like the perfect candidate to be flipped for a reliable relief pitcher to take Walden's vacated spot and minimize some of the risk they took with Madson.
The Story: Albert Pujols' declining walk rate is not only alarming, but coming earlier than expected.
The Monkey Says: Well, it isn't earlier if you buy into the conspiracy theory that he is lying about his age. In fact, this only provides more evidence for that claim.
The Story: The Arkansas Travelers have announced some front office changes.
The Monkey Says: I still don't know what minor league front offices really do, but I suppose this is newsworthy and possibly not a good thing or possibly just part of what happens when a new GM takes over for the MLB parent club.
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When the Atlanta Braves pulled off a deal with the Los Angeles Angels yesterday to send Tommy Hanson west, the deal felt lopsided. The Braves were getting a relief pitcher who had never developed into anything close to a star. Hanson, on the other hand, was a top prospect and exceeded expectations once he came up. The trade seemed to be a loss on the Braves' end, but there...
The Los Angeles Dodgers are “determined” to sign free agent
Zack Greinke, no matter the cost, and it’s pretty clear they are going to extend
the right-hander his largest offer of the winter, reports Jon Heyman of
But it seems pretty clear who is going to offer Greinke the
biggest deal. The Dodgers seem determined to sign him, no matter the cost.
The Zack Greinke sweepstakes appear to have come down to two
teams, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Texas Rangers, reports Jon Heyman of CBS
it appears the Greinke derby is currently betw. the #rangers and #dodgers. belief is the deal likely to be for $160M-plus.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 5, 2012
Yesterday it was reported that the Dodgers are...
The Los Angeles Angels have acquired Tommy Hanson from the Atlanta Braves. The one time stud prospect has dealt with shoulder problems recently and has seen a decline in his velocity. Should he recover some of that loss velocity, Hanson has the ability to be a top of the line starter for years to come.
Hanson, a 26-year-old right-hander has a 45-32 career record and 3.61 earned-run...
Everyone is trying to make something out of nothing when it comes to Zack Grainke, who is the elite free agent starting pitcher on this year’s market. Will he stay with the Los Angeles Angels? Will he remain in the American League West and sign with the Texas Rangers? Could he stay out west but switch to the National League and join the World Series champions, the San Francisco...
The LA Dodgers have blank check capabilities and the best free agent of the year in Zack Greinke within their reach. But is making contact the best move?The post Money, Cash, Throws: Zack Greinke And Big Dodger Dollars appeared first on The Sports Fan Journal.
"Maybe it works out better that the deal [with Washington] didn’t go
through. In two years I might be a free agent, and then they get to
keep the players [who would have been] in the trade. And some of those
guys could end up being key players for them."(Zack Greinke, via Washington Post, 3/22/2011)
And so, here we are two years after Zack Greinke snubbed...
There’s not a whole lot of question right now regarding just who is the top free-agent starting pitcher available. When in doubt, follow the Dodgers. It was thought that re-signing Zack Greinke would be the Angels’ main offseason priority. They’re still interested, but they might be priced out. The Dodgers are in there and flashing their wallets. The Rangers might be just as...
At this point, it will be an upset if the Texas Rangers do not land one of the top two free agents.
Could be outfielder Josh Hamilton. Could be right-hander Zack Greinke. Could be neither, likely will not be both.
The Rangers are competing for both players, major-league sources say, while also continuing to engage in trade discussions for Arizona right fielder Justin Upton, Tampa...
The baseball offseason is entering its second month, and so far the biggest story has been the Miami Marlins salary dump.
Thats about to change.
The annual winter meetings begin Monday at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn., the ideal site for an event headlined by free agents Zack Greinke and Josh Hamilton.
The elaborate Opryland think sprawling...
The December 4th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Angels falling out of Greinke bidding, have serious interest in Sean Burnett, exploring Lohse, Sanchez and Haren options and much more...
The Story: More reports surface that the Angels have fallen out of the race for Zack Greinke.
The Monkey Says: Here is what Dipoto had to say about...
Here is some news that, as an aside, doesn't make me entirely happy as an A's fan who enjoys his team winning and having easy teams to beat up on in the American League West. The news is that the Rangers have put Josh Hamilton contract talks on hold to pursue Zack Greinke. You can see why this would upset me.
But that's not what I'm here for. I have a whole A&...