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The October 5th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Scioscia won't give up on Haren, radio host calls Victor Rojas a 'tool,' front office types pick Trout for AL MVP and much more...
The Story: Mike Scioscia isn't ready to give up on Dan Haren.
The Monkey Says: That would mean more if Scioscia had as much sway with the front office as he used to though. I still think Haren is worth bringing back at a reduced price and Dan definitely seems open to it, the question is if Jerry Dipoto thinks that is a gamble worth making given his budget constraints and Haren's back issues.
The Story: Petros Papadakis of the PMS Show went on a rant ripping apart Victor Rojas, including calling him a 'tool.'
The Monkey Says: I wrote this piece, so I won't rehash it here, but I will say that I like the work of Rojas and am a fan of Petros and Money (more Money than Petros) but in this case I think Petros went way over the line.
The Story: An informal poll of "front office types" shows that they prefer Mike Trout for the AL MVP award.
The Monkey Says: It is a close poll, but when it comes to the arguments the only pro-Cabrera point that holds any weight is Trout missing the first month of the season. Oddly, that point doesn't seem to come up nearly enough in this argument because there is no counter for it.
The Story: Using RE24 to show why Mike Trout should be the AL MVP.
The Monkey Says: This is the absolute best argument in favor of Trout because it ignores WAR and defense and baserunning and STILL shows that Trout provided more value than Cabrera. Now, maybe you lend more weight to Miggy's big moments, but that would be hypocritical as a lot of pro-Cabrera have hung their hat on Cabrera's perceived consistency even though RE24 shows Trout was more consistent.
The Story: The Angels had the second-worst local TV ratings in all of baseball.
The Monkey Says: It only fell a tiny percentage from last season, so this isn't a new development, but it is concerning. Or, actually, it probably isn't. The Halos already got their gigantic TV deal from Fox Sports so the rating aren't going to mean anything until 20 years from now when the contract expires.
The Story: Garrett Richards move back into a starting role but Nick Maronde might remain in relief.
The Monkey Says: I actually think I approve of both of these moves. Richards should definitely be a starter, at least until he proves he can't do it. As for Maronde, he should be a starter eventually, but he isn't going to have a chance to break into the rotation next season. At least in relief he can provide value to the big league club, though it might stunt his growth as a starter since he won't have much of an opportunity to work on his changeup.
The Story: The Angels have fired their international scouting director.
The Monkey Says: International scouting has been something of a black hole for the Angels in recent years, though that isn't necessarily Russo's fault since he hasn't been on the job that long. Ultimately, his sin is being a guy that Dipoto inherited.
The Story: Mike Trout finished #1 on the ESPN fantasy baseball player rater.
The Monkey Says: That totally makes up for him inevitably getting screwed in the AL MVP voting.
The Story: Jerry Dipoto gets a pass for the Angels failing this year.
The Monkey Says: Of course he does. How can anyone ever really blame a first-year GM? They have so much to do the first year just trying to clean up the other guy's mess and establish their own philosophy. Honestly, I don't think a GM can be properly judged until after three years at the earliest.
The Story: LaTroy Hawkins talks about the course of his long career.
The Monkey Says: All his talk about how the mental side of the game was the real difference in his game over the years definitely provides a different perspective on what pitchers need to do to succeed in the bigs no matter how good their stuff is.
The Story: Chris Iannetta ranked as the 20th best defensive catcher in baseball for 2012.
The Monkey Says: That's better than it sounds, but it also isn't that good. Frankly, I am trying to figure out how he finished with a positive score in the passed balls rating. More importantly, that should still be good enough defensively to keep Scioscia happy. Iannetta will never be a Gold Glover, but he definitely isn't a liability which is really all you can ask for considering the offensive production he provides.
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Chris Iannetta and the Los Angeles Angels agreed Friday to a $15.55 million, three-year contract, a deal that keeps the catcher from becoming a free agent.
The Angels announced the deal two days after they missed the playoffs for the third straight year.
Iannetta's previous contract contained a $5 million club option for 2013 with a $500,000 buyout, but the deal said the option...
LaTroy Hawkins might have pitched in his last big-league game. The right-hander was effective out of the Los Angeles Angels bullpen this season — with a 3.64 ERA in 48 appearances — but he isn‘t getting any younger. A veteran of 871 games in 18 major league seasons, he’ll celebrate his 40th birthday in December.Drafted out of a Gary, Ind., high school by the Twins, in 1991...
The Los Angeles Angels went out and got Albert Pujols last winter. They might end up having the youngest MVP in baseball history and a Cy Young winner.
They've also got plenty of time to ponder how it all went wrong during the most anticipated season in franchise history.
The Angels finished third in the AL West at 89-73, a record good enough to win the AL Central or to earn...
The October 4th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Haren open to re-signing at a reduced price, mutual interest in Iannetta coming back to Anaheim, Dipoto doesn't regret waiting to promote Mike Trout and much more...
The Story: Dan Haren is open to taking a lesser one-year deal to return to the Angels next season.
The Monkey Says...
It's a wonder I didn't just post a video of myself crying and call it a night.
Mariners 12, Angels 0
Instead of picking apart this evening's "game" like I normally would, I think it's safe to say that the Angels made too many errors, gave up too many runs, and didn't hit the ball enough times. Does that suffice?
Something I will mention...
The Los Angeles Angels have signed catcher Chris Iannetta to a three-year extension, Mike DiGiovanna of the LA Times reports. The deal will be for $15.5mm.
Iannetta's previous deal included a $5mm club option for 2013. The club option became a player option after Iannetta was traded to Anaheim.
Iannetta who missed most of May, June and July because of wrist surgery, hit .240...
Angels catcher Chris Iannetta agreed to a $15.55 million, three-year contract with the team that keeps him in Los Angeles. Iannetta will earn $5.05 million for 2013, $4.98 in 2014 and $5.53 in 2015. He can also earn performance bonuses based on starts at catcher. Iannetta, 29, batted .240 with nine homers and 26 RBIs in 79 games, though he missed 2 1/2 months with a broken right wrist.
SEATTLE (AP) -- Casper Wells tied a career-high with five RBIs including a three-run homer in Seattle's six-run seventh inning, and the Mariners closed out the season with a 12-0 rout of the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday.
Angels' star rookie Mike Trout went 2-for-3 at the plate with a double leading off the sixth and a single in the eighth to finish the season with a ...
Mike Trout was the best player in baseball this season. You know, I know it. We know it for a variety of reasons – the least of which is the sabermetric craze.
The big sports media outlets are waging a debate on a near-presidential scale of whether Trout or Miguel Cabrera deserves the MVP this year.
Cabrera, as you likely know, won the Triple Crown. That’s an incredible feat...
Casper Wells tied a career-high with five RBIs including a three-run homer in Seattle's six-run seventh inning, and the Mariners closed out the season with a 12-0 rout of the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday.
Angels' star rookie Mike Trout went 2-for-3 at the plate with a double leading off the sixth and a single in the eighth to finish the season with a .326 average. That...
Notre Dame landed receiver Torii Hunter Jr. at the end of an official visit last month, but what are the Irish getting? Take a look at Hunter in action this season.
If you haven't been reading up on the Twitter-verse this morning you might have missed a big piece of Angels news. Posted earlier this morning on The Outside Corner was an article by Overlord of MWaH Garrett Wilson calling to attention a
very spiteful rant made by Petros Papadakis on the Petros and Money Show in which he blasts Victor Rojas, the Angels play-by-play announcer...
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