Free Agent Squad 2016

With roughly 2 weeks remaining until pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training, there remains some unsigned talent on the free agent market. Because I enjoy playing armchair GM, I decided to construct a 25-man roster from the players still searching for their next meal ticket.  Enjoy... Catcher:Taylor Teagarden - .202/.637 career in 180 games, 0.4 WARBryan Anderson - .221...
Via We Should Be GM's
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Not-So-Hot Corner: Indians Third Base Debate Heats Up, Again

Your starting third baseman is now your starting rightfielder, and the youngster you’re grooming for the hot corner may not yet be up to the task. I am referring, of course, to the predicament of the 2006 Cleveland Indians — a club that had moved Casey Blake to the outfield a year prior, then acquired one of the top third base prospects in baseball, Andy Marte, in a January deal...
Via Waiting For Next Year
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Breaking down the best remaining free agents in baseball

With Yoenis Cespedes re-signing with the Mets, the free-agent pickings are getting pretty danged slim. All the free-agent trackers will give you slightly different rankings, but here's a pretty good estimate of the five best (if not most interesting) players still looking for gainful employment this year:1. Ian Desmond 2. Howie Kendrick 3. Dexter Fowler 4. Yovani Gallardo 5. David...
Via Fox Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss

The Case For Resigning David Freese

The slowest offseason of player acquisition in memory trudges on and the Angels, somehow, can still improve the roster if they’re just willing to shell out a little money. All the big-ticket players are off the boardOther than Yoenis Cespedes, but Arte Moreno has thus far proven too cheap to pay a minor luxury tax for the premiere players anyway.  But there’s still plenty of...
Via Monkey with a Halo
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Reading the future of the St. Louis Cardinals

Perhaps signing Mike Leake was a start, but he can’t be the only answer for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2016, can he? With fellow hurler Lance Lynn expected to miss the entire 2016 season, the Red Birds needed another. John Lackey went to the Cubs, while David Price was offered much more money to play for Boston. So to the tune of $80 million over five years, they got the 28-year...
Via The Sports Post
December 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Eppler: Angels still looking at improvement in outfield

Although the Los Angeles Angels didn't land any of baseball's most coveted free agents at the winter meetings, new general manager Billy Eppler isn't finished shopping. The Angels are still in talks with prominent free-agent outfielders to fill the club's conspicuous void in left field, Eppler said Friday after returning to Orange County. The club's biggest acquisition in Nashville...
Via AP on Fox
December 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Angels acquire Yunel Escobar from Nationals

The Angels have been rather quiet this winter after opening the offseason in style when they traded for elite defensive shortstop Andrelton Simmons. That trade depleted what was already a thin farm system, likely the worst among the 30 clubs. So it comes as a mild surprise that they were able to now make a trade for competent infielder Yunel Escobar from the Nationals. This moves...
Via The Outside Corner
December 10, 2015  |  Discuss

SQ Winter Blueprint: Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim

They stayed quiet at last season's trade deadline and haven't made an franchise-changing moves yet this offseason, but the Angels could be busy this week with the Winter Meetings starting today in Nashville, Tennessee. With that said, here's their offseason outlook. 2015 Summary After taking a half-game lead in the AL West into the break and rattling off six straight wins after the...
Via The Sports Quotient
December 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Angels 2015 Winter Meetings Rumor Tracker

The hot stove has been pretty steadily active for the first month-plus of the offseason, but now it’s time for the big event. The four days of the Winter Meetings are usually about 80% sound and fury, 20% substance. With reporters from every outlet holed up in the same hotel as GMs and other execs, and libations always close at hand, rumors tend to fly around at breakneck speed...
Via Monkey with a Halo
December 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Angels Winter Meetings Checklist

As the baseball world converges on Nashville this week, Billy Eppler will look to finish up his holiday shopping. He’s picked up a shortstop of the future, which in baseball circles amounts to a Furby or Turbo-Man. Geovany Soto and Cliff Pennington are necessary and appreciated but they’re socks and toothbrushes in your stocking. Angel fans eagerly await unwrapping a big-ticket...
Via Monkey with a Halo
December 06, 2015  |  Discuss

The best of the non-tendered players

Last night was the deadline for teams to tender contracts to their arbitration eligible players. Those that were not tendered contracts have now become free agents. I think a lot of people assume that if a player was non-tendered it means he isn’t good. That’s not always the case though. Sometimes a player just doesn’t fit with their former team. Sometimes they’re going to...
Via The Outside Corner
December 03, 2015  |  Discuss

The Angels Should Bid For Jae-Gyun Hwang

Billy Eppler is making some solid headway in building the 2016 roster, but there’s still a lot of work ahead. While left field is certainly the biggest point of concern, there are no shortage of options for the position. The same cannot be said for third base, however. There are a couple potential solutions in-house and/or on the open market, but none is all that inspiring. Hence it...
Via Monkey with a Halo
November 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Top five potential free agent targets for the Los Angeles Angels

