Angels Rumors & News

  • Albert Pujols to solely DH this season

    Sportsnaut "According to Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register, Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia has “no plans to play Albert Pujols at first base this spring, and that it will stay that way indefinitely.” The 10-time All-Star was questioned on whether he would be ready for Opening Day. He..." March 24

  • Luis Valbuena To Miss 4-6 Weeks Due To Hamstring Strain

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Angels will be without Luis Valbuena for an estimated 4-6 weeks after the first baseman suffered a Grade 1 strain in his right hamstring, the club announced. Valbuena suffered the injury yesterday, forcing him to leave a Spring Training game. Valbuena was signed to a two-year, $15MM..." March 23

  • David DeJesus retires

    Hardball Talk "Outfielder David DeJesus announced his retirement from Major League Baseball on Twitter Wednesday afternoon. He’ll be joining CSN Chicago for Cubs coverage. DeJesus, 37, spent 13 seasons in the big leagues from 2003-15 with the Royals, Athletics, Cubs, Nationals, Rays, and Angels. He hit a..." March 23

  • Study: MLB broadcast booths lack diversity

    Hardball Talk "At SB Nation’s Phillies blog The Good Phight, David S. Cohen compiled the demographics of the broadcast booths across baseball and found that it does not reflect the population of baseball nor of the United States. Of 164 announcers in 30 teams’ booths, 148 (90.2 percent) are white men. Only..." March 22

  • Torii Hunter Jr makes baseball debut

    Larry Brown Sports "Not too long ago, Torii Hunter Jr. was catching passes as a wide receiver at Notre Dame. On Sunday, he was playing in a spring training baseball game. Hunter played in nine games for the Fighting Irish last year, catching 38 passes for 521 yards and three touchdowns. He was also drafted by the..." March 20

  • MVP, Cy Young odds: Oddsmakers release favorites for 2017 MLB season

    CBS Sports "The 2017 season approacheth! Mostly, that means our attention will be locked on the various playoff races from the very start. However, we’ll also make time to eyeball the individual awards derbies from time to time. So to get us in that mindset, let’s have a look at these preseason MVP and Cy..." March 16

  • Angels Notes: Opening day starter Matt Shoemaker?

    Orange County Register "With less than three weeks to go before opening day, the order of the Angels rotation remains a mystery. Although Manager Mike Scioscia traditionally holds off on announcing his opening day starter until the last week of the spring, the calendar typically makes it fairly obvious by the middle..." March 16

  • Angels' Mike Trout is open to playing for U.S. in WBC in the future

    Los Angeles Times "Mike Trout hasn’t contracted a full-blown case of World Baseball Classic fever, but the Angels center fielder and two-time American League most valuable player is warming to the idea of playing in the event after watching the passion and excitement of several first-round games. “I mean,..." March 14

  • Albert Pujols cleared to play, will make his spring debut today

    Hardball Talk "Back in December Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols had surgery on the plantar fascia in his right foot. Pujols was bothered by plantar fasciitis repeatedly during the 2016 season, but played through the pain, finishing with a line of .268/.323/.457, 31 homers and 119 RBI. His rehab has..." March 10

  • Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs won't make scheduled start Friday because of shoulder weakness

    Los Angeles Times "Angels left-hander Tyler Skaggs has been scratched from Friday’s exhibition start against the San Diego Padres because of shoulder weakness, a setback the team considers minor but one that is troubling considering Skaggs’ recent injury history. Skaggs missed the entire 2015 season while..." March 09

  • MLB commish Rob Manfred admits it's unlikely MLB players will play in Olympics

    CBS Sports "The 2017 World Baseball Classic is underway and we’ve already seen some dramatic games. The tournament continues over the next two weeks and will culminate with the Championship Game on March 22 at Dodger Stadium. Here is the full WBC schedule . In three years, baseball and softball will return..." March 08

  • MLB teams focusing on improved rest to help their players perform better

    CBS Sports "Long before Moneyball came along, the game of baseball embraced numbers and statistical analysis. Every single team in baseball has a stats department. The ways and means have certainly changed, but the goal remains the same: use numbers to find a competitive advantage. These days..." March 08

