Found December 01, 2011 on Monkey with a Halo:

The December 1st, 2011 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including reactions to the Iannetta-Chatwood trade, Tim Salmon on the Hall of Fame ballot, Trumbo receives another rookie honor and much more...

The Story: Keith Law likes the Iannetta acquisition for the Angels.

The Monkey Says: If Keith Law actually says something positive and snark-free about something, then you must be doing something right.  I really like his point about how Colorado could be the worst place for Chatwood's style of pitching to succeed.

The Story: Chris Iannetta has finally been freed.

The Monkey Says: An underreported aspect of this trade is that Iannetta got jerked around a lot by the Rockies management, kind of like Scioscia jerked around Mike Napoli.  Naps clearly flourished once he escaped Scioscia's rule, so maybe Iannetta can do the same now that he is out of Colorado, but that assumes that Scioscia won't put the same kind of pressure on Iannetta that he put on Napoli,

The Story: Tim Salmon is making his first, and possibly last, appearance on the Hall of Fame ballot.

The Monkey Says: Let's be honest, the King Fish has no chance in hell of making it to Cooperstown.  The only thing I am curious about is if he will get the needed 5% to stay on the ballot for another year.  I doubt he does since he never even got enough appreciation from the media or fans to get him into an All-Star game.  One thing he has in his favor is that he is one of the "definitely no PEDs" sluggers, so he might get a slight boost there.  I'm guessing he gets 3% of the vote.

The Story: Mark Trumbo was named to the 2011 Topps Major League Rookie All-Star Team.

The Monkey Says: I love the tidbit about Shawn Wooten being the last Angel to receive that honor.  Talk about a blast from the past.

The Story: Jerry Dipoto trumpeted Chris Iannetta's on-base skills as a big reason the trade.

The Monkey Says: I'm going to try and put this delicately so as to not offend, but this is a very key point Dipoto is making and some people don't seem to get it.  OBP is very important.  It is much more important than batting average.  If you don't like this trade because Iannetta hits for a poor average, you aren't seeing the whole picture.  In his worst season, Iannetta's OBP was .318.  In Mathis' best season, his OBP was .288.  That's a lot of outs Iannetta can save and that doesn't even factor in the big power advantage he has over Mathis.  If you want to dislike this trade, fine.  Just don't try and hate on it based on his damned batting average.

The Story: With catcher now upgraded, Jerry Dipoto is focusing on adding starting pitching and bullpen help.

The Monkey Says: That's interesting because it makes it sound like he is done upgrading the offense.  Iannetta will definitely help, but this team needs more lineup help than that.

The Story: An appreciation of gritty players, starting with former Angel Darin Erstad.

The Monkey Says: 19-year old me loves this post.  My mancrush on Erstad in his prime ran so deep it is scary.  This might even inspire me to write a long ode to my love of Ersty at some point later in the off-season when the news cycle slows down.


The Colorado Rockies deal Chris Iannetta to the Angels

The Rockies have dealt 28-year old righty swinging catcher Chris Iannetta to the Angels for 21-year old righty starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood. Iannetta played in 112 games for the Rockies last year and he was 82 for 345 (.238 avg, .785 OPS) with 51 runs scored, 14 homers, 55 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. He played in 458 games in his six years with the Rockies and he was 336 of 1,429...

Colorado Rockies trade Chris Iannetta; prepare to sign Ramon Hernandez

On Wednesday afternoon, the Colorado Rockies completed a trade sending catcher Chris Iannetta to the Los Angeles Angeles in exchange for starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood.The move coincides with the Rockies nearing a deal with free agent catcher Ramon Hernandez. The deal with the former Red is reportedly a two-year deal worth just over $6 million.The move brings a power arm in the...

Angels, Rockies Have Talked About Chris Iannetta

The Angels have been aggressively looking for a catcher according to Scott Miller of (Twitter links), and Troy Renck of The Denver Post reports that they've spoken to the Rockies about Chris Iannetta. Colorado asked about the availability of pitcher Tyler Chatwood. Just yesterday we heard that the Rockies are interested in free agent backstop Ramon Hernandez...

Colorado Rockies Trade Chris Iannetta, Sign Ramon Hernandez

The Colorado Rockies made two moves that would make a veteran fantasy baseball owner smile had this been done in a fantasy league as they essentially swapped catchers while picking up a young starting pitcher. In their first move, the Rockies traded catcher Chris Iannetta to the Los Angeles Angels for starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood. The team then signed free agent catcher Ramon...

Fantasy Impact: DeJesus Signs with Cubs and Rockies Ship Iannetta to Angels

Winter meetings are just around the corner, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of moves to ponder. I’ll do my best to avoid discussing the impact of relief pitcher signings because players that might be closers now (Daniel Bard) might not be closers very soon (Ryan Madson to Red Sox?). As for the rest of the positions, there’s much we can glean early on before the...

Angels get Iannetta, send Chatwood to Rockies

Angels acquire catcher Chris Iannetta from Colorado Rockies.

Angels add Iannetta, send Chatwood to Rockies

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The Los Angeles Angels have acquired catcher Chris Iannetta from the Colorado Rockies in a trade for right-hander Tyler Chatwood.

Rockies sign a catcher, trade a catcher

According to Fox Sports, the Colorado Rockies have signed catcher Ramon Hernandez to a two-year, $6.4 million free agent contract and traded catcher Chris Iannetta to the Angels for right-handed pitcher Tyler Chatwood
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