Angels Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Here is the 2017 MLB Draft order now that all qualified free agents have signed

    CBS Sports "Earlier this week, both Jose Bautista and Mark Trumbo signed new contracts with their former teams, meaning all 10 of this offseason's qualified free agents are off the board. Here's our free agent tracker. Now that all the qualified free agents are signed, the 2017 amateur draft order is more or..." January 21

  • Angels reportedly nearing multiyear deal with Luis Valbuena

    Orange County Register "The Angels are reportedly nearing a multiyear deal with free agent Luis Valbuena, who would add depth at multiple positions on their infield and another left-handed bat to their roster. Terms of the deal, reported Thursday by Venezuelan reporter Efrain Zavarace, were not available, although..." January 20

  • Angels extend Calhoun with 3-year deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Angels have agreed to a three-year contract extension with right fielder Kole Calhoun, per a club announcement, covering the 2017 through 2019 seasons. Importantly, the deal includes an option for 2020, which means that the team will pick up an added season of control while buying out all of..." January 18

  • Jose Canseco claims Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell used steroids, rips Hall of Fame voters in Twitter rant

    New York Daily News "On the eve of the Baseball Hall of Fame announcement, former slugger and self-proclaimed “godfather of steroids” Jose Canseco went off on a Twitter rant, ripping the writers, the voting process and naming players on the ballot as definite juicers. Canseco, author of the 2005 book “Juiced,”..." January 18

  • The Angels are paying Josh Hamilton more than $26M to play for the Rangers

    CBS Sports "As has been expected for months, the Rangers re-signed Josh Hamilton on Tuesday to a minor-league deal. He can opt out of the deal and become a free agent by April 1 if he doesn't make the big-league club and it's for the league minimum (per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports). This is all very..." January 17

  • Shoemaker medically cleared, eager for spring

    MLB.com "Four months after Matt Shoemaker's nightmare on the mound, the Angels' right-hander was back on it Saturday. He was teaching, not pitching. He's looking forward to getting back to the latter soon. As Shoemaker watched kids throw at his childhood friend and high school teammate Anthony Bass'..." January 15

  • Will catchers soon have headsets in their helmets?

    Hardball Talk "Teddy Cahill of Baseball America tells us about a new innovation in the never-ending struggle to speed up games: catcher headsets. Just as quarterbacks never call their own plays anymore and, instead, have them radioed in to them from the sidelines, catchers rarely call their own pitches..." January 12

  • Angels interested in free agent Matt Wieters

    Fanrag Sports "The Angels have been considering making a run at free agent catcher Matt Wieters, whose market has been mostly quiet to this point. Angels people have had internal talks regarding Wieters, a four-time All-Star, though it isn’t known how serious their interest is to date. To date, the Angels..." January 11

  • Changes might come if five players are voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame

    Sporting News "At this point, it might still happen. As of 190 votes known publicly in the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s 2017 election for the Hall of Fame, Ryan Thibodaux had five players in the running in his vote tracker for the necessary 75 percent: Tim Raines with 91.6 percent of the vote;..." January 11

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred meets with Donald Trump at Trump Tower

    SI "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred met with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower on Tuesday morning, he confirmed to pool reporters in New York. Yankees president Randy Levine was also spotted at the building. “We had a really nice meeting with the President-elect,”..." January 10

  • Former Los Angeles Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson may hold showcase

    Fox Sports "The Los Angeles Angels have officially moved on from C.J. Wilson. The southpaw made out like a bandit during his time in Anaheim. The marriage between C.J. Wilson and the Los Angeles Angels has come to an end. It’s sad to say that Wilson didn’t ride off into the sunset after helping the Angels..." January 07

  • Nine rising MLB stars who could break out in 2017

    Sporting News "The calendar has finally flipped to 2017, but we all started thinking about the 2017 baseball season long ago. Which teams will surprise? Which teams will disappoint? Which youngsters will, to use overused words, “break out” in 2017? Alex Reyes is almost certainly going to be a star for the..." January 05

  • Los Angeles Angels: The bromance of Mike Scioscia and Billy Eppler

    Fox Sports "The Los Angeles Angels are looking to compete in the upcoming season. The team is on the same page heading into Spring Training. The Los Angeles Angels are turning things around in the AL West. They’re doing so by upgrading key areas of the infield and outfield with solid defensive players...." January 05

  • Could WBC rule open door for more aces?

    MLB.com "A long-anticipated World Baseball Classic rule change is official: WBC organizers have created a 10-member "designated pitcher pool," from which national teams may add up to two pitchers following each round of the tournament, a source confirmed to MLB.com. Already, Team USA officials are..." January 05

  • Could California law allow Mike Trout to become a free agent?

    CBS Sports "By any objective measure, Angels center fielder Mike Trout is the best baseball player on the planet right now. He just won his second AL MVP award and could have five. As it stands, he has two MVPs and three second-place finishes. And he just turned 25 in August. Trout signed a six-year..." January 05

  • In strange market, after Encarnacion, dozen sluggers remain

    Fanrag Sports "If not for the A’s’ surprise late involvement in the Edwin Encarnacion sweepstakes, people close to the situation say the Encarnacion derby might well have dragged into January, meaning the best of a bevy of good-to-excellent sluggers would still be on the market as we hit the new year, with..." December 29

  • Will Vladimir Guerrero make it in to the Hall of Fame? The case for and against him

    CBS Sports "Leading up on the announcement of the Baseball Hall of Fame class of 2017 on Jan. 18, we're examining each of the 34 candidates on this year's BBWAA ballot. By way of reminder, a candidate must be named on at least 75 percent of submitted BBWAA ballots in order to be elected into the Hall of..." December 28

  • If Rob Manfred wants to speed pace of play in MLB games, here's one possible solution

