Originally posted on Monkey with a Halo  |  Last updated 8/28/12
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The August 28th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Trout far and away the top seller in Angels team stores, Bourjos starts a rehab assignment, The Onion takes a shot at Vernon Wells and much more...

The Story: Mike Trout merchandise is far and away the biggest seller in the Angels team store.

The Monkey Says: Yeah, but just watch those Takahashi jersey t-shirts fly off the shelves now that they have become a collector's item.

The Story: Peter Bourjos went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts in his first rehab assignment game with the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees.

The Monkey Says: It sounds as if they will keep him down for several games, probably at least until rosters expand.  That is actually a good thing since it will allow him to get regular at-bats again and thus possibly slightly more ready to contribute whenever he gets spot starts.

The Story: The Onion mocks Vernon Wells.

The Monkey Says: Yeah, but did they try kicking him a few times?  That usually works and if it doesn't, it makes you feel better, so everybody wins.

The Story: Zack Greinke would have been better off staying with the Brewers.

The Monkey Says: This makes very little sense to me.  Greinke hit a little bump with the Angels, but it is highly unlikely to hurt his value as general managers are smart enough to not judge a guy based on one shaky month.  I also totally disagree with the notion that the Angels have very little chance of signing him.  In fact, they probably have a great chance at signing him since the Dodgers just clogged up their payroll and teams like Boston and the Yankees have never been a match for him.  There really aren't that many suitors lined up for Greinke heading into the off-season and I can't help but wonder if maybe his rough transition in Anaheim will scare him off from changing teams again.

The Story: Trout and Weaver could make the Angels the first team to win Rookie of the Year, MVP and Cy Young all in the same season.

The Monkey Says: But they also might not make the playoffs which is what anyone is going to remember about such an awards sweep.

The Story: Jered Weaver doesn't care about awards other than a championship.

The Monkey Says: See?  Even Weaver is going to remember that he would have won his Cy Young in a year in which the Halos missed the playoffs.

The Story: Angels pitchers are trying to stay loose despite their recent struggles.

The Monkey Says: Sure, why not, nothing else is working.

The Story: A Mets fan bemoans how they missed out on Mike Trout.

The Monkey Says: Trout was taken 25th in the draft with a compensation pick from the Yankees, which gets all the press, but that 24th pick that the Mets gave to the Angels was just as important to Trout becoming an Angel.  This is why they are the LOLMets.

The Story: A look at Dan Haren since returning from his back problems.

The Monkey Says: Honestly, I still don't think anyone knows what he will give the Angels from start to start.  One would hope he would stabilize over the rest of the season, but back injuries have a knack of flaring up at random internvals.

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