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Kozma, Pestano, Swarzak sign minor league deals with Yanks

NEW YORK (AP) While the New York Yankees have not signed any free agents to major league contracts, they announced 15 minor league deals Friday. Infielder Pete Kozma and right-handers Vinnie Pestano and Anthony Swarzak were among the players who reached agreements and will report to big league spring training. Kozma, who turns 28 in April, spent the past five seasons with the...
Via AP on Fox
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

7 Yankees spring training non-roster invites to watch

Keep a close eye on these names The Yankees released their full list of spring training invites Friday afternoon. In addition to the entire 40-man roster, 25 other players -- 15 on minor-league contracts, the rest minor-leaguers -- will be in attendance. Here are the seven names that immediately jump out to me: SS JORGE MATEOREASON FOR INTRIGUE...
Via NJ.com
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

After His Breakout, Clevinger Has Become A Pitcher to Know

“Pitching wins baseball,” as the old saying goes. You can never have enough pitching on a team, even with a rotation like the Indians have. After the emergence of Michael Clevinger in 2015, the depth of the Indians staff got quite a bit deeper. Clevinger, 24, was acquired by the Indians from the Los Angeles Angels in 2014 for former Bullpen Mafia member Vinnie Pestano. Prior...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
November 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Never Fall in Love with a Reliever

In similar reasoning to why Mama’s shouldn’t let their babies grow up to be Cowboys, baseball fans should never fall in love with relievers. They are all a little wacky and they will either leave you or disappointment in the end. While it may be tempting when they are playing well, it’s always a trap, so don’t get emotionally or financially attached. This advice goes to both...
Via Burning River Baseball
July 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: Scioscia can opt out after season, Pestano demoted

The June 1st, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news including Scioscia can opt out after season, Pestano demoted and much more… The Story: Mike Scioscia has an opt-out clause in his contract after this season.The Monkey Says: This is big news. Scioscia can leverage this opt-out either to get another extension or to regain more control over personnel decisions. Basically...
Via Monkey with a Halo
June 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Stat Sunday: The Weak Shall Inherit The Runners

Earned-run average isn’t the most precise measure of a pitcher’s performance over the course of a season, but it usually does a pretty good job of separating the best from the worst. Well, at least for starting pitchers it does. For bullpen guys, things are bit more complicated. One of the primary roles of a reliever is to get his team out of jams. This entails coming into the...
Via Monkey with a Halo
May 24, 2015  |  Discuss

GIF: Mike Trout saves Angels from epic bullpen meltdown

You’d think that a 6-0 lead would be safe for just about any team, right? Apparently not, Mike Morin, Vinnie Pestano and especially Huston Street combined their efforts to choke that lead away. Fortunately, the Angels have Mike Trout who made this catch in the bottom of the ninth with the bases loaded and two outs: It is good to have a Mike Trout. Other teams should try and...
Via Monkey with a Halo
April 30, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Player Projection: Vinnie Pestano

In the battle for one of the last bullpen spots, Vinnie Pestano leads the field. Last season’s afterthought of an acquisition could prove to be a big part of the Halo bullpen.   IP ERA FIP K/9 BB/9 HR/9 WAR 2014 Actual18.22.893.2412.542.411.450.2 Steamer55.03.523.688.813.320.890.3 ZiPS56.23.333.639.683.490.950.4 CAIRO59.23.053.359.644.060.750.7 MWAH*50.03.423.2211.163...
Via Monkey with a Halo
March 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: Pestano trying to stay relevant, perspective on a potential Hamilton suspension

The March 10th, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news including Pestano trying to stay relevant, perspective on a potential Hamilton suspension and much more… The Story: Vinnie Pestano is trying to stay relevant.The Monkey Says: He is on the roster bubble, but he also has a partially guaranteed contract, a 40-man roster spot and (I think) no options left. That should give...
Via Monkey with a Halo
March 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Indians Avoid Arbitration With All Six Eligibles

The Indians have expertly avoided arbitration for most of the history of arbitration, but last season they proved that they would be willing to to break their streak if for a good cause. Last year, it was Josh Tomlin and Vinnie Pestano that went the distance, but this year, things were cleared up in a hurry. With January 16th as the last date to exchange arbitration figures, the...
Via Burning River Baseball
January 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Is Louis Head the Next Indians Relief Ace?

It seems almost every season another rookie reliever comes out of nowhere to make an incredible break through into the Indians bullpen. Last season it was left hander Kyle Crockett, the year before it was Cody Allen and before that Vinnie Pestano and the list goes on. While the current bullpen seems set with depth, there is always room for more when one pitcher or another gets hurt...
Via Burning River Baseball
December 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Questioning Vinnie Pestano’s 2014 season

Once a rising star in the Cleveland bullpen, the Tribe pretty much gave up on Vinnie Pestano. Well, one man’s trash could be another man’s treasure. In this case, the Angels have positioned themselves to be the garbageman benefactor. Wasn’t Pestano supposed to be the “closer of the future” in Cleveland?He sure was, but the best laid plans of mice and men blah, blah, blah…...
Via Monkey with a Halo
November 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: Shoemaker finishes 2nd in AL ROY voting, Pestano avoid arbitration

The November 11th, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Shoemaker finishes 2nd in AL ROY voting, Pestano avoid arbitration and much more… The Story: Matt Shoemaker finished second in AL Rookie of the Year voting.The Monkey Says: He received 12 second place votes and four third place votes. No player below him on the ballot even appeared on more than...
Via Monkey with a Halo
November 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Angels avoid arbitration with Vinnie Pestano