  • MLB approves device to measure biometrics of players

    ESPN "Major League Baseball has approved the use of a continuous biometric monitor that can be worn by players during games. The device, made by a company called WHOOP, is the first of its kind approved by any of the major American sports leagues to be worn during competition. Teams cannot force..." March 06

  • Angels' Escobar passes test to become U.S. citizen

    Los Angeles Times "Two months ago, Yunel Escobar said Sunday at Angels camp, he decided he wanted to become an American citizen. Many of his Cuban countrymen who’d escaped already had completed the process, and his two children were born citizens. So he spent the off-season studying this country’s history and..." March 06

  • Bad omen? Angels closer Huston Street exits spring training debut

    CBS Sports "When Mike Axisa previewed the Los Angeles Angels earlier this week, he wrote “I’m not sure any team in baseball is more dependent on good health to have any shot at contention in 2017.” So ... about that ... Mike Scioscia had to let out a sigh Friday afternoon as closer Huston Street exited..." March 04

  • Infielder Brett Lawrie's a free agent, and here's five places he could land

    CBS Sports "On Friday, the Chicago White Sox released second baseman Brett Lawrie. We’ve since covered the White Sox’s perspective on the surprising move . The obvious follow-up to ask is this: What does the future hold for Lawrie? Sure, he’s dealing with a mysterious leg injury. Yes, his livewire..." March 04

  • MLB and MLBPA announce modifications of some rules for 2017 season

    MLB.com "Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players’ Association jointly announced modifications of some rules effective for the 2017 regular season. As was announced last month, managers will signal to the home plate umpire that he wants to intentionally walk the current..." March 02

  • What if the World Baseball Classic featured a team of Cuban players in MLB?

    CBS Sports "Next week, the 2017 edition of the World Baseball Classic will begin with pool play. The tournament starts March 6 and the championship game will be played March 22, at Dodger Stadium. Here is the full schedule and here are the full rosters . Once upon a time Cuba dominated international..." February 27

  • Health of pitching rotation will be key to Angels' success in 2017

    Los Angeles Times "The Angels’ undoing last season, they maintained amid it and after it, was the lack of health of their starting rotation. The key to their success this season, General Manager Billy Eppler is now saying, will be the health of their starting rotation. “Let’s call it what it is,” Eppler said. “If..." February 26

  • Trout considers suiting up for '21 Classic

    MLB.com "Mike Trout said Friday morning that though he's not playing for Team USA in the upcoming World Baseball Classic because of personal reasons, he very well could participate the next time around in the 2021 tournament. Trout will be 29 by then and a 10-year veteran. "It's a fun thing for the..." February 25

  • MLB views Las Vegas as 'viable market,' Rob Manfred says

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday that Las Vegas might be considered for a franchise in the future, an about-face from his predecessor. “Las Vegas could be a viable market for us,” Manfred said during his Cactus League news conference in Phoenix. “… I don’t think that..." February 22

  • Report: MLB approves new rule allowing a dugout signal for an intentional walk

    Hardball Talk "ESPN’s Howard Bryant is reporting that Major League Baseball has approved a rule allowing for a dugout signal for an intentional walk. In other words, baseball is allowing automatic intentional walks. Bryant adds that this rule will be effective for the 2017 season. MLB has been trying,..." February 22

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred: No rule changes in 2017, many could come in 2018

    CBS Sports "All offseason long, there’s been talk about which new rules Major League Baseball would implement prior to the start of the season. Some of the ideas bounced around included limiting the amount of mound visits, adding a pitch clock and tweaking the strike zone. None are coming in time for the 2017..." February 21

  • Report: Facebook, MLB in talks to stream a game every week

    Fanrag Sports "After Twitter gained a foothold into the streaming game over the past two seasons by airing NFL games, Facebook looks to be stepping in via Major League Baseball. The preeminent social network is in talks with MLB about streaming one game per week, according to Jessica Toonkel of Reuters. The..." February 21

  • Mike Trout stays humble, but frustrated with Angels' progress

    USA Today "The world’s best baseball player has a new teammate on each side of his locker in the Los Angeles Angels clubhouse, corner infielder Luis Valbuena to the left, second baseman Danny Espinosa to the right. Yet another newcomer, outfielder Cameron Maybin, is just a couple of stalls away. They’re..." February 20

