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The December 20th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including reactions to the Morales-Vargas trade, estimating a Mike Trout extension, sexy baseball GMs and much more...
The Story: The Morales-Vargas swap was a win for both teams involved.
The Monkey Says: I'm not wild about Vargas, but I wasn't exactly thrilled with Morales either. It really is rare when you find teams making trades that make so much sense for both sides, but this one certainly seems to fit that billing.
The Story: Trading for Jason Vargas was a smart long-term move for the Angels.
The Monkey Says: Great point because there was no chance the Halos were going to re-sign Morales, but they might re-sign Vargas. Plus they get to keep Bourjos. Considering Vargas as a hedge against the risk of Tommy Hanson makes a lot of sense too. But the best part is that this is now two breakdowns of the trade done by pro-Mariner writers that seem to think the Angels did just fine here, which is always a good sign.
The Story: Park factors suggest the Mariners might have a steal in Kendrys Morales.
The Monkey Says: I agree for entirely different reasons. People forget that Morales basically hadn't played in two years before this last season. It was always going to take him a long time to shake off the rust. By the final two months of the season, he was crushing the ball, posting .500+ SLG in August and September. There is real upside here for the M's. For the Angels? Not so much. Vargas pretty much is what he is.
The Story: Determining what a Mike Trout contract extension might be worth.
The Monkey Says: A great breakdown here and not just standard finger-in-the-air estimating. The thought of Trout potentially landing a $300 million deal on the open market should be enough to scare the Angels into working something out with him. I really don't think that a $137 million extension is that outlandish either.
The Story: Ranking the sexiest GMs in baseball.
The Monkey Says: Thank Hiroyuki Nakajima for the existence of this post. Also, Dipoto got screwed.
The Story: Signing Hamilton instead of Greinke gave the Angels the flexibility to trade Morales.
The Monkey Says: One could argue that they wouldn't have had to do that if they had signed Greinke, though the $22 million saved is a salient point. Also, I'm not sure what kind of position player would have been worth trading Morales for, so I guess I see the point. Sort of.
The Story: C.J. Cron was named one of the next top prospects likely to be traded.
The Monkey Says: When the article ran in the morning, I only kind of disagreed with Jim Bowden. Now, after the Morales trade, I totally disagree with him, which is always the proper thing to do.
The Story: The difference in baserunning between Mike Trout, who is the best, and Jesus Montero, who is the worst.
The Monkey Says: In a roundabout way, this almost serves to justify the Morales trade anymore. Last season, Morales posted a 121 OPS+ and 339 wOBA while Bourjos posted a 116 OPS+ and a .335 wOBA. That really puts them not very far apart with the bat, assuming Bourjos rebounds. But once you factor in that Morales is one of the worst baserunners and that Bourjos is obviously a good baserunner, the gap is even smaller. Of course, once you factor in the defense, it becomes pretty clear that Bourjos is the more valuable player and more deserving of an everyday job.
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M’s find another bat for 2013
With the trade of Jason Vargas to the Los Angeles Angels for Kendrys Morales, the Mariners have made their biggest splash of the offseason.
Both players are 29 years old and set to be free agents in 2014. But they also fill big needs for their news teams. This is a win-win for everyone.
And it was certainly the right move for Seattle.
ANAHEIM, CA The Angels have acquired left-handed pitcher Jason Vargas from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for infielder Kendrys Morales. Wednesdays transaction was announced by General Manager Jerry Dipoto.
Vargas, 29, finished the 2012 season with a 14-11 record with a 3.85 ERA (217.1 IP 93 ER) and 141 strikeouts. The left-hander led the Mariner staff in wins and quality starts...
The Los Angeles Angels have traded first basemen Kendrys Morales to the Seattle Mariners in return for starting pitcher Jason Vargas, according to a report on Twitter by Angels beat writer Alden Gonzalez.
Morales has spent the last six seasons with the Angels. He was sidelined in 2010 with an ankle injury that required surgery and made him miss all of the 2011 season. In 2012 he...
The Los Angeles Angels, who needed to clear a spot in the lineup, found a willing trade partner in the Seattle Mariners, a team in need of an offensive boost. The result was the Wednesday deal that sent first baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales to the Mariners in exchange for left-hander Jason Vargas. The recent arrival of Josh Hamilton in Anaheim left the Angels with too...
By Chuck Richter - AngelsWin.com Executive Editor
The Angels Wednesday acquired left-handed pitcher Jason Vargas from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for infielder Kendrys Morales. Today’s transaction was announced by General Manager Jerry Dipoto.
Vargas, 29, finished the 2012 season with a 14-11 record with a 3.85 ERA (217.1 IP – 93 ER) and 141 strikeouts. The left-hander...
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...
The Mariners had been very quiet this offseason, but they perked up on Wednesday and acquired a much needed bat.
The Angels traded Kendrys Morales to the Mariners for starting pitcher Jason Vargas, according to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com. Morales will likely be Seattle’s designated hitter, pushing Jesus Montero to be a full-time catcher.
For the Angels, this solidifies their outfield...
The Angels traded for a starting pitcher Wednesday, but perhaps the best part of that news for them wasthey didnt have to give up Peter Bourjos or Mark Trumbo to get him.
Left-hander Jason Vargas, a 14-game winner last season with the Seattle Mariners, was acquired in exchange for designated hitter Kendrys Morales, who made a successful return last season after missing all of 2011...
We all knew a trade of a bat for an arm was coming, and now here it is. The Angels have traded 1B/DH Kendrys Morales to the Seattle Mariners for left-handed starter Jason Vargas.
In a word: meh.
At first glance, it seems that the Angels might have gotten the lesser value in the deal. Vargas certainly fits the mold of the pitcher the Halos were said to be targeting in...
As facts about Kendrys Morales go, here are a few of them. On Wednesday, Morales was traded from the Angels to the Mariners in exchange for Jason Vargas. Morales is and has always been a switch-hitter as a professional. Morales began switch-hitting when he was 12 years old, and the right side is his natural side. That is, Morales naturally bats right-handed, and he had to learn how...
The Los Angeles Angels just did not feel comfortable going with either Garrett Richards or Jerome Williams as their No. 5 starting pitcher in the rotation to begin the 2013 MLB season, so they decided to make a move by trading one of their surplus bats. On Wednesday, the Angels traded Kendrys Morales to the Seattle Mariners for Jason Vargas.
Morales was entering the final year of...
The December 21st, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Vargas and park effect, how pitchers adjusted to Hamilton, debating if the Angels improved and much more...
The Story: The park factor change from Safeco Field to Angel Stadium should be about the same for Jason Vargas.
The Monkey Says: As many have pointed out before, Vargas has...
Prior to the 2012 regular season, Mike Trout and Jesus Montero would’ve been considered leading contenders for the American League Rookie of the Year Award. Both Trout and Montero were top prospects, and Trout was staring at some regular outfield playing time while Montero was looking to catch and hit designatedly in Seattle. Trout eventually won the award, turning in an all-time...
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have quickly fixed the logjam in their offense that was created when they signed Josh Hamilton by dealing designated hitter Kendrys Morales to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for starting pitcher Jason Vargas. The trade will allow the team to keep Peter Bourjos (who Jon Heyman predicted would now be the team's center fielder), along with getting...