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Halo Headlines: reactions to Joyce-Jepsen trades, Angels still pursuing Gordon Beckham

The December 17th, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including reactions to Joyce-Jepsen trades, Angels still pursuing Gordon Beckham and much more… The Story: Adding Matt Joyce serves as Josh Hamilton insurance.The Monkey Says: That’s true in that it adds more left-handed power to a lineup that may not have any if Hamilton totally craters and/or gets...
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14 hours ago  |  Discuss

To trade Hamilton or not to trade him? That is the question for Halos

A scout with whom I speak regularly predicted Tuesday that Josh Hamilton would not open the season as a member of the Angels. I would not go that far. But I would bet that Hamilton does not complete the final three years of his contract with the club. The Angels, according to major-league sources, have discussed a possible Hamilton trade with at least two teams this offseason, the...
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19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Rays Trade Matt Joyce To Angels For Pitcher Kevin Jepsen

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Los Angeles Angels have acquired outfielder Matt Joyce from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for right-handed reliever Kevin Jepsen. The clubs announced the deal Tuesday. Joyce batted .254 with nine homers and 52 RBIs last season, his seventh in the majors and sixth with Tampa Bay. The 2011 All-Star and Tampa native has 88 homers...
1 day ago  |  Discuss

LA Angels Prospects Countdown #25: Jett Bandy

A big catcher with big defensive prowess and flashes of big power, Jett Bandy breaks into the Top 30 and harbors a chance to break into the big leagues this year as well. He also might be a film noir private detective, but that’s a different story for a different time. Jett Bandy In 10 words or less: The best name in the system. Good catcher too. Position: C  Born: 3/26/90Bats...
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Angels Acquire Matt Joyce From Rays In Exchange For Kevin Jepsen

The Los Angeles Angels have agreed to a deal with the Tampa Bay Rays that will send outfielder Matt Joyce to Los Angeles, and reliever Kevin Jepsen to Tampa Bay. The Rays had been reportedly shopping Joyce for some time now. Joyce, 30, has been in the Rays organization since 2009, and has had his fair share of ups and downs. His All-Star campaign of 2011 had many optimistic that...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Angels acquire Matt Joyce from Tampa Bay

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have acquired OF/1B Matt Joyce from the Tampa Bay Rays, in exchange for RHP Kevin Jepsen.Joyce, 30, played in 140 games for Tampa last season, where he hit for a .254 AVG with nine homers and 52 RBIs.Angels’ GM Jerry DiPoto sees Joyce being the everyday designated hitter, while also rotating through the corner outfield spots.Jepsen, 30, had been...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Angels Acquire Rays Matt Joyce For Kevin Jepsen

The Los Angeles Angels and Tampa Bays agreed to a trade that will send fan favorite Matt Joyce to the west coast for reliever Kevin Jepsen. Joyce, who was an All-Star in 2011, spent six of his seven seasons in the majors with Tampa Bay coming to the Rays in a trade with the Detroit Tigers. He will join Los Angeles with a .250/.342/.441/.783 slash line in 725 career games. “Matt...
Via Baseball News Source
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #182: Josh Hamilton | OF | LAA

In the pantheon of bad baseball contracts, Ryan Howard (five years, $138MM) is probably the most oft-cited example, but there several other bad contracts that GM’s wish they could have back: Alex Rodriguez (10 years, $275MM) Albert Pujols (10 years, $240MM) Joey Votto (10 years, $225MM) Prince Fielder (nine years, $215MM) Joe Mauer (eight years, $184MM) And the list goes on...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: Angels 12-to-1 to win World Series, can Josh Rutledge replace Howie Kendrick?

The December 16th, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Angels 12-to-1 to win World Series, can Josh Rutledge replace Howie Kendrick and much more… The Story: The Angels have the tied for the fourth-best odds to win the World Series, according to Vegas sportsbooks.The Monkey Says: Tied with the Tigers (OK) and the Cubs (huh?). These odds are meaningless...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

C.J. Cron, 2015 Fantasy Sleeper

It always concerns me when I put too much faith in The Sciosciapath playing a guy that is under 25 years old. A bigger concern is one that is currently penciled in at DH. If Josh Hamilton gets a nagging injury, then he's going to DH and C.J. Cron will be benched. Same, really, with any Angels player. The only one we don't have to worry about is Pujols. Not because Pujols is guaranteed...
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Player Profile #188: Jered Weaver | SP | LAA

