Originally posted on Monkey with a Halo  |  Last updated 1/16/13
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]
MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
Five most anticipated September MLB call-ups
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

U.S. Soccer hands Solo six month suspension for Olympic comments

Report: Josh Gordon will be restricted free agent after 2016

Chargers release statement on Joey Bosa situation

Yoenis Cespedes says he will not opt out of Mets contract

Zach Johnson unloads on Olympic golf

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Drew Brees says players do not trust league office, Goodell

Lawsuit over Hall of Fame Game refiled after McAfee comments

Report: Griffin plans to re-sign with Clippers, won't be traded

Report: Wentz unlikely to see any playing time this season

Minnesota Wild names Prince’s ‘Let’s Go Crazy’ official goal song

Gabby Douglas joining judges for Miss America pageant

Bryce Harper holds Ledecky's medals during first pitch

One Gotta Go: NFL legends bring the hate for our favorite football movies

Hard not to be cynical about LeBron's 'Cleveland Hustles'

Familiar faces that won't be seen in the NFL this year

24 quintessential moments of Kobe Bryant's career

Revisiting the 10 biggest mistakes of the NFL offseason

One Gotta Go: NFL legends (and Jose Canseco!) have no love for Captain America

Four WNBA teams to pay attention to post-Olympic break

Madden 17 shows how vital a fresh coat of paint can be

Why people just can't get behind the Washington Nationals

Washington's Josh Norman speaks candidly about multiple NFL talking points

Derrick Rose: Knicks have chance to win every game

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

One Gotta Go: NFL legends bring the hate for our favorite football movies

Hard not to be cynical about LeBron James' 'Cleveland Hustles'

Ranking the uniforms of the NFL from worst to best

Familiar faces that won't be seen in the NFL this year

24 quintessential moments of Kobe Bryant's career

One Gotta Go: NFL legends (and Jose Canseco!) have no love for Captain America

Four WNBA teams to pay attention to post-Olympic break

Madden 17 shows how vital a fresh coat of paint can be

Why people just can't get behind the Washington Nationals

QUIZ: Name every player to win a championship with Kobe Bryant

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker