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The die has been cast. Jerry Dipoto made his decision and ushered fan-favorite Torii Hunter out the door and into the wilderness of free agency, In so doing he has also ushered in the Peter Bourjos era... again.
A fan-favorite to a much lesser degree, Bourjos appears to have been given back his starting outfield job. He didn't earn it back, mind you, he was simply gifted it. As you surely know, Bourjos followed up on his breakout 2011 campaign that endeared him to the fanbase by devolving into the sort of bust that some worried he'd be before 2011. Confusing enough, right?
He breaks out when he is supposed to fall on his face and then falls on his face when he is supposed cement his status as a top-tier center fielder. So, sure, go ahead and give him the starting gig since nobody really know what to expect anyway, right?
Essentially, Jerry Dipoto is gambling that Peter, who should finally be healthy in 2013 after being plagued by hip and wrist injuries in 2...
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By Brian Waller - AngelsWin.com Columnist
All good things must come to an end, and it appears as though fan favorite Torii Hunter’s days in a Halo’s uniform have come to an end; with the door only slightly cracked for the mayor of “Toriitown” to return. After signing a 5 year $90-million deal with the Angels on November 22, 2007 Hunter seemed like the perfect fit for...
The November 5th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Dipoto talks about the Haren non-trade, Hunter not given a qualifying offer, Bourjos will start in the outfield and much more...
The Story: Jerry Dipoto talks about the wild events of Friday night that led the Angels to decline Dan Haren's option.
The Monkey Says: He doesn'...
Mike Trout isn’t afraid of his parents embarrassing him in public.
That means social media. The Angels outfielder welcomed both of his parents to Twitter and urged his followers to follow them.
Welcome my parents to twitter land !!! @debbietrout27 @jeffreytrout !! #FOLLOW
— Mike Trout (@Trouty20) November 5, 2012
Fortunately for Trout –– who is likely to be the Rookie of...
Interview Conducted by Chuck Richter - AngelsWin.com Executive Editor
As most of you who have followed us over the years know, we had a really strong connection with now former scouting director of the Angels, Eddie Bane. Eddie has since moved on to the Tigers as a pro scout & recently took a job with the Boston Red Sox as an assistant to GM Ben Cherington.
It's certainly no secret that the Jays need starting pitching (2 of them, in fact, as per my earlier post), and it is also no secret that the only "bona fide ace" out there on the open market this winter will be Zack Greinke. Putting two and two together, there are many fans out there who would love to see the Jays make a hard push after Greinke. While I certainly agree...
The November 6th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Trout wins Players Choice AL Rookie of the Year, considering Haren's health, estimating how much money will Greinke get and much more...
The Story: Mike Trout named Players Choice AL Rookie of the Year... but nothing else.
The Monkey Says: Good gravy, I don't recall there...
Last week, the Angels shopped Dan Haren around the league, as it was common knowledge that they weren’t going to pick up his $15.5 million option for 2013, and were willing to trade him to a team that wanted to take a one year flier on a pitcher was among the game’s best as recently as 2011. Because they owed him a $3.5 million buyout, the marginal cost of acquiring Haren was...
Vernon Wells is a problem for the Angels. That isn't up for debate. He is one of the highest paid players in baseball but performs just above replacement level, and that might be a generous description. No, the question is just how big of a problem Wells is for the Angels, in practical terms.
What we've already heard several times from reporters, columnists and...
As Angels fans, we've given a lot of thought to the idea of re-signing Zack Greinke. We've also given a lot of thought to Josh Hamilton, but I imagine most of those thoughts are not fit for a family site like this. Now though, I specifically want us all to give thought to Greinke, Hamilton and their oft-dicussed personality/make-up issues.
The stereotype of Greinke...
Torii Hunter may be pushing 40, but the outfielder proved in 2012 that he can still play.
Hunter, who turns 38 in July, is drawing interest from the Red Sox, according to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com. Hunter hit .313 with an .817 OPS while making $18 million this past season — the final year of a 5-year, $90 million contract with the Halos. As Bradford points out, the 16-year veteran...
The November 7th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Red Sox to pursue Hunter, Angels have scounted Japanese closer Fujikawa, more concerns about Haren's back and much more...
The Story: The Boston Red Sox are expected to pursue Torii Hunter.
The Monkey Says: I have a hard time seeing him land there just because I think he wants...
Just yesterday news broke that the Jeremy Hellickson of the Tampa Bay Rays was drawing trade interest from multiple teams. I have to imagine that Jerry Dipoto has at least kicked the tires on Hellickson, this type of move falls all too well into Dipoto's method of operation. Aside from the massive Pujols contract Dipoto is very conservative when it comes to giving out big contracts...