Heading into the 2011 season, former infielder David Eckstein had several Major League offers. More than he had at any other point as a free agent, actually. But he declined them all.
MLB.com Angels beat writer Alden Gonzalez participated in a live Web chat with fans on Thursday. During the chat he answered many questions, including how the Angels stack up against the division-rival Rangers, how Mark Trumbo will fit in the lineup and whether Vernon Wells will bounce back.
Mike Scioscia is no math whiz, but somewhere in his head, there's the perfect equation -- one that has Kendrys Morales, Mark Trumbo, Bobby Abreu, Alberto Callaspo and Maicer Izturis all getting ample playing time while making minimal sacrifices this season.
Kendrys Morales, the Angels slugger recovering from a broken left ankle, has completed two days of making cuts along the outfield, which represents the second-to-last phase of his running program.
Howie Kendrick swears he doesn't care where he hits in the lineup. "As long as I'm not hitting 10th," he says.
Mark Trumbo got the news he had been searching for all offseason on Wednesday morning, when a CT scan revealed his right foot had healed to the point where he can start running and get more aggressive with his work at third base.
Trumbo cleared to return to field
Despite Don Mattingly's assertion that Los Angeles is a Dodgers town, area fans on the fence can be forgiven if they've been swayed toward the Angels' side of things, at least for the time being.
Angels first baseman Albert Pujols now has the DH as an option to help him stay fresh while still keeping his bat in the lineup.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly says his team still rules in Southern California, but some Angels players don't agree.
At this point in the season, anything is a possibility. And that includes the Major League future of Angels outfield phenom Mike Trout.
Angels owner Arte Moreno told The Jim Rome Show on Monday that the billboards depicting Albert Pujols as "El Hombre" are "probably not going to be part of the [marketing] campaign" moving forward.
Before the clubhouse got crowded, before many of the television cameras showed up and before the Angels would conduct anything that closely resembled a real practice, Albert Pujols had been here -- in the backfields of the Tempe Diablo Stadium complex, getting his work in with very little fanfare, as he prepares for a 10-year career with the Angels.
Doctors might have found the remedy for Jean Segura's nagging hamstring issues: insoles.
Angels center fielder Peter Bourjos doesn't anticipate his bothersome hip injury affecting him in 2012, but did acknowledge on Monday that he'd probably have to undergo offseason surgery to "clean it out."
Veteran slugger Bobby Abreu, who previously said he'd prefer to be traded if he isn't playing every day for the Angels, had a meeting with general manager Jerry Dipoto and manager Mike Scioscia on Monday morning, and the three came to what appears to be an understanding.
Torii Hunter arrived at Angels camp Sunday, greeted by a pile of new spikes and prime locker placement -- Albert Pujols on one side, Vernon Wells on the other.
Angels reliever Rich Thompson is approaching yet another important spring. Once again, he's out of options. And once again, there's plenty of competition for the open spots in the bullpen.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia was absent from the club on Sunday, when position players were scheduled to get their physicals and report to Spring Training camp.
The Angels signed veteran reliever Juan Rincon to a Minor League deal -- though it doesn't include a Spring Training invite, so the 33-year-old right-hander will stay on the Minor League half of the complex throughout the spring.
Under the proposed new playoff system, which is still on the table for 2012, two Wild Card entrants would squaring off in a one-game elimination to decide who moves on, putting more emphasis on winning the division. Angels manager Mike Scioscia, who's on Bud Selig's Special Committee for On-Field Matters, likes it that way.
For a man who had the lowest batting average and on-base percentage among qualifying players last year, Vernon Wells seemed especially confident and enthusiastic when he arrived at the Angels' Spring Training facility on Saturday. In his mind, several things are working in his favor heading into 2012
Erick Aybar arrived at the Angels' Spring Training facility on Saturday - raring to get going, but still without a contract extension.
At the local Hooters here on Thursday night, roughly 25 members of the Angels' organization sat on the edge of their seats with their eyes glued to the TVs. One of them, assistant equipment manager Shane Demmitt, already knew the outcome -- he would be crowned champion of MLB Network's "Baseball IQ" show.
In Milwaukee, Angels reliever LaTroy Hawkins had a locker right next to that of Brewers slugger Ryan Braun. So he, like many current and former teammates of the reigning National League MVP, was delighted that Braun's 50-game suspension was lifted on Thursday.