The February 22nd, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Scott Downs interested in an extension, Cordero's return from tragedy and much more...
The Story: Scott Downs is interested in signing a contract extension.
The Monkey Says: Yeah, not so much. Downs was terrible in the second half of last season and plagued by shoulder problems, so even a one-year extension seems like a huge risk at this point.
The Story: The tale of Chad Cordero's comeback from injury and the death of his infant daughter.
The Monkey Says: My son is seven weeks old, so things definitely got a little dusty in the Monkey Mansion when I read this one.
The Story: Kevin Jepsen is coming into the camp looking to change absolutely nothing.
The Monkey Says: See? This is what I am talking about with Frieri screwing around with a cutter. Jepsen got obsesses with developing a two-seamer to offset his cutter and it ended up hurting him. Keep it simple, Ernie.
The Story: The final World Baseball Classic rosters have been finalized.
The Monkey Says: Erick Aybar will play for the Dominican Republic and as a result will see early action in the Cactus League. Non-roster invitees Fernando Cabrera (Puerto Rico) and Efren Navarro (Mexico) will also participate and thus probably forfeit what little chance either had of making the Opening Day roster.
The Story: Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera bonded after their AL MVP race.
The Monkey Says: Don't they know that their race was a holy war between bloggers and the mainstream media? This is like finding out Reagan and Gorbachev had secret sleepovers in the middle of the Cold War.
The Story: Mark Trumbo is doing everything he can to prepare for being a full-time designated hitter.
The Monkey Says: Trumbo doesn't get nearly enough credit for his work ethic and how well he has accepted all the various roles and challenges that the Angels have thrown him already in his short career.
The Story: Michael Kohn will pitch in one of the Angels' Cactus League game on Saturday.
The Monkey Says: Wow, he really is pretty far ahead of schedule. I still think he is going to have to spend some time in Triple-A first, but all the reviews he is getting in camp are pretty great thus far. Then again, Mark Trumbo's defense at third base got good reviews last spring, so...
The Story: Albert Pujols is still hungry to win another World Series.
The Monkey Says: As long as he doesn't get hungry for donuts and McRibs until after the end of his contract, then this is the kind of hunger I support.
The Story: The annual Angels Baseball Foundation 5K is scheduled for March 30th.
The Monkey Says: If that is something that interests you.