Found November 03, 2012 on
Taking Bad Schotz:
Much to the same tune as their cross-freeway rivals the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Angels have now failed to make the playoffs for the third consecutive season despite huge signings, trades and money thrown into the team. In spite of spending over $315 million in signing both Albert Pujols, C.J. Wilson to long-term deals and trading for Zack Greinke midway through the season, the Halos could not emerge from the shadows of the Texas Rangers or hold off the surging Oakland A’s in 2012. While it is not necessarily panic time in Anaheim, it is certainly do-or-die time for manager Mike Scioscia. The Angels’ manager has been on the hot seat for over a year now, and if he can’t win in 2013 it will most likely be his last season with the Angels. “I have told him. He wants to come back, I want him to come back,” said owner Arte Moreno. “He’s been the manager of the Angels for 13 years. He will be the manager of the Angels for a 14th year. Period.” http://losangeles.angels.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120922&content_id=38854680&c_id=ana Moreno still has confidence in Scioscia and is committed to winning with him as the team’s manager. Therefore, significant moves will surely be made this offseason to help Scioscia and the Angels get back to the playoffs this season. Here are the moves I think the Angels should make if they hope to contend for a spot in the postseason in 2013: Resign Zack Greinke via onesecondleft.com Without any doubt, Zack Greinke will easily be the most highly courted pitcher of the MLB offseason. After joining the Angels at the trade deadline last season, the 2009 Cy-Young Award winner posted a 6-2 record with a 3.53 ERA. The 29-year old free agent out of Orlando, Flor. has all the makings of a No. 1 starter in almost any rotation. Over the past four years, Greinke has eclipsed 200 strikeouts three times, while earning a 57-33 record in that time. With Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson both inked through at least 2016, the Halos have a chance to cement one of the top rotations in baseball by signing Greinke. Expect them to make a compelling offer within the next few weeks. Resign Torii Hunter Photo Credit: AP Photo/Jae C. Hong The Angels were able to stay in the playoff hunt thanks to the everyday leadership and game play of outfielder Torii Hunter. The four-time All-Star is coming off one of the best seasons of his career and was the most stable bat in the Angels’ lineup for a good portion of the year. At 37-years old, Hunter‘s triple slash numbers were .313/.365/.451 with 16 home runs and 81 runs scored. Hunter also provides a leadership in the locker room that is unparalleled. His experience and advice to the younger players such as Mike Trout will be instrumental to their careers with the Halos. Acquire Relief Pitching Photo Credit: BeGreen90 flickr This slide will be of no surprise to anyone who followed the Angels in 2012, but for those of you who don’t know, here are the horrific facts about the Angels’ bullpen this past season. The Angels tied the abysmal Boston Red Sox for most blown saves in the American league over the course of the season. In 60 save opportunities, the Halos bullpen squandered 22 saves. To put this in perspective, if the Angels were to match their AL counterparts, the Oakland A’s, with just 17 blown saves last season, the Halos would have tied the A’s for the AL West crown. Simply put, five fewer blown saves and the Angels would have been in the postseason. This year, GM Jerry Dipoto needs to place an emphasis on grabbing guys who will be able to hold leads for the Halos late in games. Some interesting free agent relief pitchers who will be on the market this offseason will be Detroit Tigers closer Jose Valverde, Texas relief pitcher Mike Adams and World Series champion Jeremy Affeldt of the San Francisco Giants. The combination of an improved bullpen with great starting pitching will be the recipe for success for the Angels next season. -Passovoy Article also on Bleacher Report (http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1391007-three-immediate-moves-the-los-angeles-angels-should-make-this-offseason)
BEST OF MAXIM
Dan Haren was nearly traded to the Chicago Cubs yesterday. Today the right handed pitcher is a fee agent after being released ahead of Friday’s deadline to pick up options. The Los Angeles Angels will pay Haren a $3.5 million buyout instead of the $15.5 million option the team had on him.
