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The February 25th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Wells to retire after 2014, Wells not likely to be traded to the Yankees and much more...
The Story: Vernon Wells intends to retire and buy a minor league franchise after the 2014 season.
The Monkey Says: It is good that Vernon is planning this because he was probably going to be forced into retirement after 2014 anyway, what with him not being good at baseball anymore. Now, if only we could employ a complicated scheme to set all calendars, computers and newspapers that Wells comes into contact with to read as October 2014, we could hasten this promised retirement and save the Angels $42 million. Or maybe brainwashing is the better route? Does anyone know a good hypnotist?
The Story: Don't expect Vernon Wells to be traded to the Yankees in the aftermath of Curtis Granderson's injury.
The Monkey Says: I agree, though the article offers no justification for the claim. The Yankees have said they will fill the void internally, so there is that, but not everyone is going to believe that statement. Wells has been linked to the Yankees before, so it wouldn't be a big shock if the deal went down, but I think the whole trading Vernon ship already sailed because the Angels decided that they aren't just going to give him away for free.
The Story: The Angels weighed the risks and rewards of Josh Hamilton before signing him.
The Monkey Says: So did everyone. That's what every team does for every player before signing them. Of course, Hamilton happens to have a much more public set of risks than most, but this is hardly a groundbreaking thought process.
The Story: Tommy Hanson is feeling better than he has in years so far in training camp.
The Monkey Says: That's encouraging, but let's see how he actually pitches and what the radar gun says once the game starts.
The Story: Bill Hall has been learning to play first base in training camp.
The Monkey Says: That seems pointless because the Angels already have plenty of options there. Versatility is wonderful and all, but it isn't like he is going to play first over Trumbo if Pujols goes down. I'd much rather see Hall sharpening his defense at third, second and left than screwing around at first base.
The Story: Kaleb Cowart ranks as the #42 prospect in Baseball Prospectus' top 101 prospects.
The Monkey Says: OK, I think we are finally done with all these rankings. This has been exhausting.
The Story: Albert Pujols is one of the potential biggest bounceback candidates in 2013.
The Monkey Says: This doesn't seem like a big leap in logic considering that he went .297/.357/.553 after his miserable month of April.
The Story: A look at how A.J. Schugel ended up being converted from an infielder to a pitcher.
The Monkey Says: It is kind of amazing that they signed him after just a few bullpen sessions. It is even more amazing that he has developed so quickly despite his lack of experience.
The Story: Kendrys Morales was not at all surprised when the Angels traded him.
The Monkey Says: He saw the writing on the wall when the Angels signed Hamilton. If he was only that prescient when it came to his ill-fated stomp of home plate.
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The February 25th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Weaver "doesn't give a (expletive)" about lost money, Burnett and Madson to ramp up throwing programs and much more...
The Story: Jered Weaver "doesn't give a (expletive)" about the money he left on the table when signing a contract extension.
The Monkey Says: He...
Albert Pujols is in the starting lineup to make his 2013 spring training debut for the Los Angeles Angels, about 10 days ahead of schedule following offseason knee surgery.
Pujols was down to be the designated hitter and bat third against Cincinnati on Tuesday, saying he wanted to ''see some live pitching,''
Angels manager Mike Scioscia says Pujols ''feels...
By David Saltzer, AngelsWin.com Senior Writer --
It takes a lot to make a successful Little League baseball season. It starts
with the dedication from the people who organize the league, includes all the
hard work from the coaches who run the teams, and ends with all the hours
donated by the parents who make it all happen (especially the team moms!). It's a labor of...
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Josh Hamilton wants to turn over a new leaf with his new team. The free-swinging slugger is planning to practice better plate discipline in his first spring with the Los Angeles Angels.
Hamilton then swung at the first pitch he faced in an Angels uniform Tuesday, grounding out to short in Los Angeles' 7-7, nine-inning tie with an Arizona Diamondbacks split...
The MWAH prospect countdown marches on with a third baseman who deserves a shot in the majors but probably won't get one, at least not with the Angels.
Position: 3B Highest Level: Triple-A
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6'1" Weight: 205 lbs.
Age: 25 Born: 1/18/88
2012 Season Stats
Triple-A: 517 PA, .309 AVG, .334 OBP, .495 SLG, 38...
The Los Angeles Angels enter the 2013 season with a roster filled with superstars, but none may be more popular than Mike Trout. The 21-year-old burst onto the scene last year and was one of the best players in baseball. Had it not been for Miguel Cabrera winning the Triple Crown, Trout could have easily taken home the American League MVP award. How popular is Trout in LA? Of the...
C.J. Wilson got his wish by getting a big fat contract to return to Southern California to pitch. But that dream turned into a nightmare by the end of the season. Will everyone's favorite straightedger be able to redeem himself in 2013?
2012 Stats: 202.1 IP, 13-10, 3.83 ERA. 4.04 FIP, 181 H, 91 BB, 19 HR, 173 SO, 1.68 GB/FB, 2.5 fWAR
2013 ZiPS Projections: 193.1 IP, 3...
By David Saltzer, AngelsWin.com Senior Writer --
One of the things that I love most about baseball is that it constantly teaches me something new every day. As a child, it taught me how to play hard and fair play. As a teenager, it taught me how to work hard to achieve greatness. As a young adult, it taught me to maintain my faith in my team through challenges and triumphs.
The New York Yankees are currently seeking a fill in for injured outfielder Curtis Granderson, and two names that have come up in trade
talks are Vernon Wells and Alfonso Soriano. While both appeared to be early candidates to replace Granderson during his stay on the disabled list, it’s
unlikely that the Yankees will acquire either player.
Bill Shaikin of The Los Angeles...
The February 27th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Callaspo reported to camp overweight, Hamilton makes his spring debut and much more...
The Story: Alberto Callaspo showed up to camp 20 pounds overweight, but has already lost most of it.
The Monkey Says: It seems Alberto was nursing a shoulder problem in the off-season so he didn't work...
The MWAH prospect countdown marches on with a slugging outfielder who is hoping to make a name for himself.
Position: OF Highest Level: High-A
Bats: Right Throws: Right Height: 6'1" Weight: 195 lbs.
Age: 22 Born: 8/13/91
2012 Season Stats
High-A: 575 PA, .298 AVG, .335 OBP, .488 SLG, 30 2B, 9 3B, 18 HR, 71 RBI, 92 SO, 16 SB, 6 CS, .329...
There is a stupid premium on Jered Weaver. Stupid as in dumb. Not stupid as in, "Yo, Grey your feathered hair is stupid fresh! Farrah Fawcett is prolly jealous in heaven. Flap your wings, Greyseph Hawkins, you are my angel on earth. I love you." In the top 20 starters for 2013 fantasy baseball, I went over some of this so if you've been there, read that, skip...
Mike Trout's 2012 season is much like a fishing story. It just seems to get more extravagant with each telling of the tale. I've heard the fables, "Oh man, I caught this 12 lb walleye in my bath tub!"; when in reality the guy probably dropped a 12 lb turd in his toilet after eating Taco Bell. The plastics and tainted horse meat will do that to a guy. You'll...