Angels Rumors & News

  • Top 5 statistical milestones to watch in 2016

    ESPN "The upcoming season should be a banner one for milestones, as Ichiro, A-Rod, K-Rod and a quartet of pitchers take aim at some magic hits, home runs, saves and strikeouts. Here's a look at the players who are closest to some historic achievements. Though Ichiro isn't the hitter he once was, he..." February 04

  • Big spenders: MLB teams exceed $4.5 billion in FA signings

    The Score "Major-league clubs spent over $4.5 billion on free agents during a record-setting winter that saw both David Price and Zack Greinke receive history-making contracts. While the usually deep-pocketed Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers were among the big spenders, the Chicago Cubs, Arizona..." February 04

  • Ranking the 30 best starting pitchers in Major League Baseball for 2016

    CBS Sports "We've made our way through the position player and DH rankings (previous rankings: C | 1B | 2B |SS | 3B | LF | CF | RF | DH), and now it's time to give the starting pitchers their due. As was the case with previous rankings, let's keep these things in mind: 1. We are ranking the players..." February 03

  • Groundhog Deals: Do-overs shadow GMs "The film "Groundhog Day" is not just a comedy classic, but its premise -- which involves Bill Murray's character living the same day over and over -- has also become a cultural metaphor. So beyond just the thought of a rodent sticking its head out of the ground to provide a long-term weather..." February 02

  • MLB owners take a look at issues involved with tanking

    ESPN "The question of whether some teams are intentionally building bad rosters in order to improve their standing in subsequent drafts -- tanking, to borrow the parlance of the NBA -- was raised at the most recent Major League Baseball owners meetings, according to sources. The January discussion in..." February 02

  • Angels are wasting the best years of Mike Trout

    ESPN "Ty Cobb played in three World Series by the time he was 22, lost them all, and never made it back. Ted Williams played in one World Series, hit .200 in a seven-game defeat, and never made it back. Ernie Banks never made one at all. Neither did Billy Williams or Ryne Sandberg or Andre..." February 01

  • Baseball execs can't lose sight of the human element in making decisions

    Fox Sports "I need to get out more. Baseball executives need to get out more, too. On Friday night, I was in Toronto for "Pitch Talks," a speaker series about baseball, serving on a panel with Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith of Rogers SportsNet. Midway through the session, a fan asked a seemingly..." February 01

  • MLB salaries will near record $4 billion

    Yahoo! Sports "Major League Baseball teams have guaranteed nearly $2.5 billion to free agents this offseason, shattering the previous record by more than half a billion dollars and continuing the distribution of record revenues that could soon approach $10 billion annually industry-wide. An analysis of..." January 29

  • The qualifying offer is screwing up free agency again

    SB Nation "It's Jan. 28, but thanks to the qualifying offer, there are still free agents available who could help a team. And not like, help off the bench, or fill out the back-end of a rotation: there are legitimate starting players who could not only fill a hole but also produce at above-average levels..." January 28

  • Albert Pujols progressing after foot surgery, but what about Opening Day?

    Fox Sports "Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols has been cleared to start hitting baseballs off a tee, according to a team official, an early milestone in his rehabilitation from November surgery on the plantar plate of his right foot. Initially, the Angels said Pujols was expected to resume..." January 27

  • Report: Angels, Kole Calhoun avoid arbitration with $3.4M deal "The Angels avoided arbitration with Kole Calhoun on Tuesday night, signing their right fielder to a $3.4 million contract for 2016 and thus taking care of all their arbitration-eligible players, a source told Calhoun's side originally filed for $3.9 million when teams and players..." January 27

  • MLB cranks up pace-of-game restrictions for Year 2

    New York Post "Major League Baseball officials and their union counterparts are closing in on agreements for further initiatives to improve the pace of the game, concerning both pitchers and managers, The Post has learned. The sides have been discussing two items in particular to try to make another dent in..." January 27

  • Orioles acquire outfielder Efren Navarro from Angels

    Hardball Talk "Last week the Angels designated outfielder/first baseman Efren Navarro for assignment and now they’ve traded him to the Orioles for cash considerations. Navarro never hit much in four limited stints with the Angels, batting a combined .246 with one homer and a .627 OPS in 280 plate appearances..." January 27

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    Angels @Angels

    Today, the #Angels have claimed INF Ronald Torreyes off waivers from the Yankees and designated LHP Bobby LaFromboise for assignment.

