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Los Angeles Angels sign veteran catcher Geovany Soto

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Free-agent catcher Geovany Soto and the Los Angeles Angels have agreed to a one-year contract. The team announced the move Tuesday night, one day after losing catcher Chris Iannetta to the Seattle Mariners in free agency. Soto has played for four teams in 11 major league seasons. The former Chicago Cubs backstop spent last season on the other side of town...
Via AP on Fox
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Bud Black joins Angels organization as special assistant to GM

Bud Black has finally found a job. After striking out on finding a managing gig this offseason, coming close to landing the manager gig in Washington, the former Padres skipper will take his talents to Los Angeles and join the Angels organization as a special assistant to GM Billy Eppler. Angels announce Bud Black as special assistant to GM Billy Eppler, as previously reported...
Via The Outside Corner
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Mike Trout, four years in

We are living in a golden age of youthful, historic talent, especially among position players. This was the case even before 2015, when the likes of Kris Bryant, Carlos Correa and Francisco Lindor — all 23 years old or young — joined the party. Previously, the Cubs had run out a slew of young stud position players on a daily basis, and Manny Machado and Bryce Harper have been...
Via Fangraphs
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Angels, Athletics Among MLB Teams That Need To Do Some Holiday Shopping

  The holiday season is here, and Major League Baseball teams are hard at work making their offseason wishlists. Plenty of teams are trying to fill holes to either stay in contention or look to make a playoff run in 2016. This year’s deep free agent class certainly will help, but teams also seem to be willing to make big trades. The Los Angeles Angels are one of those teams that...
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

2016 Prospects: Los Angeles Angels Top 10 Prospects by Christopher Crawford and BP Prospect Staff

Prospects? We don`t need no stinkin` prospects!
Via Baseball Prospectus
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Angels expected to be among teams interested in Jason Heyward

In an effort to have one of baseball’s best outfields – offensively and defensively – the Angels are said to be interested in free agent Jason Heyward. Jon Morosi reports the Angels have not ruled out pursuing Heyward as they look to upgrade their outfield. Heyward won the 2015 Gold Glove Award in right field for the National League. Kole Calhoun who currently is listed as...
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: A.J. Griffin available, Trout’s race to be best ever

The November 23, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes stuff that’s mostly tangentially related to the Halos because it’s nearly Thanksgiving and most front offices are already home baking pies and such. The Story: A.J. Griffin designated for assignment by the A’s MWAH Says: File this one under “Transactions you never expected to see in 2015.” Not just that...
Via Monkey with a Halo
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Getting Mike Trout to 168.4 WAR

For the third time in four years, Mike Trout finished as a runner-up MVP. Trout had a compelling case, but Josh Donaldson was a deserving winner. Even if you think Trout should have won, you’re probably fine with Donaldson winning. More than one guy can deserve it, after all. Regardless, the outcome of an award vote doesn’t change what Trout’s achieved through his first four...
Via Fangraphs
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Top five potential free agent targets for the Los Angeles Angels

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 11: Centerfielder Yoenis Cespedes #52 of the New York Mets hits a 2-run home run in the eighth inning during the game against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on September 11, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images) Mike Zarrilli Getty ImagesNew general manager Billy Eppler has only been with the Los Angeles Angels for a couple...
Via Fox Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: Trout again runner-up for MVP, Rule 5 Draft deadline arrives

The November 20, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes Mike Trout making some bittersweet history, the club potentially adding a few players to the 40-man roster, and more… The Story: Mike Trout finishes 2nd in MVP voting MWAH Says: Just as expected, sadly. Trout is now one of just four players ever to finish in the top two in MVP voting in four consecutive seasons—joining...
Via Monkey with a Halo
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels Winter Wishlist: Jason Heyward

After just a few weeks on the job as general manager, Billy Eppler has already shored up two pressing needs before Thanksgiving. The blockbuster acquisition for Andrelton Simmons is controversial among Angels fans, but Eppler did turn the shortstop position from a 2017 question mark into surplus value for five seasons. Signing Cliff Pennington will provide the bench with much-needed...
Via Monkey with a Halo
5 days ago  |  Discuss

How to Make the Offense Less Offensive

By Jonathan Northrop, Feature Writer   The way I see it, the hitting positions can be categorized thus in terms of probable production relative to positional league average: Great: CF Good to very good: None Average to above average: 1B, RF, DH Below average to poor: C, 2B, SS, 3B, LF Obviously five below average hitters does not a championship team...
Via Angelswin
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Top 5 Free Agents the Los Angeles Angels Should Sign

The Los Angeles Angels are high off their recent acquisition of All-Star defensive shortstop Andrelton Simmons. He will solidify the Angels infield and help save the pitching staff multiple runs. Simmons was not cheap by any stretch of the imagination as the Angels dealt their starting shortstop from last season, Erick Aybar, as well as […]
Via Baseball Essential
10 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Los Angeles Angels Primer Part VI: Shortstop

By Robert Cunningham, Staff Writer -  Author’s Note: Player data displayed was pulled at end of season. Additionally Brad Miller, a suggested trade target, was acquired by the Rays in an early season trade with the Mariners. Also another trade target, Jose Reyes, is having serious off the field issues (Domestic violence charge) that would likely impact the Angels...
Via Angelswin
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Sean Newcomb, Chris Ellis scouting reports

Sean Newcomb and Chris Ellis are the two Angels pitchers headed to the Atlanta Braves as part of the Andrelton Simmons trade. They, along with Erick Aybar and some cash, are going to Atlanta for the two-time Gold Glove shortstop. The Angels are getting a sure thing at shortstop with Simmons’ glove, but what’s not...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

JABO: Surviving With Jered Weaver’s Velocity

Pitching in the major leagues is almost incomprehensibly difficult. It’s easy to pick up on that fact by watching the revolving door of pitchers who simply don’t have the talent, health, or stuff to make it. There is no leeway in pitching, no slack, no grace period to ease into: major league baseball is a wood chipper that pitchers are fed into with the hope that they’ll emerge...
Via Fangraphs
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Albert Pujols will have foot surgery, miss 4.5 months

Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols will miss the next four and a half months after having surgery last week on his right foot. Albert Pujols underwent a surgical procedure on his foot last week. He is expected to resume full baseball activities in 4 1/2 months. — Angels (@Angels) November 9, 2015   It’s a tough blow for the Angels, as the injury will keep...
Via The Outside Corner
15 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Los Angeles Angels Primer Part V: Second Base

By Robert Cunningham, Staff Writer -  Author’s Note - Player data displayed was pulled on September 25th and 26th, 2015. Additionally Grant Green was designated for assignment in late September which means, due to his ability to elect Minor League Free Agency, he has likely seen his last day in an Angels uniform. The absence of Howie Kendrick was certainly...
Via Angelswin
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Former Indian Charlie Nagy named L.A. Angels’ pitching coach

Former Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Charlie Nagy has been named the pitching coach of the Los Angeles Angels, per an announcement from general manager Billy Eppler and a tweet from the team Monday night: #Angels name 3-time All-Star, Charlie Nagy, as pitching coach. Welcome back to the Halos Family! — Angels (@Angels) November 3, 2015  ...
Via Waiting For Next Year
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Details of Scott Servais clashing with Mike Scioscia revealed

Mike Scioscia’s clash with the Angels’ front office has been well documented. A few years ago it was reported that he and GM Jerry Dipoto were not getting along and that the team would have to choose between the men. Owner Arte Moreno’s solution was to keep both until things got so bad that DiPoto...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
October 23, 2015  |  Discuss

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