Player Profile #21: Freddie Freeman | 1B | ATL

The 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide and Draft Pack, with two great draft day tools, are here! Get your copies today! When you think of pure baseball hitters you immediately think of the great Miguel Cabrera, Albert Pujols in his prime, and a healthy Joey Votto, but one player that may be on the verge of that class and doesn’t get enough love is Freddie Freeman. In terms...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Player Projection: Albert Pujols

Albert Pujols showed that when healthy he can still be a productive middle-of-the-order bat, but he also showed that he can’t be the Pujols of old. At age 35, can Albert remain productive or will his decline only accelerate in 2015? What happened in 2014?The main thing that happened in 2014 is that Albert’s legs didn’t disintegrate into dust. Turns out that Pujols is a lot...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #29: David Ortiz | 1B | BOS

The 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide and Draft Pack, with two great draft day tools, are here! Get your copies today! David Ortiz is old. I know, you know, and he knows it. That said, he’s been very successful fighting off Father Time as he’s entering his age-39 season. Just last season Ortiz ranked sixth among all qualified hitters with a .255 ISO and was one of seven...
Via Baseball Professor
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #38: Albert Pujols | 1B | LAA

The 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide is here! Get your copy for FREE! Entering last season Albert Pujols had a ton of question marks. He was entering his age-34 season and coming off a season mostly lost to plantar fasciitis, and no one really knew how automatic The Machine was going to be. We liked Pujols more than most, projecting 82 R, 30 HR, 100 RBI, and a .280 BA, and...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

OF Joyce agrees to 1-year contract with Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Angels and outfielder Matt Joyce have agreed to a $4.75 million, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration. Los Angeles acquired Joyce in a trade with Tampa Bay in December. He is expected to serve as the Angels' primary designated hitter and is a candidate for the No. 2 spot in the batting order, which would allow AL MVP Mike Trout to hit third...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Grantland: Pujols, Hamilton among worst contracts in baseball

Grantland published its annual ranking of Major League Baseball’s worst contracts on Friday, and of course, both Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton cracked the top 10. At No. 8 was Josh Hamilton, who has three years and $83 million left on the contract he signed in December 2012. That ranking is actually a two-spot drop [...]
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Two Indians mentioned as Grantland’s worst contracts

It’s what all the Cleveland Indians defenders say when anyone wants to talk about how cheap the Dolans are, and they’re not wrong. Free agency is a completely inefficient way to build a baseball team. Jonah Keri and Grantland are at it again in 2015 analyzing what good and bad value look like. It works in the Indians’ favor from the perspective that a guy like Carlos Santana...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels announce that Josh Hamilton will undergo shoulder surgery

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton will undergo surgery Wednesday to repair the AC joint in his right shoulder, the team announced Tuesday. Hamilton, 33, is expected to miss three-to-eight weeks.  Position players will report for spring training on Feb. 24. Hamilton, a five-time All-Star, is entering the third year of a five-year, $125 million contract.  He hit ...
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February 03, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 TOC top ten: first basemen

There are plenty of great first basemen in baseball right now. The best part is that most of these guys are young – an elder statesman like Albert Pujols isn’t even on our list, for example. And even though this had nothing to do with our rankings, a lot of these first basemen are pretty affordable too – Jose Abreu, Paul Goldschmidt, Freddie Freeman, Anthony Rizzo, and Carlos...
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February 03, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Fantasy Baseball First Basemen Rankings

First base is loaded with names we love in fantasy baseball, and the top 10 may be gone by the end of the 4th round!  But there is also depth at this position.  The emergence of Chris Carter and Lucas Duda last season means that Joey Votto will fall much later in drafts than he should and some lucky owner will benefit. If you believe in the depth of the position, you could and...
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February 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Player Profile #138: Matt Adams | 1B | STL

What a weird year for Matt Adams and his fantasy owners. He wasn’t totally disappointing. He finished as the 19th-best 1B and 142nd overall according to ESPN’s Player Rater. That’s not far from what we predicted for Adams in 2014, but like most prognosticators we predicted more power and a lower average for Adams than what he had. It’s understandable when you consider...
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January 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Top 10 moments of the 2014 Angels season

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim’s 2014 season was full of up and downs. There were grand slams, walk-offs, milestones reached and sweeps (not counting the ALDS.) Here I will rank what the top 10 moments of the season in my opinion, hoping that most of these are replicated in 2015! Especially number one…10) Albert Pujols teaches Yasiel Puig a lessonStarting it off with a little...
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December 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Mike Trout, Clayton Kershaw win MLB MVPs

            Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports Major League Baseball announced the winners of the Most Valuable Player Award for each league on Thursday. Los Angeles Angeles outfielder Mike Trout was unanimously selected as the American League MVP.  He hit .287 with 36 homers, 39 doubles, 115 runs scored and 111 RBIs this season. Tigers’...
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November 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Mike Golic Rips Bill Simmons for Comparing LeBron James To Albert Pujols (Video)