  • All 30 MLB teams' starting rotations, ranked

    USA Today "What follows here will probably prove very, very wrong in spots. Starting pitching, by nature, is a fickle thing: Sometimes great pitchers get hurt or suddenly prove ineffective, sometimes guys emerge as aces seemingly overnight. And there’s enough parity in Major League Baseball in 2016 that it’s..." January 26

  • MLB plans to play first regular-season games in London in 2017

    The Comeback "Major League Baseball is looking to expand its horizons, particularly overseas. Commissioner Rob Manfred told The Associated Press that the league is hoping to play it’s first regular-season games in London in 2017. The move would be congruent with other international moves by the league, such..." January 26

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says likely no DH in NL for “foreseeable future”

    Hardball Talk "Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak created quite a bit of a chatter last weekend when he said that there has been “more momentum” in discussions with other general managers and owners for the designated hitter to come to the National League. That “momentum” might have been overstated. In..." January 26

  • Q&A: MLB commissioner Rob Manfred

    Yahoo! Sports "Monday marks the one-year anniversary of Rob Manfred taking over as commissioner of Major League Baseball. In a Q&A over the weekend with Yahoo Sports, Manfred reflected on the big issues of his first year (Pete Rose and recapturing the youth market), looked at the game’s future (expansion,..." January 25

  • MLB open to expansion, relocation possibilities, Manfred says

    Sporting News "Baseball fans in cities without a major league franchise might still get a team to call their own — just not anytime soon. Commissioner Rob Manfred touched on possible expansion and relocation as part of a wide-ranging Q&A with Yahoo Sports and sounded as if he's keeping an open mind on both..." January 25

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeyman

    a few teams have checked in on cj Wilson on a buy-low type trade but angels haven't heard anything worth doing yet

  • Mike Trout: 'Up all night' monitoring winter storm in N.J.

    ESPN "The massive snowstorm blanketing the East Coast has snarled traffic plans and forced millions of Americans indoors this weekend, but at least one person is loving it: Mike Trout, who said he was "up all night" monitoring the storm. The Angels' star outfielder appeared Saturday on The Weather..." January 23

  • Brewers, Angels, Rangers interested in Austin Jackson

    The Score "Austin Jackson may not come with the same kind of fanfare as the top free agent left on the open market, Yoenis Cespedes, but that isn't stopping teams from talking to the outfielder about a potential deal. The Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Angels, and Texas Rangers have all "kicked the tires"..." January 22

  • Angels, Richards agree to $6.425 million deal "The Angels and starting pitcher Garrett Richards avoided arbitration on Thursday, coming to terms on a $6.425 million contract for 2016, a source told Richards, who could end up as the Opening Day starter, went 15-12 with a 3.65 ERA in 207 1/3 innings in 2015, his first season removed..." January 22

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    Alden Gonzalez @Alden_Gonzalez

    Source: Angels, Garrett Richards avoid arbitration. $6.425M.

  • 15d
    Bob Nightengale @BNightengale

    The #MLB trading deadline has been moved to Aug. 1 instead of July 31, since July 31 is a Sunday

  • The Definitive Case for Universal DH

    Sports On Earth "Arguments for and against the designated hitter in Major League Baseball are as old as the position itself. And by now, those arguments are well established and, frankly, very, very tired. We know one side likes added offense, the other added strategy. We know one side is tired of watching..." January 21

  • MLB agrees to offer single-team streaming to settle class-action suit

    Sporting News "Major League Baseball on Tuesday reached a deal with fans to settle an antitrust class action lawsuit over how out-of-market game broadcasts are sold, reported, adding that the side settled only moments before the trial was due to start in Manhattan. Under the agreement, MLB will..." January 20

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    Mike DiGiovanna @MikeDiGiovanna

    #Angels 1B/OF Efren Navarro was DFA'd to make room for Al Alburquerque.

  • Angels “not going after” Yoenis Cespedes because of luxury tax

    Hardball Talk "Yoenis Cespedes and the Angels seem like a natural fit, but Alden Gonzalez of reports that owner Arte Moreno is determined to stay under the luxury tax threshold and is “not going after” Cespedes. At the moment the Angels have Daniel Nava and Craig Gentry atop their left field depth..." January 19

  • Will changes to 2B slide rule come at upcoming owners meetings?

    Fox Sports "As Major League Baseball owners prepare to meet Wednesday and Thursday in Coral Gables, Florida, consensus with the players’ union remains elusive on slides at second base. MLB officials raised the possibility of a rule change in the aftermath of Ruben Tejada’s broken leg suffered in the..." January 19

  • Al Alburquerque signs with the Angels

    Hardball Talk "Jon Heyman reports that the Angels have agreed to terms with reliever Al Alburquerque on a major league contract, pending a physical. Alburquerque was non-tended by the Tigers in December. He has been an effective reliever in the past and has a career 11.0 K/9 rate, although last season was a..." January 15

  • Angels agree to terms with Fernando Salas

    Orange County Register "The Angels agreed to a $2.4 million deal with Fernando Salas on Thursday night, avoiding arbitration with the veteran reliever. Garrett Richards and Kole Calhoun are the Angels' only remaining arbitration eligible players. Teams and players must exchange figures Friday." January 15

  • 156 Players File For Salary Arbitration

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Major League Baseball Players Association announced today that 156 players have filed for salary arbitration. Players and teams will formally exchange arbitration figures on Friday, and in the five to six weeks that follow, dozens of agreements will be reached. Players and teams that are..." January 13

