Found November 13, 2013 on Monkey with a Halo:
In order to make sense of all the news and rumors for the Angels this offseason, I've decided to create a central repository. On this tracking page you can check in daily to see the latest Halo Hot Stove rumors and MWAH's analysis and patented SciosciaFaceTM rating of said rumors. TRADE TARGETS PLAYER RUMOR STRENGTH LIKELIHOOD ANALYSIS David Price Who The Hell Knows HIGHLY UNLIKELY Here is the thing, it isn't even official that the Rays are looking to trade Price. They probably are, but they haven't begun actively shopping him yet (as far as we know). Because of that, we don't know if the Angels are showing serious interest or kicking the tires just for fun. Even if they are serious, the history of packages that the Rays will target does not match what the Angels can offer (that would be blue chip prospects, of which the Angels have none), so it would require a big change in philosophy from Tampa for these two clubs to pair up for this deal. - 11/13/13   FREE AGENT TARGETS PLAYER RUMOR TYPE LIKELIHOOD ANALYSIS Grant Balfour Legit Report LOW Balfour would give the Angels the closer they've been looking for to move Frieri into a setup role, but those saves are expensive and Dipoto has expressed an unwillingness to pay for costly relievers. Too many teams are in on Balfour for his price to drop to where Dipoto would be willing to pay. - 11/13/13 Robinson Cano Reckless Speculation NOPE This is only a thing because of the Angels making the irresponsible Hamilton signing last winter. They can't afford Cano but have had their name mentioned because of their past sins. This isn't happening. - 11/13/13 Eric Chavez Legit Report MODERATE The Angels have hinted that they are looking for a platoon at third, so Chavez fits nicely, but several teams that have a better history and relationship with him are in pursuit too. - 11/13/13 Phil Hughes More Guess Than Rumor UNCLEAR Linked to the Angels merely because they considered drafting him instead of Weaver. He's a nice reclamation project, but the Halos haven't shown real interest in him yet. At best, he is a fallback option. - 11/13/13 Brian McCann Iffy Rumor HIGHLY UNLIKELY It was surprising to see the Angels linked to McCann as they have a solid catching situation. McCann is almost certainly going to be too expensive, but they probably checked in on him just to be sure. - 11/13/13 Ricky Nolasco More Guess Than Rumor UNCLEAR Nolasco, aka Joe Blanton v2.0. It is too early in the offseason for anyone to be seriously considering him, but several reporters and analysts have predicted he'll wind up in Anaheim. - 11/13/13 Placido Polanco Legit Report MODERATE Alden Gonzalez reported the team's interest, so the interest is real. I mean, who would feed a reporter a false rumor about Placido Polanco, right? Polanco would be a veteran to mix in with kids like Jimenez and Romine, but he has been a replacement level player the last two years and should not be considered a real solution. - 11/13/13 Masahiro Tanaka 100% Confirmed LOW The Angels want him and should bid on him, but the competition will be fierce. It is more likely that the Yankees, Red Sox or Cubs will make a huge posting offer to secure his rights but that is all on hold until the new posting system is finalized. - 11/13/13 Jason Vargas 100% Confirmed MODERATE We keep hearing there is mutual interest, but nothing is happening. Both parties seem to be looking for better options in the meantime. They might have to settle for each other come late-January. - 11/13/13 Brian Wilson More Guess Than Rumor LOW Analysts have predicted Wilson to land in Anaheim, but his market is already starting to take shape and the Angels have yet to be named as suitors. They can still get in on the mix, but it is looking like he is going to get priced out of their range before they even get to show interest. - 11/13/13   TRADE CHIPS PLAYER POTENTIAL DESTINATIONS LIKELIHOOD ANALYSIS Erick Aybar Cardinals HIGHLY UNLIKELY There isn't a lot of interest in Aybar and the Angels seem reluctant to shop him since they have no viable replacement for him, but there is such a logical trade match between the Halos and the Cardinals. St. Louis needs a shortstop and the Angels need young controllable starting pitching, which the Cards have by the bushel. - 11/13/13 Peter Bourjos Cardinals Cubs Mariners Mets Phillies MODERATE We keep hearing that Bourjos' value is low because of his spate of injuries the last two years, yet his name keeps popping up in more and more rumors. At a point, enough teams have interest in him because they think he can be had at a discount that the competition for his services causes that discount to shrink. Any Bourjos trade will probably have to wait until after Jacoby Ellsbury signs, but there is enough interest there for a trade to happen. - 11/13/13 Hank Conger Blue Jays HIGHLY UNLIKELY The Blue Jays are interest in Conger or Iannetta, but all signs point to the Angels wanting to keep Conger since he is cheaper and under team control for four years. He is hardly untouchable though. - 11/13/13 Chris Iannetta Blue Jays Phillies Yankees MODERATE There is only tepid interest in Iannetta now, but that could change quickly once Brian McCann signs. Toronto is the only team to show confirmed interest and they remain the best match as they have the one catching situation where Iannetta would actually be considered a defensive upgrade. - 11/13/13 Howie Kendrick Blue Jays Orioles Rays Royals PROBABLE We've all made our peace with the inevitable trade of Kendrick. He is their best trade chip and should have a fair amount of suitors. His partial no-trade clause could complicate things, but he will likely be the first domino to fall for the Angels offseason. Nothing is imminent, but that could change in a hurry. - 11/13/13 Mark Trumbo Mariners Marlins Padres Phillies Pirates Rays Red Sox Royals SOMEWHAT LIKELY I thought the trade value of Trumbo was overrated, but as that list of suitors continues to grow, I realize I am going to have to change my stance. That being said, I still think that the Halos like him too much to trade him for anything less than a premium return. Jon Heyman just reported this morning that very notion. The Halos are now saying they don't want to trade him. They could be telling the truth, but they could also be saying that to drive the price up even higher. - 11/13/13 [follow]
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