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The January 17th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Scioscia's pitchout success, Reyes let go to sign in Korea and much more...
The Story: A look at called pitchouts, their frequency and success rate.
The Monkey Says: This is great because it validates my gut feeling from watching games that Scioscia both calls a lot of pitchouts, but guesses correctly a lot too. What isn't so great is that it doesn't seem to matter that he does because it ultimately still costs the Angels over the course of the season, granted, not very much, but it costs them.
The Story: The Angels have released Jo-Jo Reyes so he can go sign in Korea.
The Monkey Says: This isn't a big deal since the Angels finally have some starting pitching depth now, but still it hurts to lose a guy who, while not very good, at least has big league experience. And, yes, it is a horribly slow news day when a non-roster invite leaving the team to sign in Korea is considered a top story.
The Story: The Sporting News declares the Angels the favorite to win the 2013 World Series.
The Monkey Says: Oh, well, now they have to win it all. I'd feel horrible if the Halos made the fine folks at The Sporting News look bad.
The Story: A primer on how salary arbitration works technically and practically.
The Monkey Says: As I mentioned yesterday, the Angels should be fine this season. Jason Vargas is probably the only player who is in line to make enough such that things might get contentious, but I kind of doubt it. We'll no more when salary figures are exchanged on Friday, assuming any of the four remaining Angel players eligible for arbitration haven't settled by then.
The Story: Details on the Angels moving the press box well down the right field line instead of right behind the plate.
The Monkey Says: This was reported months ago, but they had never explained what was taking its place. I'm sure you'll be shocked to learn that very expensive seats are taking the place of the press box. Frankly, I'm surprised more teams don't do this, especially since fewer and fewer media members actually cover games in person anymore and it has probably been decades since giving the press one of the best seats in the house was necessary.
The Story: Mike Trout is ranked as the best left fielder in baseball.
The Monkey Says: No surprise here, other than how weird it still feels to consider Trout a left fielder.
The Story: Josh Hamilton is ranked as the fifth best right fielder in baseball.
The Monkey Says: I really want to object to this, but given his inexplicably awful finish to last season, I don't know that I can.
The Story: The Inland Empire 66ers announced their coaching staff for the 2013 season.
The Monkey Says: Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
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The January 18th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Aybar to play in the World Baseball Classic but Albert Pujols will not, Wells considered likely to be traded and much more...
The Story: Erick Aybar will play for the Domincan Republic in the World Baseball Classic, but Albert Pujols is not on the provisional roster.
The Monkey Says...
The Angels avoided arbitration with pitcher Jerome Williams on Tuesday, agreeing to terms with the right-hander on a 2-million contract for 2013.
Four other Angels -- pitchers Jason Vargas, Tommy Hanson and Kevin Jepsen and third baseman Alberto Callaspo -- filed for salary arbitration Tuesday and are set to exchange figures Friday. If the team and players can't come to terms...
Do you like Alberto Callaspo? Were you hoping the Angels would move on from him either during this season or after it? Well, it sucks to be you because the Angels not only avoided arbitration with Callaspo for 2013, but also bought out his first year of free agency in 2014 as well.
Through industry source, Callaspo's deal with the #Angels essentially done, pending...
The Los Angeles Angels have avoided arbitration with Tommy Hanson and Jason Vargas, agreeing to one-year deals with both newly acquired starting pitchers.
The Angels announced the deals Friday for the right-handed Hanson and the left-handed Vargas, who are expected to be key members of their rotation this season.
Los Angeles acquired Hanson from Atlanta on Nov. 30 in a deal for...
Right-hander Jerome Williams and the Los Angeles Angels avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a $2 million, one-year contract that more than doubles his pay.
The 31-year-old went 6-8 with a 4.58 ERA for the Angels last season in 15 starts and 17 relief appearances. He made $820,000.
Williams likely will start the season as a long reliever for Los Angeles this spring, with Jered...
Right-hander Jerome Williams has avoided arbitration with the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday, agreeing to a one-year deal.
The veteran went 6-8 with a 4.58 ERA for the Angels last season, making 15 starts and spending long stretches in the bullpen.
Williams likely will start the season as a long reliever for Los Angeles this spring, with Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson and new arrivals...
The Los Angeles Angels will have one less player to worry about come arbitration hearing time. They have signed Jerome Williams to a one-year deal so the team and the pitcher will avoid arbitration this year. Four other Angels' players filed for salary arbitration yesterday.
Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times says the one-year deal between the Angels and Williams...
The January 16th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Williams avoid arbitration, Wilson '0% concerned' about being ready for training camp and much more...
The Story: Jerome Williams avoided arbitration with a $2 million contract.
The Monkey Says: Jerome was lucky to get tendered a contract and even still might have to fight...
The Single-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels are rolling out a tasty promotion this season.On Friday, April 5, the Inland 66ers will hold Farewell to Twinkies Night on the heels of the announcement that Hostess is shutting down their operations.The organization has also extended an offer to actor Woody Harrelson, who in 2009, starred as the Twinkie obsessed Tallahassee in the...