Found February 26, 2012 on
The Angels signed veteran reliever Juan Rincon to a Minor League deal -- though it doesn't include a Spring Training invite, so the 33-year-old right-hander will stay on the Minor League half of the complex throughout the spring.

Reliever Juan Rincon and Angels an odd pairing

Tempe, Ariz. The Angels agreed to terms on a minor league contract with veteran reliever Juan Rincon on Sunday, a somewhat curious signing considering the history between the 33-year-old right-hander and Angels Manager Mike Scioscia. Rincon, then with the Minnesota Twins, served a 10-game suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug in 2005, a season in which...

Albert Pujols impacting Angels on, off field

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Albert Pujols stepped inside the netted cage, clawed the dirt with his cleat and eyeballed left-hander Brad Mills, who was about to get rocked. Pujols exhaled and waited. Then, everything changed. With a few magnificent swings, Pujols sent Mills' pitches screeching into the outfield of Tempe Diablo Stadium and delighted owner Arte Moreno, who is paying the...

Abreu, Angels discuss playing time

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Angels outfielder Bobby Abreu says he's satisfied he'll get enough playing time this season after meeting with Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia. Last week, Abreu told ESPNdeportes that the Angels should trade him if he is going to sit on the bench. However, before the Angels held their first full-squad workout of spring training Monday, Abreu met with Scioscia...

Pujols impacting Angels on, off field

Albert Pujols hasn't connected for his first homer and he's already having a powerful impact on the Los Angeles Angels. The superstar slugger, who signed a $240 million free agent contract with the club in December, has impressed his new teammates with an unparalleled work ethic so far in spring training. Pujols has been one of the first players to report each morning and...

Torii Hunter Jr. eyeing UCLA football program

Torii Hunter Jr., the son of Angels outfielder Torii Hunter, will make an unofficial visit to UCLA. Hunter is a wide receiver from Prosper (Texas) High School, where he will be a senior in the fall. Hunter had 40 receptions for 701 yards and 12 touchdowns last season. He has received offers from Arkansas, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State. UCLA coaches have already started recruiting...

Morales' rehab to be watched closely

Nothing that happens in the Angels' camp this spring will be more closely scrutinized than every step Kendrys Morales takes on his attempted comeback. Morales has not played since suffering a fractured ankle in May 2010. But his return to full health could further transform an Angels lineup that has already added first baseman Albert Pujols. In the first week of camp, Morales...

DOs and DONTs: Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim

Coming off a year where they didn’t make the postseason but they got back in the mix, the Angels have a very good team.  They have been one of the better teams in the American League over the past decade but had seen a decline in the last couple of years.  They are back in a big way with the signings of Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson.  This is a look at their 40 man roster in...

Breaking down the Angels Spring Training positional depth chart

The pitchers have already arrived in Tempe and, as of today, everyone else will have joined them.  Yessir, Spring Training Angels-style is in full effect now! Now that the gang is all here, there is some business yet to be done.  Depth charts need to be sorted out.  Defensive positions need to be decided.  Roster spots need to be won. We already looked at the Angel pitchers...

Angels' Hank Conger is working to be a finished product

Young catcher is trying to stick with the big league club for good, but after a rough patch last season and with the likelihood that the Angels won't carry three catchers, he might be headed back to triple A for more seasoning.Reporting from Tempe, Ariz. -- There comes a time in every highly touted youngster's career when he must turn promise into production, when he must...

Hunter arrives, eager to learn from Pujols

Torii Hunter arrived at Angels camp Sunday, greeted by a pile of new spikes and prime locker placement -- Albert Pujols on one side, Vernon Wells on the other.

Angels' unhappy Abreu resigned to lesser role

Bobby Abreu arrived at the Los Angeles Angels' spring training camp on Monday and even though he said he was not happy, he seemed resigned to his new role with the team.

Angels' Hunter wants to play 2-3 more years

Angels' Torii Hunter wants to play two or three more years.

Angels' Bobby Abreu is OK with limited role ... for now

Outfielder and designated hitter is told by Manager Mike Scioscia that he will play more than once or twice per week and is taking a wait-and-see approach about future with team.Reporting from Tempe, Ariz. -- Bobby Abreu emerged from a meeting with Manager Mike Scioscia and General Manager Jerry Dipoto on Monday no less determined to be an everyday player but a little closer...

Wells excited to get into swing of things

For a man who had the lowest batting average and on-base percentage among qualifying players last year, Vernon Wells seemed especially confident and enthusiastic when he arrived at the Angels' Spring Training facility on Saturday. In his mind, several things are working in his favor heading into 2012

Albert makes presence felt in first full workout

Before the clubhouse got crowded, before many of the television cameras showed up and before the Angels would conduct anything that closely resembled a real practice, Albert Pujols had been here -- in the backfields of the Tempe Diablo Stadium complex, getting his work in with very little fanfare, as he prepares for a 10-year career with the Angels.
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