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Halos hope to continue retooling at Winter Meetings

The Angels have already begun reworking their roster in an attempt to get better while they get healthy. If both things happen, they plan on contending in the American League West in 2017. Now that their brain trust is on the ground at the site of this week's Winter Meetings, they can do their best to make more headway toward filling their remaining needs.
Via Angels.com
2 hours ago

AngelsWin.com 2017 Season Primer Part V: Bullpen

By Robert Cunningham, AngelsWin.com Senior Columnist -  Author’s Note: If you missed the first three installments you can find Part I here, Part II here, Part III here, and Part IV here. In a season where the starting rotation was decimated, the Angels bullpen did not fare much better, ranking 26th in K%-BB% among all Major League teams. Part of this issue was the fact...
Via Angelswin
9 hours ago

Miller: For Angels, 2017 has to better than 2016, right?

Merry Christmas, Angels fans! Albert Pujols just had what the Orange County Register – in a bold, front-page headline – characterized as “surprising surgery,” 2016 the season that just keeps taking. While undergoing any operation usually...
Via The OC Register
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Winter Meetings preview: Angels looking everywhere for a second baseman

The Angels have had discussions about (blank) to fill their second base void for 2017. Plug in just about any name you’d like. As Billy Eppler and his staff head to suburban Washington for the Winter Meetings, which begin Monday, the Angels general...
Via The OC Register
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Garrett Richards got married in Cabo last night, congrats to the newlyweds!

If you’ve followed certain Angels social media accounts lately, you’ve probably noticed that a handful of players (Trout, Weaver, Heaney, to name a few) are down in Mexico this week, having a grand ol’ time. They aren’t down there for some run-of-the-mill offseason fun and camaraderie, though. They are down there to see one of their own, Halos hurler Garrett Richards, get...
Via Halos Heaven
1 day ago

Angels non-tender Petit, Ege with roster full

The Angels did not tender contracts Friday to veteran infielder Gregorio Petit and reliever Cody Ege, who now become free agents.
Via Angels.com
2 days ago

Angels' Pujols has foot surgery, could be sidelined 4 months

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols had surgery on his right foot Friday, possibly sidelining him past opening day. Angels general manager Billy Eppler said Pujols had the procedure Friday in North Carolina to release his plantar fascia, the ligament connecting the heel to the toes. The three-time NL MVP was bothered by plantar fasciitis repeatedly during...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels stockpile - how many starting pitchers is too many?

The Angels have 13 starting pitchers who could take the mound at some point in 2017 Many teams are looking for starting pitching this off-season and the Angels actually have a LOT of it. Granted, we aren’t talking about a bunch of 1, 2 or #3 starter types, but the numbers are there. Starting pitchers who are big-league ready (or will be soon): Garrett Richards Tyler Skaggs...
Via Halos Heaven
2 days ago

AngelsWin.com's Top 30 Los Angeles Angels Prospects

By Scotty Allen, AngelsWin.com Staff Writer -   Following Angels prospects requires an unhealthy obsession with uncertain possibilities, an unjustifiable optimism in a brighter future, a unnatural curiosity and an eye to see things that may or may not be there.  And so of course, only a few Angel fans are actually crazy enough to undertake this mission.  From myself (going...
Via Angelswin
3 days ago

AngelsWin Top 30 Prospects Jahmai Jones is AngelsWin's #2 ranked Prospect in 2017       Following Angels prospects requires an unhealthy obsession with uncertain possibilities, an unjustifiable optimism in a brighter future, a unnatural curiosity and an eye to see things that may or may not be there.  And so of course, only a few Angel fans are actually crazy enough to undertake...
Via Angelswin
3 days ago

The New CBA: How It Affects the Angels

It went right down to the deadline, but the players, owners, and Rob Manfred worked out a new Collective Bargaining Agreement and managed to avoid a work stoppage before the always exciting Winter Meetings. Some details about the new CBA are still in the dark, but most of what has been revealed looks to be what was expected. Here’s a look at all that has been reported and how it...
Via Halo Headquarters
3 days ago

Subtle changes to MLB labor deal help Angels protect draft picks

Major League Baseball’s new collective bargaining agreement, reached just hours before the deadline on Wednesday night, likely doesn’t change much about the way the Angels will proceed this winter. In the longer term, though, the subtle changes...
Via The OC Register
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: A’s sign former All-Star Matt Joyce to two-year contract

The always bargain shopping Oakland Athletics may have pulled off one of the best value deals thus far during the Major League Baseball offseason. According to various reports, the A’s have signed veteran outfielder Matt Joyce to a two-year deal worth $11 million. Source: #Athletics in agreement with Matt Joyce on two-year, $11M contract, pending physical. — Ken Rosenthal...
Via Sportsnaut
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels sign OF Ryan LaMarre, drop INF Gregorio Petit

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Angels have signed outfielder Ryan LaMarre and designated infielder Gregorio Petit for assignment. The moves were announced Monday night. The 28-year-old LaMarre has 26 games of major league experience with the Cincinnati Reds and Boston Red Sox, who signed him last December and used him in five games. He has appeared in 646 minor league games...
Via Associated Press
6 days ago  |  Discuss

The Angels Were the Best at Something

The Angels: what a case study in weird this team is. Here are a few things to consider about them, if this is your first time reading about baseball: The Angels have the best player in baseball, Mike Trout. The Angels, as a whole, are not a good team. The Angels have a pitching staff held together by chewing gum, rubber bands, and Cam Bedrosian. The Angels have a farm system held...
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Is There Hope for the Los Angeles Angels in 2017?

