ANGELS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Angels pick RHP Haley in Rule 5 Draft, deal him to Twins

The Angels departed the Winter Meetings on Thursday morning, but not before making a few moves to add volume to their Minor League system.
Via Angels.com
2 hours ago

Angels To Trade Justin Haley To Twins

The Angels have agreed to trade Rule 5 Draft pick and right-handed pitcher Justin Haley for cash, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times tweets. It’s expected that team will be the Twins, as Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press and others have tweeted. Haley was the eighth pick in the draft from the Red Sox system, and the Twins had already selected a player, Miguel Diaz, by that...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
2 hours ago

2017 Prospects: Los Angeles Angels Top 10 Prospects by Jeffrey Paternostro and BP Prospect Staff

I *am* big, it’s the prospects that got small.
Via Baseball Prospectus
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Angelswin.com Top 30 Prospects - #29 IF Leonardo Rivas

Prospect: Leo Rivas Rank: 29 2015/16 Rank: UR Position(s): Shortstop, Second Base and Third Base Level: Rookie Ball Age: Entering Age 19 season in 2017. Height: 5’10”                Weight: 150 lb.    Present Future Hitting Ability         40    50 Power                    30    40 Base running    ...
Via Angelswin
15 hours ago

Angels to monitor Garrett Richards' innings, pitch counts closely

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – As Mike Scioscia answered questions during his winter meetings media session Wednesday about why he thinks the Angels will be better next year, his foremost reason had nothing to do with any moves being pondered up in Billy...
Via The OC Register
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Blue Jays, Brett Oberholtzer Agree To Minors Deal

The Blue Jays have agreed to a deal with southpaw Brett Oberholtzer, tweets FanRag’s Jon Heyman. Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi tweets that it’s a minor league contract. The 27-year-old Oberholtzer struggled mightily in 2016, though, pitching to a career-worst 5.89 ERA with 6.9 K/9, 3.7 BB/9 and a 42.3 percent ground-ball rate in 70 innings between the Philies and Angels. The former...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
20 hours ago

Scioscia confident Angels will rebound in '17

Immediately after his team's disappointing 2016 season, Mike Scioscia expressed confidence that the injury-ravaged Angels were a much better club than their 74-88 record would indicate.
Via Angels.com
21 hours ago

MLB trade rumors: Angels going after Pirates 2B Josh Harrison makes a lot of sense

We’ve still got plenty of Winter Meetings left, which means we’re still (im)patiently waiting for some Angels news to develop...something, anything to whet our appetites. Billy Eppler, meanwhile, is still out there, continuing his quest to grab a second baseman that is more than just a pipe dream. Of course, I’m still playing fake GM in my head and on Halos Heaven, trying...
Via Halos Heaven
21 hours ago

Jahmai Jones tops the latest Baseball America list of Angels best prospects

Baseball America refreshed their top 10 list in November You can find the entire listing here, but aside from reading about Jahmai Jones, the rest of the article requires a premium subscription so I won’t include all the details here. There is probably some rule against that or something anyway :) TOP 10 PROSPECTS 1. Jahmai Jones, of (more here)2. Matt Thaiss, 1b3. Alex Meyer...
Via Halos Heaven
22 hours ago

Who do the Angels pick up in the Rule 5 Draft?

The Rule 5 draft takes place on Thursday morning In 2015, the Angels selected Deolis Guerra as the 20th pick of the Rule 5 Draft. He went on to pitch 53 innings with a 3.21 ERA and a 1.106 WHIP. He did allow 46% of inherited runners to score and gave up 6 HRs, but when all was done and said he was perhaps one of the better pitchers in the entire bullpen for 2016 having the 4th...
Via Halos Heaven
1 day ago

Angelswin.com #30 Prospect: RHP Austin Adams

Prospect: Austin Adams     Rank: 30 2015/16: UR            Position(s): Right Handed Pitcher Level: AA                Age: Entering Age 26 season in 2017. Height: 6’2”               Weight: 225 lb. Present     Future                              Present Future Fastball      ...
Via Angelswin
2 days 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
3 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
5 days ago  |  Discuss

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
7 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
8 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
9 days ago  |  Discuss

The Angels’ Cheap Bet on Spin

The Angels presently project to have baseball’s worst bullpen. Now, they know it’s a potential weakness, and they’re going to make further moves to try to shore things up, but some time ago the front office did re-sign Andrew Bailey for a year and $1 million. It’s terribly unexciting, and this isn’t even new. Again: old transaction! But I thought about this when I read...
Via Fangraphs
9 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
10 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
11 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
15 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
17 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
20 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...
21 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
22 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
29 days ago  |  Discuss
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