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Right near the top of Jerry Dipoto's off-season shopping list has to be bullpen help. It is probably listed right underneath rotation help and maybe milk and eggs. Regardless, getting some better, more reliable relievers is a major priority for the Halos after their 2012 season was largely torpedoed by the Bullpen of Perpetual Sorrow.
This glaring need has become somewhat mutated though in recent weeks. No longer is it a need for better relievers in general, but specifically a need for a "proven closer." This seems to be what fans want and what the media deduces as their true target. Neither seems to take into account the actual works that Jerry Dipoto has been saying on the topic though. By that I mean the very specific quotes he has given about "never" looking to spend big money on a reliever, which usually goes hand-in-hand with a "proven closer," or how he thinks bullpens can be built with lower cost, middle relief options. Nope, ever...
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The Angels have intensified their pursuit of Japanese reliever Kyuji Fujikawa, who toured Angel Stadium on Saturday and then went out to lunch with General Manager Jerry Dipoto and Manager Mike Scioscia.
Upon returning to Japan on Sunday, Fujikawa, a 32-year-old right-hander who has been Japans top closer for six years, told reporters, I was very impressed with the way the Angels...
By Jonathan Northrop - AngelsWin.com Columnist
Williams and DiMaggio, Mays and Mantle, Bonds
and Griffey…baseball has a history of paired superstars, players of similar
talent that are associated with each other for much of their careers. Mike
Trout and Bryce Harper, AL and NL Rookies of the Year of 2012, will almost
certainly be paired in name for the rest of their careers...
AngelsWin.com is never short on running contests through the season and offseason. This month we're proud to have teamed up with egraphs.com in an effort to bring recognition to this new way of receiving an autograph from your favorite players electronically.
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The November 20th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Angels meet with Fujikawa, wondering if the Angels be better off without Greinke and much more...
The Story: The Angels hosted Japanese closer Kyuji Fujikawa for a visit yesterday.
The Monkey Says: This was expected as Fujikawa is meeting many teams right now. Hopefully this means...
Scott Kazmir’s comeback season isn’t done just yet.
Kazmir recently made his debut in the Puerto Rican Winter League with the Gigantes de Carlina. In four innings, he surrendered two runs on four hits, while walking one and striking out six.
He was all but written off once the Los Angles Angels released him at the beginning of the 2011 season. Months after being let...
Generally speaking, at least in terms of baseball free agency, the top free agent will set the market for the rest of the free agents as soon as he signs his big contract during the start of the offseason. Not to take away from the rest, but it is the best player who will sign a large contract, setting the parameters for the others to fall in line, almost sort of like a domino effect...
The Arizona Fall League season has commenced and now most baseball junkies are tuning into late night or early afternoon ESPN to watch the Latin American winter leagues. But what can we really take away from these offseason leagues? In truth, not a lot. Players can sink or swim for any number of reasons in the offseason. The most common, players can simply be too exhausted...
The Case for James Shields By Robert Cunningham - AngelsWin.comAuthor’s Note: I originally wrote this article near the trade deadline (late July 2012) as I felt very strongly that the Angels wanted to acquire Shields for the division run. However, this event did not come to pass for, probably, the following two reasons: 1) The Rays, rightfully, felt that they were still in contention...
The November 21st, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Angels add three to 40-man roster, Kuroda signs with the Yankees, considering a trade for James Shields and much more...
The Story: The Angels added Brandon Sisk, Ryan Brasier and Travis Witherspoon to their 40-man roster in lieu of the Rule V Draft.
The Monkey Says: Sisk and Brasier...
Today is the one time of the year that everyone, no matter how well-off or unfortunate, gives thanks to what they have in their lives. Do you hear that Angel fans? This is the one time of the year that you all HAVE to thankful with what the Angels have given to you without any undue whining or griping. It's the season for thanks, the season for positive reflection, so...