2016 Los Angeles Angels Preview & Fantasy Baseball Draft Prep

Mike Trout was brilliant once again, but he couldn't carry the Angels to the postseason by himself. With a few interesting young arms in the rotation and an improved defense, will the Angels be able to bounce back behind Trout and Pujols? Let's take a look at the fantasy value for each player.(Note: When a player's fantasy draft status is mentioned - e.g., "he's an SP4" - the number...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: ZiPS projections released; Vlad still hitting dingers

The February 4, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes the team’s ZiPS projections for 2016 getting published, Vlad Guerrero taking part in the Caribbean Series home run derby, and more… The Story: 2016 ZiPS Projections – Los Angeles Angels MWAH Says: The insta-response to these projections on Twitter has been a lot of “WELP” and “this looks bad”, but it...
Via Monkey with a Halo
10 days ago  |  Discuss

The Best of FanGraphs: January 25-29, 2016

Each week, we publish north of 100 posts on our various blogs. With this post, we hope to highlight 10 to 15 of them. You can read more on it here. The links below are color coded — green for FanGraphs, brown for RotoGraphs, dark red for The Hardball Times, orange for TechGraphs and blue for Community Research. MONDAYTanking: Does MLB Really Have a Problem?, by Dave Cameron Dave...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

The Anomalous Offensive Outcomes of the 2015 Season

A couple months ago, we featured an annual article that detailed the most extreme home runs of 2015. It’s always a fun post to write, and this year, I had the honor of putting it together. We always include hardest-hit, longest, shortest, highest, lowest, you name it — it’s a veritable smorgasbord of dingers, and everybody likes dingers. Now that we’re a couple months removed...
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17 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
23 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Fantasy Baseball Third Base Rankings

Embed from Getty Images Stats from Last Season (250 PA min) Yunel Escobar (.314) was the only 3B to hit .300\ Five other third basemen hit better than .290 Yunel Escobar leed with a.375 OBP Josh Donaldson and Justin Turner owned a OBP of .370 or better Nolan Arenado's .575 SLG was top among 3B At .568, Josh Donaldson was the only other third basemen better than .519 Matt...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Will the Los Angeles Angels solve their left field puzzle?

The Los Angeles Angels warmed up the hot stove early this offseason when they acquired shortstop Andrelton Simmons from the Braves in November. The team then remained relatively quiet until they traded for infielder Yunel Escobar from the Washington Nationals in December. While these trades do fill needs for the Angels infield, the team still has possible holes at both second base...
29 days ago  |  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...
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December 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals Trade Yunel Escobar to the Los Angeles Angels

The Los Angeles Angels continued to rebuild their middle infield and their lineup when they traded reliever Trevor Gott and minor league pitcher Michael Bradley to the Washington Nationals for second baseman/shortstop Yunel Escobar. The move accompanies their previous acquisition of Andrelton Simmons to give the Angels and a new and improved double play combination. Why the Angels...
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December 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Nats add three in bullpen revamp, Escobar traded for Gott

The Washington Nationals went into the offseason with a main goal of revamping a bullpen that let them down last season.  Coming out of the Winter Meetings, the Nationals added three new arms to the pen.  The Nats signed: Shawn Kelley, Yusmeiro Petit, and Trevor Gott.  Prior to the Winter Meetings, the Nats added Oliver Perez. Gott was acquired today in a trade that sent SS Yunel...
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December 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Angels get INF Escobar from Nationals for Gott, Bradley

WASHINGTON (AP) The Los Angeles Angels have acquired infielder Yunel Escobar from the Washington Nationals for right-handed pitchers Trevor Gott and Michael Brady. The Angels also received cash considerations in the deal announced Thursday. Escobar fills the hole left by David Freese's departure for free agency. Escobar played third base last season and batted .314 with nine...
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December 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Angels trade for Yunel Escobar, Nationals get Gott

The Los Angeles Angels have made a trade with the Washington Nationals to bring Yunel Escobar to the Angels in exchange for reliever Trevor Gott. The potential for a deal was first reported by Jon Morosi while the deal was confirmed by Jon Heyman and Mike DiGiovanna. Escobar is a well-traveled individual. The Angels will be the sixth team in the last seven years for Escobar, eight...
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December 10, 2015  |  Discuss

