Originally written on Monkey with a Halo  |  Last updated 11/15/14
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 for a roster spot, so he was wise to settle early. The Story: C.J. Wilson is "0% concerned" about being fully ready for training camp. The Monkey Says: He is already playing long toss, so this is great news.  An additional interesting tidbit he shared is that he started losing range of motion in his elbow back in July, which would definitely explain away his second half struggles, which should inspire even more confidence that he will have a nice rebound season in 2013. The Story: The Angels are hoping to come to terms with their four remaining arbitration eligible players before figures are exchanged on Friday. The Monkey Says: Very few cases go to a hearing anymore, so I'd imagine they have a good shot at accomplishing that goal.  Hanson and Callaspo are both coming off bad seasons, so they will probably be eager to settle rather than take their chances in a hearing.  Jepsen should be in the same boat since he has spent a lot of time in the minors the last few years, his strong second half not withstanding.  My big concern would be Vargas since he is coming off a solid campaign and also has no real allegiance to the franchise.  He is going to be expensive, which doesn't help either.  I don't know that he'll go to a hearing, but I'd be willing to be a healthy sum that he is the last guy out of the four to resolve his contract. The Story: Fangraphs rolled out their top 15 Angels prospects for 2013. The Monkey Says: This list goes to show how differently prospects can be valued depending on the person.  Hulet clearly values upside, which is why he has Austin Wood and Mike Clevinger so high.  Wood could be awesome, but he could also flameout in a hurry.  Clevinger has a ton of potential too, but he was downgraded in the MWAH Top 30 Prospect Countdown since he will miss 2013 with Tommy John surgery.  I'm not saying Fangraphs is wrong or anything like that, just pointing out that all these prospect rankings can be wildly divergent, especially in a shallow system like the Halos have. The Story: The sneaky good season of prospect Matt Long. The Monkey Says: Long is very interesting.  I kind of like him before but wasn't sure if his bat would play in the outfield.  However, now that they've shifted him to second base, he kind of has this whole Ryan Raburn thing going on which makes him intriguing as a utility guy in the near future. The Story: An excerpt from John Sickels' prospect book on R.J. Alvarez. The Monkey Says: He's hopefully going to be closing for the Angels by 2015, so you best get to know him. The Story: Ernie Young has been hired as the hitting coach for the Arkansas Travelers. The Monkey Says: This probably doesn't matter much other than the Dipoto regime installing another new coach more in line with his philosophy but I include it here because I am always excited to see the Angels hire a hitting coach that isn't named Mickey Hatcher. The Story: A video preview you to get you primed for the upcoming 2013 Angels season. The Monkey Says: Nicely done, but I sure hope he got the express written consent of Major League Baseball before he put that together.  I smell a copyright infringement lawsuit! [follow]
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Kentucky remains unbeaten after thrilling win over ND

Alabama DT arrested on domestic violence charges again

John Calipari blasted for postgame interview

WATCH: MJ, Tom Brady play pickup game in Bahamas

WATCH: Wrong national anthem played for El Salvador

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

WATCH: Russell Wilson smashes HR in Rangers BP

John Fox: Jay Cutler will have to earn starting QB job

Report: Shaka Smart, Gregg Marshall candidates for Texas

Kurt Warner is helping to turn around Colin Kaepernick

Bizarre call allows Duke to cover spread against Utah

Saints love TE Josh Hill following Jimmy Graham trade

Sam Dekker's hot shooting sends Wisconsin to Final Four

Jim McElwain complains about Florida roster

Mark Few: I put Coach K up there with John Wooden

WATCH: Enes Kanter embraces boos in return to Utah

Mariners prospect dies from boat accident injuries

T.J. Ford sends heartfelt tweet about Rick Barnes

Bruins coach suits up as backup goalie

Tennessee fans show love for Bruce Pearl on campus rock

Louisville guard turned off phone after clutch NC State win

Steve Spurrier hung out with Kenny Chesney before concert

Winnipeg Jets prospect had a rough night on the ice

Did Dean Smith’s gifts to former players violate NCAA rules?

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

John Fox: Cutler will have to earn job

Texas eyeing Shaka Smart, Gregg Marshall?

WATCH: Brady jumps off cliff in Costa Rica

WATCH: 2 Chainz beats Nique in HORSE

Elite Eight preview and predictions: Notre Dame vs. Kentucky

Elite Eight preview and predictions: Arizona vs. Wisconsin

NFL owners chose cost over game integrity

Be careful how loudly you cheer on Mo'ne Davis' olive branch

James Harden and the collective consciousness

Hottest coaching seats in NBA

Under-the-radar NL MVP candidates

Notre Dame’s coach makes first Elite Eight

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.