We spend so much time talking about baseball stats like they’re all puzzle pieces. Take a pitcher’s K%, BB%, SIERA, Strand Rate, LD%, BABIP, ERA, and whatever else, and you can generally put them all together to create the picture of a pitcher’s season. Then pitchers like Jered Weaver come along who taunt us with their misshapen pieces that don’t quite fit right. Weaver’s...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels Injury Update: Garrett Richards out until May

The Los Angeles Angels lead the league in runs scored this past season en route to a 98-win season, best in the Major Leagues. One area the team may look to improve this winter is the pitching staff which was 16th in the league in ERA. On the injury front, right-handed starter Garrett Richards will be out until May as he continues to recover from a torn patellar tendon. View...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Howie Kendrick, A Class Act

By David Saltzer, Senior Writer Since becoming a baseball fan, I’ve always loved following the Minor Leagues. It’s just one more dimension to the game that adds hope for the future. There’s always that guy down on the farm, who maybe, just maybe, can be the one to put our team over the top. In 2005, I went out to see the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, the Angels...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

The Angels Make A Move

By Greg Bearringer, Columnist -  Last night, I decided to take some time off of Twitter and spend even more time with my not-yet-four-week-old son. The Angels offseason, and the Michigan coaching search, had evaporated too much of my productivity and watching my son examine my face like I'm some alien monster was worth not knowing the 411 on a bunch of non-news...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers Flip Andrew Heaney for Howie Kendrick

Well, that didn’t take long. A few hours after the reports came out on the trade sending Dee Gordon to the Marlins for Andrew Heaney and stuff, Heaney was redirected to the Angels in exchange for Howie Kendrick. So, really, instead of trading a second baseman and a pitcher they didn’t want for a bundle […]
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers Acquire Howie Kendrick From the Angels

Within the matter of hours, the Los Angeles Dodgers went from fielding Dee Gordon at second base with a hole at short to finding a double play combo of Jimmy Rollins and Howie Kendrick. Fresh off multiple moves earlier in the day, the Dodgers acquired second baseman Howie Kendrick from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for one of the players (Andrew Heaney) they received from the...
Via Sportsnaut
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels update from MLB Winter Meetings

The MLB's best regular season team in 2014 has been relatively quiet thus far during the Winter Meetings. The Angels are returning the core of their 98-win team. So why should they make noise?  For one, the Angels failed to achieve their ultimate goal, getting swept in the first round of the playoffs, a series that still haunts manager Mike Scioscia. As a result, some changes were...
Via Fox Sports West
6 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 ZiPS Projections – Los Angeles Angels

After having typically appeared in the very hallowed pages of Baseball Think Factory, Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections have been released at FanGraphs the past couple years. The exercise continues this offseason. Below are the projections for the Los Angeles Angels Szymborski can be found at ESPN and on Twitter at @DSzymborski. Other Projections: Atlanta / […]
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels deal for Cuban infielder Roberto Baldoquin near completion

The Los Angeles Angels haven't typically been big players when it comes to bidding on flashy Cuban prospects, but if it's the right fit at the right time, a signing is necessary. The $8 million deal for Roberto Baldoquin, a Cuban shortstop who is thought to big league ready or close to it, was a right place, right time, right fit kind of deal. "Roberto is a very well-rounded player...
Via Fox Sports West
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Angels rumors: Offseason updates

The Los Angeles Angels fell just short of the World Series in 2014 and return most of the key pieces from the team. There still needs to be improvements made to this Angels roster, mainly on the pitching side of things. However, when commenting about this offseason, General Manager Jerry Dipoto was quoted saying “We are not really looking to surf in the free agent market, at least...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe McDonnell's Firsthand Report from Day One of the Winter Meetings

By Joe McDonnell, Staff Reporter -  San Diego, CA -- Angels' General Manager Jerry Dipoto shot down reports that his team was actively trying to trade lefthanded starter C.J. Wilson, "We've talked to one team," Dipoto said at Baseball's Winter Meetings in San Diego, CA.. "And they called us. We've not been shopping C.J. at a reduced price to any team. "He...
Via Angelswin
8 days ago  |  Discuss

C.J. Wilson Is On The Trading Block

The Los Angeles Angels are looking to improve their starting rotation, and they have told other teams that starting pitcher C.J. Wilson is on the block and is available in trade discussions according to a report by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. If the Angels are able to move Wilson, then that would help cut payroll, and it would free up a rotation spot. Wilson had his worst year since...
Via Baseball Essential
9 days ago  |  Discuss

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