The Angels avoided arbitration with one of their 10 eligible players, by agreeing on a one-year, $1.15 million contract with Vinnie Pestano.Pestano, 29, is a product of Anaheim Canyon High and Cal State Fullerton. He gave up one run in 9 2/3 innings with the Angels last year.Over five major league seasons, all with the Cleveland Indians before the trade, Pestano has a career 2...
Via In The Neutral Zone
November 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Angels News: Angels agree to terms with Vinnie Pestano on 1-year deal

The Los Angles Angels have agreed to ink Vinnie Pestano with a one-year deal, thus avoiding arbitration, according to the team’s official website on Monday. Pestano will earn $1.15 million for his services. He was projected to earn $1.2 million through arbitration.The 29-year-old, relief pitcher, has a 5-8 record, 2.83 ERA, 231 strikeouts and 11 saves since debuting for the Cleveland...
Via Baseball Essential
November 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Traded to the Playoffs: The Eventual Seasons for the Indians’ Three Biggest Trades of 2014

This season did not turn out the way the Indians had anticipated when they started 2014. Playoff dreams remained just that, dreams, and despite their overall winning record, the team still ended their season without ever seeing an October game. However, not every player who started on the Indians’ roster ended their season in that same way. The Indians parted with three well-known...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
October 30, 2014  |  Discuss

The Angels unveiled their ALDS

After keeping us waiting for much longer than was probably necessary, the Halos finally got around to setting their roster for the ALDS and OH MY GOD it is… totally what everyone expected. #Angels ALDS roster, no Thatcher, Green, McDonald or Boesch pic.twitter.com/dfX6pF8X48 — Taylor Blake Ward (@TaylorBlakeWard) October 2, 2014 Efren Navarro got the final bench spot over...
Via Monkey with a Halo
October 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Tribe Bullpen as Strong Ever

In 2011 and 2012 the Cleveland Indians had a bullpen that was good enough to develop a nickname. The 2014 Tribe bullpen does not have any special monikers but may well be better than those pens that were the backbone of struggling baseball teams. After a 2013 season of bullpen question marks and implosions, the Indians are enjoying a fantastic relief season this year. The pen is...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Angels add RHP Morin, send down RHP Pestano

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Los Angeles Angels have activated rookie right-hander Mike Morin from the disabled list and optioned right-hander Vinnie Pestano to Triple-A Salt Lake. The Angels made the moves before Saturday night's game at Texas. Morin had been put on the 15-day DL on Aug. 4 because of a cut on his left foot. That move was retroactive to Aug. 1. Morin began this season...
Via AP on Fox
August 16, 2014  |  Discuss

BRR 2.23: Why We’ll Never Be Royals

In this very offensive version of Burning River Radio, Joe and Mike talk about why the Royals are the top team in the AL Central and the Tigers and Indians aren’t. Included in this extensive talk about pitching are our choices of who should fill out the Tribe rotation for the rest of the season, fresh with a mention of the ghost that is Shaun Marcum. After we pay our respects to...
Via Burning River Baseball
August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

The precipitous drop; a ode to Vinnie Pestano

A former member of the pen was jettisoned in a move that wasn’t a shocker, but saddened many fans. Vinnie Pestano, the team’s eighth inning stud in 2011-12 was sent to Anaheim for A ball pitcher Michael Clevinger. With the glut of young arms that have passed him while sitting in AAA Columbus and 40-man roster spots so precious, Pestano was staring at a non-tender at the end...
Via Waiting For Next Year
August 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Jerry Dipoto says Angels building bullpen for long-term success

The Angels' waiver trade for Vinnie Pestano prior to Thursday's Freeway Series finale somewhat was a puzzling move. The bullpen has been the Halos' strength in recent games, so why the need for another arm, especially when they currently are without a left-handed and room on the roster is scant. General manager Jerry Dipoto says he's assembled his 'pen, but it's now time to build...
Via Fox Sports West
August 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: Angels acquire Vinnie Pestano, looking to trade for rotation help

The August 8th, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Angels acquire Vinnie Pestano, looking to trade for rotation help and much more… The Story: The Angels acquired RHP Vinnie Pestano from Cleveland for RHP Michael Clevinger. The Monkey Says: Pestano was once considered the closer of the future in Cleveland, but flamed out in 2013 and is trying to...
Via Monkey with a Halo
August 08, 2014  |  Discuss

By the Numbers (Mike Trout Birthday Edition): Angels vs. Dodgers 8/7/14

Game 114 of 162Game Four of Four Game Freeway Series (Dodgers Lead 2-1):Angel Stadium: Anaheim, CA, 7:05 PM PSTTV: FS-WestPitching Matchup:LAA- LHP C.J. Wilson (8-7 4.74 ERA)vs.LAD- LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (12-5 3.39 ERA) Recent Roster Moves:Angels acquire RHP Vinnie Pestano in exchange for RHP Michael Clevinger. Pestano to Triple-A Salt Lake, Tommy Field designated for assignment.Lineup...
Via In The Neutral Zone
August 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Angels acquire RHP Pestano in trade with Indians

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Angels have acquired right-hander Vinnie Pestano in a trade with the Cleveland Indians. Pestano has spent time with Cleveland and Triple-A Columbus this season. He went 0-1 with a 5.00 ERA in 13 games with the Indians, making his last major league appearance on July 10 against the New York Yankees. The Indians received minor league right-hander...
Via AP on Fox
August 07, 2014  |  Discuss
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