TRADE ALERT: Angels acquire Yunel Escobar

The Angels waited until most everyone had left the Winter Meetings to make their first big splash in Nashville, acquiring veteran infielder Yunel Escobar from the Washington Nationals Thursday afternoon for hard-throwing RHP Trevot Gott and to-be-determined pitching prospect. Escobar, 33, not only provides an immediate boost to the top of the lineup—he’s a career .290/.356/.412...
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December 10, 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

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...
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December 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Angels reportedly agree to deal to acquire IF Escobar from Nationals

The Los Angeles Angels have agreed to a deal to acquire infielder Yunel Escobar from the Washington Nationals, according to multiple reports.Escobar, 33, played third base for the Nationals in 2015 but began his career as a shortstop and also can play second base. However, the Angels' biggest need currently is at the hot corner now that David Freese is a free agent.In 139 games this...
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December 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Angels acquire Yunel Escobar

The Los Angeles Angels entered the offseason with several holes to fill. They have filled one of their holes by acquiring infielder Yunel Escobar from the Washington Nationals in return for right-handed reliever Trevor Gott, as reported by Jon Heyman of The Angels needed infield depth this offseason after third baseman David Freese hit free […]
Via Baseball Essential
December 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Yunel Escobar Is Not A Good Fit For Mets

The Nationals are expected to make third baseman/shortstop Yunel Escobar available during next week’s Winter Meetings, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Escobar, 33, saw some big improvement at the plate in 2015 after being acquired by the Nationals, easily eclipsing his 93 wRC+ with the Rays in 2014 and posting a 120 wRC+ with the Nats. A former second-round pick of...
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December 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Gut Reaction: Nationals 2, Mets 0 (10/3/15)

What else can you say about this game except, congratulations Max Scherzer. That was one of the most dominating pitching performances that has ever taken place in the history of baseball. It only took 109 pitches for him to complete the no-hitter, and in doing so struck out 17 batters. Were it not for a lazy Yunel Escobar throw, and an even worse Clint Robinson reaction, Scherzer...
October 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Max Scherzer throws second no-hitter of the season

Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer on Saturday night against the Mets tossed his second no-hitter of the season, making him the first pitcher since Nolan Ryan in 1973 to throw two no-hitters in the same season. Scherzer struck out 17 batters and did not give up a walk. He was a Yunel Escobar error in the sixth inning away from throwing a perfect game, and he’s the first...
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October 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Watch: Bryce Harper Makes Sliding Grab to Save Nationals from Defeat

The Washington Nationals outlasted the Philadelphia Phillies 8-7 in 11 innings. Yunel Escobar grounded into a fielder choice to score Danny Espinosa from third in the 11th for the go-ahead run to give Washington its second straight win. The sequence may not have possible if not for a game-saving diving catch by Bryce Harper. With the score tied 7-7 in the 10th with runners on first...
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September 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Nationals Escobar, Taylor, Zimmerman sidelined with injuries

WASHINGTON (AP) Injuries have sidelined Nationals players Yunel Escobar, Michael Taylor and Ryan Zimmerman for their series finale Wednesday against the New York Mets. Washington manager Matt Williams says third baseman Escobar ''spiked a fever of 103 last night.'' Center fielder Taylor has been dealing with a swollen right knee, which will keep him out of the starting lineup again...
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September 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Nats complete four game sweep of Braves

The Washington Nationals capped off a holiday weekend with all important four game sweep of the Atlanta Braves with an 8-4 win today.  The win was the fifth straight for the Nationals, and with another Mets loss, pulls the Nats to within four games of the Mets. Jayson Werth and Bryce Harper went deep for the Nationals as they pounded Atlanta pitching for nine hits and eight runs...
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September 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Nationals expect Escobar back Tuesday; Span also nearing return

Washington Nationals third baseman Yunel Escobar is expected to return to the lineup Tuesday night and center fielder Denard Span may not be far behind him.Escobar suffered a hyperextended neck when he crashed into a fan while pursuing a foul ball in the first inning of Friday's game and sat out the rest of the weekend, but Nationals manager Matt Williams believes he'll be back for...
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August 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Preview: Brewers at Nationals

Just as Washington welcomed one of baseball's top infield prospects to the majors, it may be without its veteran third baseman for the immediate future. While Trea Turner continues to get situated in the majors, it's uncertain if Yunel Escobar will be available for the struggling Nationals on Saturday night against the visiting Milwaukee Brewers. Turner went 0 for 2 after coming...
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August 22, 2015  |  Discuss
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