The Cleveland Cavaliers are good for business, so everyone is going to have a comment or opinion about their slow start to the season. LeBron James said it would be a process for the Cavaliers, but most pundits figured he was talking about is teammates adjustment; not his own. Bill Simmons was a guest on The Herd yesterday, and gave his opinion on James’ struggles in his return...
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November 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: Trout, Shoemaker Scioscia finalists for BBWAA awards, Pujols and Calhoun lose out on Gold Gloves

The November 5th, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Trout, Shoemaker Scioscia finalists for BBWAA awards, Pujols and Calhoun lose out on Gold Gloves and much more… The Story: BBWAA award finalists with Mike Trout nominated for MVP, Matt Shoemaker for Rookie of the Year and Mike Scioscia for Manager of the Year.The Monkey Says: Trout will win MVP...
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November 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Questioning Albert Pujols’ 2014 season

After a depressing, injury-riddled 2013 season, the Angels got a nice bounceback season from their quarter-billion dollar man, Albert Pujols. He still didn’t exactly play up to his contract though, so perhaps the excitement should be tempered a bit. Did Albert bounceback enough? In 2013, Albert was playing on one leg for all intents and purposes and managed a .329 wOBA and 112...
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November 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Two Departures, One Broken Heart

The year was 2001. I was 11 years old; I was just starting to really become a diehard Cardinals fan. That season I fell in love with a baseball player by the name of Albert Pujols . That year Albert was unanimously named the NL Rookie of the Year after setting an NL rookie record with 130 [...]
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October 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: Pujols and Calhoun nominated for Gold Gloves, Kershaw edges out Trout for Sporting News Player of the Year

The October 24th, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Pujols and Calhoun nominated for Gold Gloves, Kershaw edges out Trout for Sporting News Player of the Year and much more… The Story: Albert Pujols and Kole Calhoun are nominees for Gold Glove awards.The Monkey Says: Pujols has a shot, Calhoun probably doesn’t since he’s a West Coast guy. Keirmaier...
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October 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Angels needs going into the offseason

The Angels are needy. All they do want, want want. They were the best team in baseball in 2014 with 98 wins, yet here they are acting like greedy little brats, demanding more toys for their roster so they can be even better. Ugh, what an insufferable ballclub. Fine, let’s humor this spoiled brat and actually take a look at these supposed needs and determine which of them are...
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October 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: Pujols drops out of Japan Series, the sad reliever rankings

The October 15th, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Pujols drops out of Japan Series, the sad reliever rankings and much more… The Story: Albert Pujols has dropped out of the Japan Series.The Monkey Says: He says it is for family reasons, which is real nice of him. Personally, I’m just glad he isn’t subjecting his body to anymore wear and tear...
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October 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: Cardinals not missing Pujols, Hamilton’s comments anything but comical

The October 13th, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Cardinals not missing Pujols, Hamilton’s comments anything but comical and much more… The Story: The St. Louis Cardinals aren’t missing Albert Pujols.The Monkey Says: Yes, we know. Their fan never miss an opportunity to mention that. For the #BestFansInBaseball, they sure can hold a grudge...
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October 13, 2014  |  Discuss

How the Royals Are Achieving the Improbable

With 100 games into the MLB season the Kansas City Royals had an even 50-50 record. That was on June 23rd. Who knew that on October 11th that same Royals’ team would be two wins away from representing the American League in the 2014 World Series? Not even the most diehard Kansas City Royals fan […] The post How the Royals Are Achieving the Improbable appeared first on The Outside Analysis.
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October 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Will the Yankees learn anything from the success of San Francisco and St. Louis?

Here we go again: SF v SL - the modern gold standards of the National League.In the AL, it's KC v. Showalter, two clubs loaded with stars in their primes, both likely to be contenders - if not division winners - for several years.And then there is our raging nemesis, Boston, soon to be freshly rebooted. If the past is prelude, they'll be resurrected next year because - well - they...
October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Angels stung by Royals' incredible defensive plays from outfielders

The Angels had two men on base in the fifth inning, and Albert Pujols was up with designs on starting a rally. He hit a shot to center field, and Lorenzo Cain made a diving catch. Howie Kendrick then hit a shot to center field as well, and again, Cain got the Royals and starter James Shields out of a jam with another diving catch. Shields walked off the field holding his hat high...
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October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Lorenzo Cain steals hits from Albert Pujols and Howie Kendrick

This isn’t the Angels’ night, folks. Down 7-2 in the top of the fifth inning with two men on and one out, Albert Pujols and Howie Kendrick hit sinking liners to center field. Fortunately for the Royals, that’s where Lorenzo Cain roams. Lorenzo Cain robs Albert Pujols and Howie Kendricks on back to back hits to center — CJ Fogler (@cjzero) October...
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October 05, 2014  |  Discuss
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