  • Pujols hopes to be ready Opening Day after foot surgery

    Orange County Register "Nearly a week into his spring training, Albert Pujols is happy with the progress he’s making. “It’s been really good,” said Pujols, who reported Tuesday with the pitchers and catchers to Angels' camp. “No soreness at all afterwards. That’s a good sign. I got to start hitting in the cage and..." February 20

  • Jered Weaver is going to wear No. 27 with the Padres because he wants to hit like Mike Trout

    MLB.com "Jered Weaver racked up 150 victories and three top-five Cy Young Award finishes with the Angels, but he collected only four singles, with the last coming back in 2012. Not too surprising considering that he's, you know, a pitcher in the American League. But when it came time to pick out his number..." February 20

  • Angels owner says team will play in Angel Stadium through 2028

    Sporting News "The Angels apparently have decided to stick with their current stadium situation in Anaheim. The Los Angeles Times reported Saturday that team owner Arte Moreno said the Angels now plan on playing in aging Angel Stadium through 2028. According to the Times, that's when the team's lease at the..." February 18

  • Angels owner remarked about Huston Street’s weight loss

    Los Angeles Times "As the Angels assembled for their first team meeting of 2017 this week, their owner filtered through the Tempe Diablo Stadium clubhouse to offer handshakes and salutations across the room. When Arte Moreno reached the locker of Huston Street, the 33-year-old reliever he will pay $9 million this..." February 17

  • CJ Wilson retiring from baseball, going into car racing

    Larry Brown Sports "Former Los Angeles Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson is retiring from baseball, but he’s not quite ready to take it easy and golf seven days a week. Instead, Wilson is seeking a bigger thrill than the one he got on the diamond. In an interview with KFSN in Fresno this week, Wilson revealed that he is..." February 09

  • Commissioner Manfred admits MLB is revisiting its view on sports betting

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred discussed sports gambling with Yahoo Finance on Wednesday and made some pretty salient points. Among them is becoming more open-minded about fans legally gambling on the sport in the United States. Manfred said that betting on games is a "form of..." February 09

  • MLB to test radical extra-inning rule change in Minors, WBC

    Sportsnaut "Lower levels of professional baseball, as well as the upcoming World Baseball Classic, will have a radical rule change. When games reach extra innings, teams will begin their at-bats with a man already on second base. If it works well, the rule could eventually work its way to MLB. “A..." February 09

  • Angels sign RHP Yusmeiro Petit to minor league contract

    Fanrag Sports "The Los Angeles Angels have signed right-handed pitcher Yusmeiro Petit to a minor league contract with an invite to Major League Spring Training camp, the team announced on Wednesday. Petit, who recently pitched with the Washington Nationals over a one-year spell, was brought on to be a long..." February 08

  • Which players might surprise for clubs in '17?

    MLB.com "In the Major Leagues, big contributions often come from unexpected places. With Spring Training right around the corner, now is the time for some of the best stories of 2017 to begin. To catch you up on all that's taken place this offseason, MLB.com is taking a look at different aspects of each..." February 08

  • MLB win totals: How we see the 2017 season unfolding

    USA Today "First things first: Some team is lurking in the weeds to mess all this up. It always happens. With that out of the way, we present USA TODAY Sports’ projected win totals for the 2017 Major League Baseball season. For this, our second annual foray into forecasting all 30 teams’ records come Game..." February 07

  • 7 MLB veterans who surprisingly still are unsigned a week before spring training

    Fox Sports "At this time next week, pitchers and catchers from more than half of the majors’ teams will be going through their first spring training workouts. However, one prominent catcher – Matt Wieters – is among the most valuable free agents still on the market. And he isn’t alone. Here are seven..." February 07

  • Angels Sign Dustin Ackley To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Angels have announced the signing of infielder/outfielder Dustin Ackley to a minor league contract. The deal comes with an invitation to spring training for Ackley, a Boras Corporation client. It took Ackley just under three months to land anywhere after the Yankees released him in late..." February 05

  • Braun to Red Sox? Dozier to Braves? Five trades that should happen, but likely won't