  • MLB teams must hire full-time Spanish translators for 2016

    ESPN "All 30 Major League Baseball clubs have received a joint directive requiring them to hire full-time Spanish translators for the 2016 season in conjunction with a new program negotiated between the commissioner's office and the players' union, multiple baseball officials told ESPN on..." January 13

  • MLB's top bullpens: Dominant trio puts Yankees on top

    ESPN "The Kansas City Royals are the champions of baseball and a barometer of change in the sport. For decades, the conventional wisdom in baseball has been that you must have very good starting pitching to achieve success through the regular season and in the postseason, and with a handful of..." January 12

  • Diamondbacks Sign Wesley Wright

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Diamondbacks signed left-handed reliever Wesley Wright to a minor league contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training, according to a tweet from the team’s Triple-A affiliate. The Reynolds Sports client, presumably, will compete for a bullpen job in Spring Training with the..." January 11

  • Angels Avoid Arbitration With Hector Santiago

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Angels have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal with lefty Hector Santiago, the club announced. He’ll receive a $5MM salary, per Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times (via Twitter). Santiago was projected by MLBTR to earn $5.1MM in his second season of arbitration..." January 09

  • Guerrero deserves to follow Griffey into Hall "At first glance, inspecting the 2017 Hall of Fame roster of candidates, it appears nobody will approach Ken Griffey Jr., the most popular electee in history by the Baseball Writers' Association of America with 99.3 percent of the vote. Vladimir Guerrero, Ivan Rodriguez and Manny Ramirez are the..." January 08

  • Looking Ahead To The 2017 Hall of Fame Class

    Baseball Essential "With the 2016 Baseball Hall of Fame class consisting of two very worthy members in Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza, the voters of the BBWAA will have another ballot to cast one year from now. Griffey Jr. received the highest percentage of the vote in history, left off only three ballots, while..." January 07

  • MLB has a billion reasons for new live-streaming deal in China

    Sporting News "MLB's international initiative has targeted all the TVs in China. That's a growth potential of more than 1 billion new fans, the result of a "wide-ranging partnership" announced Wednesday with China-based Le Sports in which major league games will be live-streamed in China for the first..." January 07

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    Alden Gonzalez @Alden_Gonzalez

    Billy Eppler said he’s had talks with FA OFs "as recently as 24 hours ago,” but wouldn’t comment on Gordon, Cespedes, Heyward specifically.

  • Albert Pujols cleared to remove walking boot

    MLB Daily Dish "Back in early November, Albert Pujols underwent surgery to repair a plantar plate on the big toe of his right foot. On Monday, Pujols was informed that he can now remove his walking boot according to a report from Alden Gonzalez of Gonzalez goes on to quote Angels general manager Billy..." January 05

  • Shift In Baseball Hall of Fame Voting Could Pave The Way For Those Clouded In PED Controversy "Since 1936, players have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and it’s safe to say that in no time since has there not be controversy about players that did, or did not gain inclusion. The criteria for voting, based upon the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA), is described..." January 04

  • Richards not worried about becoming Angels' ace

    Orange County Register "The morning we caught up with Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards at his offseason home in Edmond, Okla., he had been rocked by a reminder of life back in Southern California. A 4.3-magnitude earthquake struck just before 6 a.m. about five miles northeast of Edmond on Tuesday morning...." January 03

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    Alden Gonzalez @Alden_Gonzalez

    Angels also claimed two LHRPs, Bobby LaFromboise and Rob Rasmussen, off waivers. AJ Achter outrighted, Rafael Lopez released to create room.

  • Yes, there is tanking in baseball

    ESPN "In Monday’s column, I listed the growing industry issue of teams tanking seasons as one of 10 storylines to watch for 2016. In response, John Stolnis insists in this piece that the Phillies are not tanking. He also misses the point of the larger issue. As written here many times in the past..." December 22

  • The Dodgers spent more on payroll in 2015 than both World Series teams combined

    USA Today "At the Tacoma News Tribune, Bob Dutton passes along figures obtained by the Associated Press showing the complete payrolls of all 30 Major League teams, including “salaries and pro-rated shares of signing bonuses, earned incentive bonuses, non-cash compensation, buyouts of unexercised options and..." December 21

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    Bill Shaikin @BillShaikin

    #Angels owner Arte Moreno said he's "probably out" on the Gordon/Cespedes/Upton group

  • Angels Sign Daniel Nava

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Angels announced that they have signed outfielder Daniel Nava to a one-year, major league deal. Nava, 32, was a free agent for the first time in his career this winter. Nava, 33 in February, suffered through the worst season of his career but has been a regular or semi-regular contributor..." December 16

  • Safer path sought for Cubans to reach MLB "Major League Baseball will "try very hard" to establish a safer method of getting Cuban ballplayers to the United States and is "cautiously optimistic" about playing Spring Training games on the island in March, chief legal officer Dan Halem said at the outset of MLB's goodwill trip to..." December 16

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