The Los Angeles Angels didn’t have much luck this past season. They were also pretty bad, regardless. And as we’ve learned almost yearly, having the best baseball player on the planet (and now two-time MVP) can only get you so far. Just three seasons ago, the Angels won 98 games and the AL West. One year later, they were one win away from returning to the postseason. Then this...
Via The Sports Post
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Angels top prospects

It’s that time of the year again to start thinking about top prospects. The Los Angeles Angels had a pretty tough 2016 season and are ready to start fresh in 2017. They will gain around $40 mil in salary relief from the expiring contracts of Jered Weaver & CJ Wilson, so they could potentially have a lot of shopping to do. Let’s take a look at a few of the Angels top prospects...
Via isportsweb.com
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Assembling a Free Agent Lineup: Matt Joyce

This is the end, in all likelihood. Last Sunday, we began constructing our lineup comprised of free agents. Today, we move on to our final position: right field. Designated hitter notwithstanding, of course. And let this serve as the final disclaimer: José Bautista will not be the option we discuss. Like Dexter Fowler, he’s signing somewhere—and for tons of money. So let...
Via The Sports Post
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland writer John Hickey voted Mike Trout 7th for MVP

Mike Trout won the 2016 AL MVP award, the Baseball Writers Association of America announced on Thursday. The honor marks the second of Trout’s career, although I’ll argue it should be his fourth (yes – he deserved in 2012 and 2013 over Miggy). Trout won the award over Mookie Betts, who finished second. Trout received 19th 1st-place votes, 8 second-place votes and 356 points...
Via Larry Brown Sports
16 days ago  |  Discuss

QUIZ: MLB Miscellaneous Milestones

More ammunition for the barroom set to impress or challenge true MLB fans ... Clues:  1. Who has won the most World Series rings of any player in baseball history? He's got one for each finger and thumb. 2. Who played the most MLB games without ever having the chance to play in postseason game? Is telling you he's a Cub a hint or a given? 3. In 1979 this Cardinal became the...
18 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB scout believes Yankees are gearing up for Mike Trout trade

The Los Angeles Angels had a down year in 2016, but Mike Trout continued to show why many have labeled him the best player in baseball. It would seem crazy for the Angels to consider trading the 25-year-old superstar, but one scout believes the richest team in baseball is going to try to convince L.A.’s brass to do just that. After the New York Yankees traded Aroldis Chapman and...
Via Larry Brown Sports
19 days ago  |  Discuss

The Angels’ Path to Contention

Two relevant facts here are indisputable. One, in this most recent season, the Angels were bad. They won 74 games. By BaseRuns, they “should have” won 71 games. That made them about as good as the Twins and the Braves. Horrible season. Two, baseball fans love a blockbuster. It’s not even unique to baseball. Sports fans love a blockbuster. They love seeing them, they love thinking...
Via Fangraphs
26 days ago  |  Discuss

The Wind Up: Another Year, Another Team for Cameron Maybin

We’ve never seen the Cameron Maybin we were supposed to. And we’re likely never going to. Over parts of 10 seasons, he’s assumed the same role of countless others before him: journeyman. The player who ups his value for half a season, then gets moved along. Then does it again. And again. But Cameron Maybin was never supposed to be just any journeyman. No, the outfielder was...
Via The Sports Post
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Hot Stove season kicks off as Angels nab Cameron Maybin as Mike Trout’s outfield partner

With the World Series now in the books, the hot stove season is officially underway! The biggest offseason moves take some time to simmer, so in the meantime we got everything started with the Detroit Tigers sending outfielder Cameron Maybin to the Angels in exchange for right-handed pitcher Victor Alcantara. Yeah, not exactly an earth-shattering move to get the fun offseason started...
Via The Comeback
November 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Angels acquire Cameron Maybin from Tigers in offseason’s first trade

The champagne has not even dried in the Chicago Cubs clubhouse at Progressive Field in Cleveland, and we already have the first trade of the offseason. According to multiple media reports, the Los Angeles Angels have acquired veteran outfielder Cameron Maybin from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for pitching prospect Victor Alcantara. The Tigers will receive a right-handed pitcher...
Via Sportsnaut
November 03, 2016  |  Discuss
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