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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!
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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...
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...
Every offseason you've been accustomed to our long winded season preview of the Los Angeles Angels -- and while you're still going to get one from AngelsWin.com in the upcoming weeks -- here's a different twist on what's to come from the Los Angeles Angels in 2013, from Rafael Rodriguez - AngelsWin.com's Video Producer.
Baseball fans have been waiting for the day when Mike Trout would come back from an ocean expedition with a giant aquatic animal at the end of a pole.
It would be a day for wordplay and wittiness, of puns and potshots. What else can you ask for when you have a great outfielder named Trout?
But alas, Trout has caught his first fish, and it’s so big that we can only tip our hats...
Ladies and Gentlemen, here are the winners of our 'Best Of 2012' series voted on by the fans and members at AngelsWin.com. A GREAT job all around to everyone involved and BIG thank you to all you who participated in the voting. There was incredible moments and contributions from our writing staff this past here. Here's some of the best of 2012 below.
Is it just me, or does it seem as if Mark Trumbo is destined to find himself in the hot seat every off-season? At this time last year there were questions floating about regarding Mark Trumbo and his ability to play third base every day. Mark Trumbo proved his critics right, playing terrible defense at the hot corner for only 8 games before finding refuge in the outfield. Trumbo...
After a quick glance at the Top 15 list it should be fairly clear that this is one of the weakest minor league systems in Major League Baseball. Poor drafts (mainly due to lost draft picks from free agent acquisitions) and trades have decimated the system, which has almost no starting pitcher depth to speak of.
#1 Kaleb Cowart (3B)
The January 15th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Angels announce spring training invitees, Trout catches 550-pound fish and much more...
The Story: The Angels released their full list of non-roster invitees for training camp.
The Monkey Says: Most of them were already known, none of them are very exciting. Luis Rodriguez and Brendan...
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...
I saw this picture on BustedCoverage the other day. Mike Trout just living the life man. The guy is the best player in professional baseball and now he’s taking the fishing world on by storm. Trout better be careful about reeling in 550 lb fish – he’ll be rumors of steroids before the sun comes up.
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...