The November 7th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Red Sox to pursue Hunter, Angels have scounted Japanese closer Fujikawa, more concerns about Haren's back and much more...
The Story: The Boston Red Sox are expected to pursue Torii Hunter.
The Monkey Says: I have a hard time seeing him land there just because I think he wants to chase a World Series and Boston is such an unknown right now.
The Story: The Angels have reportedly scouted Japanese closer Kyuji Fujikawa.
The Monkey Says: Intriguing, especially since the Halos are reportedly not going to pursue Japanese high schooler Shohei Otani because they don't have an international scouting presence in Japan. If this report is true, then the Angels clearly have a strong interest in Fujikawa since it means they went out of their way to check him out specifically.
The Story: Buster Olney says the consensus amongst MLB executives is that the Dan Haren trade fell apart over questions about his health.
The Monkey Says: That really is the only logical conclusion I think, so it really isn't a big surprise to hear executives say that. It also isn't a surprise because if I were an executive interested in signing Haren, hopefully for cheap, I would definitely spread the rumor that his medicals are terrible.
The Story: Jim Bowden predict a six-year, $117 million deal for Zack Greinke.
The Monkey Says: I don't like most of what Bowden writes, but if there is one thing he is good at, it is estimating contracts. He did this same exercise last year and was very accurate, or at least more accurate than most.
The Story: A full list of this year's minor league free agents.
The Monkey Says: This list is best used for trying to identify potential reclamation project relievers. For example, I'd really like to see the Angels kick the tires on Collin Balester.
The Story: Mike Trout wins the Beyond the Box Score AL Rookie of the Year.
The Monkey Says: Sometimes you really don't need sabermetrics to make an informed decision. This is one of those times.
The Story: A farewell note to Torii Hunter.
The Monkey Says: He isn't gone yet, but, yeah, he isn't coming back. Best to follow the example of this article and make your peace with it now.