Despite injury concerns Haren expects to be a highly targeted pitcher.
The Cubs and Angels...
By Jonathan Northrop - AngelsWin.com Columnist
Just over a year ago Jerry Dipoto was named the Angels’ General Manager and within a couple months made his mark, culminating with the “Big Splashes” of the 2011 December GM meetings, netting the top free agent hitter and pitcher, Albert Pujols and CJ Wilson. Over the course of the rest of the offseason he made a variety of...
ON THE MARKET
It appeared like Dan Haren was getting traded to the Cubs, but that didn't go down. Instead, the pitcher is now a free agent.
Dan Haren became a free agent after the Los Angeles Angels failed to work out a trade and then declined the pitcher's 2013 option.
Haren, a three-time All-Star from 2007-09, gets a $3.5 million buyout under the deal, which included a $15.5 million club option for 2013.
Hours earlier on Friday, the Angels agreed to trade Haren to the Chicago Cubs for closer Carlos Marmol. But...
It looked great on paper. Angels pitcher Dan Haren for troubled closer Carlos Marmol. Unlike some media nowadays, I read between the lines. When Patrick Mooney of CSN’s Chicago came out with the news that the Haren for Marmol trade was off. I gave myself a sigh of relief. It didn’t feel like new [...]
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The Los Angeles Angels who held an option on right handed pitcher Dan Haren ($15.5 million with a $3.5 buyout) for 2013, have exercised that option and have traded him to the Chicago Cubs, Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports. The Angels will receive relief pitcher Carlos Marmol in return. The Angels had until today to decide whether they were going to exercise Haren's option...
Well, that escalated (and then de-escalated) quickly.
There the Angels were on the verge of making a questionable deal sending Dan Haren to the Cubs for Carlos Marmol and before we knew it, the trade was called off (by the Cubs, no less!) and Haren's options was declined, leaving the Angels with nothing to show for what appeared to be a nice trade asset.
It was all just...
Before the Los Angeles Angels decided to decline Dan Haren’s
option for 2013, they talked with the Cubs about a trade that would have
involved the right-hander and Chicago’s late-inning reliever Carlos Marmol.
It was well known that the Angels were trying to trade
Haren. They didn’t want to exercise his 2013 option, but they also didn’t want
to allow the talented...
The Los Angeles Angels have traded pitcher Dan Haren to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for pitcher Carlos Marmol, multiple media outlets reported Friday. There had been speculation that Haren would be traded before Friday's midnight deadline on his $15.5 million club option for 2013. The Angels apparently were prepared to buy out Haren's option for $3.5 million if they...
Dan Haren was traded to the Chicago Cubs for relief pitcher Carlos Marmol on Friday, ending what was a few days of rumors concerning the future of the former Angels starting pitcher.
Reports stated last month that the Angels were unlikely to retain Haren after the season, and that turned out to be the case. Haren spent two and a half seasons with the Angels after being acquired by...
The Angels didn`t trade Dan Haren to the Cubs for Carlos Marmol on Friday night. But if they had, this would have been our reaction.
It's been a busy few days for the Los Angeles Angels (of Anaheim).
On Wednesday, the team traded one starting pitcher in Ervin Santana, sending him and cash to the Kansas City Royals for a minor league pitcher. On Friday, the team was back at it, sending Dan Haren to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for reliever Carlos Marmol, as first reported by the Chicago Sun...
Details are still trickling out, but it appears that the Angels have finally pulled the trigger on the inevitable Dan Haren trade. Multiple Spanish-language reports claim that Haren has been dealt to the Chicago Cubs for Carlos Marmol.
Carlos Marmol (Cubs) have been traded to the Angels. The pitcher confirms the move to @elcariberd. "Anaheim is a good team".
I've been a bit under the weather the past week so I have read very little Cubs related news with the exception of what's been posted on this site. I know Berselius mentioned something about people on his twitter feed being upset at the Cubs for failing to complete another trade. If I understood him [...]