    CBS Sports "In a little more than one week, pitchers and catchers will begin reporting to spring training and camps across Florida and Arizona will open. The first Grapefruit League and Cactus League games are roughly three weeks away. Teams are currently scrambling to fill out their rosters with spring..." February 04

  • Why it's time for MLB to rethink the outdated sacrifice fly rule

    Sporting News "Wade Boggs knows more about getting on base than anyone I've ever met. But the Hall of Famer's career .415 on-base percentage should've been higher. The reason it wasn't? The sacrifice fly. Boggs' 96 career sacrifice flies actually knocked his on-base percentage down four points — from a..." February 04

  • Angels, Bud Norris Agree To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Angels and right-hander Bud Norris have agreed to a minor league contract, reports Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports (via Twitter). The Wasserman client will compete for a rotation gig in Spring Training, Passan adds. Norris, 31, pitched to a 5.10 ERA with 8.1 K/9, 3.9 BB/9 and a 47.6 percent..." January 30

  • Jury selection begins in the human trafficking case against agents of Cuban ballplayers

    Hardball Talk "Jury selection is underway today in Miami federal courtroom in the case of Bartolo Hernandez and Julio Estrada, sports agents charged with illegally smuggling baseball players from Cuba to the United States. The two are accused of taking as much as $15 million from players, who were placed under..." January 30

  • When do pitchers and catchers report? 2017 MLB spring training reporting dates for all 30 teams

    Sporting News "Spring training is almost here, with teams reporting in about two weeks to warm the hearts of baseball fans who've endured another long, cold, baseball-less winter. Here are reporting dates for all 30 MLB teams: When do pitchers and catchers report? GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE (Pitchers and..." January 30

  • Angels agree to minor-league deal with Eric Young Jr.

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Angels and fleet-footed outfielder Eric Young Jr. have agreed to a minor league contract and an invite to Major League Spring Training, reports Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times (via Twitter). The 31-year-old Young spent most of the 2016 season with the Brewers’ Triple-A affiliate,..." January 24

  • 5 best remaining MLB free agents

    Larry Brown Sports "Spring training is less than a month away, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t still a few players in the Major League Baseball free agent market that could make positive contributions to a team. Though roster spots are filling up, teams still have needs, and there is still talent out..." January 24

  • Spring training to be shorter in 2018

    Fanrag Sports "In an effort to spread the season over 187 days as opposed to 183, Major League Baseball’s spring training period will last 38 days as opposed to 40 due in part to restrictions implemented in the league’s new collective bargaining agreement. The date for players to voluntarily arrive in camp is..." January 24

  • Report: Padres have made an offer of more than $1.75 million to Jered Weaver

    Hardball Talk "The Padres have reportedly made an offer of more than $1.75 million to free agent starter Jered Weaver, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports. Weaver, 34, isn’t the pitcher he was three years ago when he led the American League with 18 wins. He finished this past season with a 5.06 ERA and a..." January 24

  • MLB players pay tribute to Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte

    Fox Sports "Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed Sunday in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. Ventura, who made his MLB debut in 2013 and won 38 games for the Royals, was just 25. The accident occured just hours after former Braves, Indians and Diamondbacks infielder Andy Marte was..." January 22

  • Here's why Angels could rise to playoff contention in 2017

    CBS Sports "The current shoals being navigated by Angels GM Billy Eppler are treacherous ones. On the one hand, you've got one of the weakest farm systems in the game and a major-league club that finished 14 games below .500 in 2016. On the other hand, you've got the best player in baseball -- Mike Trout..." January 22

  • First Pitch: New year, new Angels?

    Fanrag Sports "We’ve finally made it to the weekend, which means it’s time to catch up on anything you may have missed during a busy week. While we hope you use this time to peruse FanRag Sports, we also know plenty of other sites are putting out good, entertaining work. Here’s some of it: The Los Angeles..." January 21

  • Albert Pujols’ injury status is what’s driving the Angels’ recent activity

    Fox Sports "The Angels’ pending signing of free-agent infielder Luis Valbuena is more a reflection of the uncertainty surrounding first baseman Albert Pujols than a desire to trade first baseman C.J. Cron or any other player. Valbuena’s agreement with the Angels, reportedly for two years with a club..." January 21