New general manager Billy Eppler has only been with the Los Angeles Angels for a couple of weeks, but he already made his presence felt in a big way. The acquisition of defensive wizard/shortstop Andrelton Simmons transformed the look of the Halos' infield, but more work has yet to be done. After missing the postseason in 2015 despite another stellar year from Mike Trout, the Angels...
Via Fox Sports
November 22, 2015  |  Discuss

2016 Los Angeles Angels Primer Part VII: Third Base

By Robert Cunningham, AngelsWin.com Staff Reporter -  Third base is another area of concern for the Angels. Freese is hitting free agency leaving the Halos with two primary internal candidates in Kyle Kubitza and Kaleb Cowart who certainly have the potential to win the spot out of Spring Training. Taylor Featherston is also capable of playing at the hot corner. Kubitza...
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November 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Angels would have interest in Trevor Plouffe

After the Twins won the posting for Korean first baseman Byung Ho Park, we wondered how the Twins would rectify their potential logjam at the corner infield and outfield positions. While no solution has even been broached yet, and hell, won’t be broached until the Twins actually sign Park, one possibility was the trade of third baseman Trevor Plouffe. And if Plouffe is put on...
Via The Outside Corner
November 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Angels Extend No Qualifying Offers… Again

Let’s jump back in time a year. The Angels began the 2014/2015 offseason in a good place. The ALDS sweep was disappointing, but they had still just won an MLB-best 98 wins, owned the league’s best offense, and were losing no regulars to free agency. Some patchwork was needed here and there on account of Tyler Skaggs’ elbow injury and lingering skepticism about the future...
Via Monkey with a Halo
November 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Angels don't give 3B Freese qualifying offer; decline DeJesus' option

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Angels decided not to make a $15.8 million qualifying offer to third baseman David Freese and declined outfielder David DeJesus' $5 million contract option on Friday.Freese has batted .258 during two seasons with the Angels, including a strong stretch run in September after returning from injury. Yet his large qualifying offer was too risky to the...
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November 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Angels don't give 3B Freese qualifying offer; decline DeJesus' option

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Angels decided not to make a $15.8 million qualifying offer to third baseman David Freese and declined outfielder David DeJesus' $5 million contract option on Friday. Freese has batted .258 during two seasons with the Angels, including a strong stretch run in September after returning from injury. Yet his large qualifying offer was too risky to...
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November 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Rebuilding the Angels Front Office

Hey there, offseason. David Freese, Chris Iannetta, Matt Joyce, Shane Victorino and a handful of part-time Angels officially became free agents at 6:00am PT yesterday morning, but it’s another four days—i.e. Friday at 9:00pm—until they’re able to sign with a new team. The Angels are free to negotiate with any or all of them (and 100+ others) in the meantime, but it seems...
Via Monkey with a Halo
November 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Top eight candidates for 2015 World Series MVP

The most valuable player of the World Series isn’t always an expected name. Sometimes, the one who wins MVP honors isn’t the team’s best player, so much as the one who came through in that moment. David Freese and Edgar Renteria may not be the names immediately associated with the 2011 Cardinals or 2010 Giants, but they were the MVPs of those World Series. Will a similarly...
Via Bloguin Best
October 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Contract Crowdsourcing 2015-16: Day 3 of 15

Free agency begins five days after the end of the World Series. As in other recent offseasons, FanGraphs is once again facilitating this offseason a contract-crowdsourcing project, the idea being to harness the wisdom of the crowds to the end of better understanding the giant and large 2015-16 free-agent market. Below are links to ballots for five of this year’s free agents, including...
Via Fangraphs
October 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: Freese wants to return, a playoff feat is bested

The October 13, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes David Freese’s openness to staying in Anaheim, the matching and surpassing of a Halos postseason feat, and more… The Story: David Freese interested in returning to Anaheim MWAH Says: I like David, and I think he did an admirable job in his two years with the club, but I just don’t see this happening. Third base...
Via Monkey with a Halo
October 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Freese would 'absolutely' like to return to Angels, but it's no guarantee

Third baseman David Freese had an up-and-down season for the Los Angeles Angels, who fell short of qualifying for the postseason on Sunday after losing to Cole Hamels and the AL West champion Texas Rangers. The game could very well have been Freese's last with the Halos, though he could return...if the two sides agree on a new contract.   Jeff Fletcher of the O.C. Register pointed...
Via Fox Sports
October 05, 2015  |  Discuss

David Freese on Angels' comeback to keep hope alive

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October 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Do the Angels have enough steam to make the playoffs?

In the most compelling playoff race going on right now, the AL West and wild card could go a number of directions. As of the completion of Tuesday's games, the Texas Rangers are leading the AL West over the Los Angeles Angels by two games and the Houston Astros by 2.5 games. In the AL wild card race, the New York Yankees have a commanding three game lead for the first spot, but...
Via Sportsnaut
September 30, 2015  |  Discuss
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