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The risk of drafting high school pitchers....


Interesting read from Gammons, especially given the "epidemic" of TJ surgery occurring this season.

Our vacant minor league PED roster spot has been filled


"Richardson will report to Triple-A Salt Lake City. The 30-year-old southpaw appeared in 20 games in Salt Lake last season, as well as six games with the independent Sugar Land Skeeters. Richardson has 16 1/3 Major League innings to his name (with the Red Sox in 2009-10) and he has also spent time with the Braves’ and Marlins’ Triple-A affiliates and served a 50-game PED suspension."

Patrick Corbin gets a zipper on his elbow


So much the for Dbacks pitching depth. Tough break for the youngster, hope he makes it all the back in 2015.

Baseball Prospectus 25-and-Under Talent Rankings


This quote sums it up: "It is much, much worse to receive bad news through the written word than by somebody simply telling you, and I’m sure you understand why. When somebody simply tells you bad news, you hear it once, and that’s the end of it. But when bad news is written down, whether in a letter or a newspaper or on your arm in felt tip pen, each time you read it, you feel as if you are receiving the bad news again and again."

Dipoto is a realist


Despite 2014 being a must-win season for Angels GM Jerry Dipoto, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times writes that the executive didn't set out this offseason to acquire veterans who could provide a short-term band-aid for the club. "That's not in my DNA," he said. "The best representation of the job you do over time is what you leave behind." Dipoto also feels that the club has "a lot of veteran players in that 29 to 31 zone. That is when you win."

Gammons Daily - Tanana sighting


Interesting comments - especially as it relates to Frank Tanana

Boras on the future of Baseball


Interesting take by Gammons on Boras. Love him or hate him, I know for damn sure I'd want Boras representing my best interests at the negotiation table.

Getting better without getting better....


Sullivan writes an interesting piece regarding why the Angels should improve in 2014: primarily because of lowered expectations and a healthier Pujols. Calhoun and Hamilton being projected for the same WAR performance is somewhat shocking - not Kole's performance, but the decline of Hamilton. On paper the 2014 Halos as currently constructed appear to be average (replacement level) across the board - with the exception of Trout. Sullivan makes the case that the Halos are screwed long-term - which is hard to debate given the decline of Hamilton and Pujols so early in their contracts. I'm content at this point to just let 2014 play out and focus on doing no harm to 2015 and beyond.

Angels Trade for Toronto's Rule 5 pick


A lefty out of the bullpen - seems low risk

Uh oh.....Bartolo is not going back to the A's


If Beane passed on Bartolo after his performance in Oakland the last couple of seasons, that's saying a lot.

Schoenfield: Angels defense needs fixing as much as pitching


Good article illustrating that just fixing the pitching won't correct all deficiencies the Angels have. Frankly, just another kick in the gut regarding how much Pujols' and Hamilton's contracts have really set the franchise back competitively.

Stupidity cannot be cured....


Why isn't Dipoto signing international talent instead of giving the Halo's budget slots away?

Weaver honors the memory....


Very touching and classy action by Jered.

He can hit and play 3B?


When will our long national nightmare end......

Out of Options in 2013


From MLBTraderumors.com The following 40-man roster players have less than five years service time and are out of minor league options. That means they must clear waivers before being sent to the minors. Angels: Bobby Cassevah, Ernesto Frieri, Kevin Jepsen, Brad Mills, Jerome Williams

Wells to the MFY?


This would make me very, very happy.

Dipoto "satisfied" with roster


What you see on the 40-man roster makes Dipoto "satisfied". Interesting. My take: we better hope a lot of the players that make the 25-man roster have career years in 2013, or Rev will need to expand the "one f-bomb per month" policy.

2013 Payroll Commitments


Are the Dodgers really at $194m for 2013? If that's accurate - WOW. They are making Arte look downright frugal!

Rangers get Dempster


Looks like they gave up two low level prospects...an infielder and a pitcher. Daniels apparently got Dempster without giving up their top prospects.

Another James Shields to Halos Rumor


I'm hating this iteration of the rumored trade....

Gasp! Napoli does not like us any more....


The trash talk begins - can't wait for the season to start!

Angels - Pujols contractual relationship is for 20 years


If accurate - this is a really cool move to ensure a sure first-ballot Hall of Fame player becomes a long-term member of the Angels franchise beyond his playing days..... Arte, I love you man.

CJ's Deal - By the Numbers


From ESPN... As expected, with the Angels getting some money off the books after the 2012 season, C.J. Wilson's 5-year, $77.5 million deal is backloaded to help the payroll. A look at the numbers: 2012: $10 million, plus a $2.5 million signing bonus 2013: $11 million 2014: $16 million 2015: $18 million 2016: $20 million The final three years of the deal are the same as Jered Weaver's, meaning the Angels are going to be paying two of their pitchers a lot of money near the end of deals. Wilson will be 36 when he's making $20 million in 2016. Also, Wilson has a full no-trade the first two years of the deal and then has 8 teams he can list as no-trades in each of the last three years.

What is Mark Trumbo's Future?


From ESPN. Interesting opinions and observations by the author....

Brandon Wood Outrighted to AAA


He's now a free agent. He's running out of chances.....

Happiness is....


...reading LSB after the Rangers grasp failure from the jaws of victory. Despite a very good regular season and American League Championship, the 2011 season for the Rangers will likely be defined by the words: "One strike away. Twice". You stay classy, Texas !

Top 5 Things you want Arte to do when the 2011 season mercifully ends

  1. Tony Reagins will not return in 2012
  2. Andrew Freidman will be the President of Baseball Operations and GM
  3. Jeff Mathis has been released
  4. He will release underperforming players already under contract regardless of the financial impact.
  5. He has learned from prior mistakes and will not let them occur again on his watch

Players that have cleared waivers thus far


From mlbtraderumors.com.... The name that surprises me is David Wright. I find it surprising that no one, especially the Angels, put in a claim on him.

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