    CBS Sports "As MLB rightfully looks into ways to speed up the pace of play, there's one thing I never see mentioned that I believe specifically is a problem: Excessive player visits to the mound, mostly by the catcher. I started to really think about this during Game 1 of the NLCS, notably during the Cubs'..." December 28

  • Angels agree with outfielder Ben Revere on one-year deal

    Orange County Register "Just days before Christmas, Angels general manager Billy Eppler crossed the last item off his shopping list. The Angels on Friday signed Ben Revere to a one-year, $4 million deal to be their fourth outfielder, filling out the last glaring hole in their roster. The Angels had been seeking an..." December 23

  • Arenado, Arrieta among top 15 contract extension candidates for 2017

    CBS Sports "The new year is right around the corner, and once the calendar flips over to 2017, baseball will enter extension season. January is when teams start to get serious about signing their arbitration-eligible players, and, inevitably, several of those players wind up signing long-term..." December 22

  • Joe Buck eyeing the end of his baseball broadcasting after Fox commitment expires

    Awful Announcing "Fans who don’t think Joe Buck does a good job calling baseball games on Fox and would prefer to see him replaced might get their wish sooner than they realize. During a long Q&A with 590 The Fan’s Tim McKiernan at The Improv Shop in St. Louis Tuesday night, Buck was asked about remarks he made..." December 17

  • MLB Hall of Famer Rod Carew to undergo heart transplant surgery

    Sportsnaut "Former Major League Baseball player Rod Carew will be in for the battle of his life. The Hall of Famer is scheduled to undergo heart transplant surgery on Thursday after suffering a major heart attack last year. The interesting dynamic here is that Carew was placed on the heart transplant list..." December 15

  • Angels pitcher Huston Street: Rookie dress-up is a healthy team-building ritual

    New York Daily News "First off it is literally impossible to answer this question without someone getting offended, but I am going to try and take an objective approach. I am not arguing for bullying because that’s not what this is. I’m not arguing for purposely offensive behavior because that’s not even close to..." December 15

  • Only one MLB owner voted against the new CBA

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball announced Wednesday that the new collective bargaining agreement was officially ratified on Tuesday night, meaning there's no threat of a work stoppage in baseball for the next five years. An interesting tidbit? The owners vote was 29-1. One team was not in favor of the..." December 14

  • The best trade partners for rebuilding White Sox's top players

    CBS Sports "At the Winter Meetings last week, the White Sox finally took the plunge and decided to become sellers. GM Rick Hahn was given the green light to trade veterans for prospects, so he traded Chris Sale and Adam Eaton in separate deals that landed the ChiSox their Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, and 10 prospects,..." December 14

  • Owners ratify new Collective Bargaining Agreement 29-1

    Hardball Talk "The Associated Press is reporting that baseball owners have ratified the new Collective Bargaining Agreement by a 29-1 vote, conducted over telephone. No official announcement of the vote has been made and no public confirmation of the breakdown of the vote should be expected, but the AP’s..." December 14

  • Brewers To Acquire Jett Bandy From Angels For Martin Maldonado, Pitching Prospect

    MLB Trade Rumors "3:07pm: Righty Drew Gagnon is the other piece of the deal, Hudson Belinsky of Baseball America tweets. The 26-year-old spent most of 2016 at the Triple-A level with Milwaukee, converting mostly relief work after spending most of his prior professional career as a starter. He worked to a 5.56 ERA..." December 13

  • 2017 Competitive Balance Draft Pick Order

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has set the order of the competitive balance component of the 2017 draft, per MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo. That establishes a new overall draft order, though remaining outcomes on players who declined qualifying offers will serve to modify the final slate. As Mayo explains,..." December 13

  • MLB's new anti-hazing policy bans dressing players as women

    CBS Sports "An overlooked aspect of the new collective bargaining agreement was the formation of an anti-hazing and anti-bullying policy. For the most part, nobody knew what that policy entailed. Now, thanks to an Associated Press report on Monday night, we have a better idea: The policy, obtained by..." December 13

  • Danny Espinosa gets traded to Angels after skipping Nationals Winterfest

    Washington Post "The Nationals traded frustrated infielder Danny Espinosa to the Angels for two minor-league pitchers Saturday night. The move came after the Nationals acquired outfielder Adam Eaton on Wednesday, a deal that shifted Trea Turner from center field to shortstop and would have relegated Espinosa,..." December 11

  • Angry Danny Espinosa skips Nationals Winterfest after club trades for Adam Eaton

    Washington Post "Nationals infielder Danny Espinosa, unhappy after the team acquired Adam Eaton on Wednesday, decided to skip the club’s annual Winterfest at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center this weekend. According to a person familiar with the situation, Espinosa believes the trade for Eaton will likely..." December 11

  • Angels still looking to fill holes as winter meetings end

    Orange County Register "Billy Eppler left the winter meetings Thursday morning without a new second baseman, which is no doubt disappointing to many fans but irrelevant to the Angels. While the winter meetings provide a media-fueled atmosphere of anticipation, to the Angels general manager the meetings simply..." December 09

  • Angels Asked Cardinals About Kolten Wong

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Angels asked the Cardinals about second baseman Kolten Wong this week, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation tweets. The Cardinals, though, greatly prefer to keep Wong, as MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch explained earlier this week. They see Wong’s defensive ability as a plus, manager Mike Matheny..." December 08

  • MLB smashed revenue record, close to $10 billion in 2016

    Sportsnaut "The 2016 calendar year has been successful for Major League Baseball. In fact, 2016 has already been the most successful financial year MLB has ever seen. “Major League Baseball continues to grow at a phenomenal rate around its business,” Maury Brown of Forbes reported. “As the calendar year..." December 05

  • Angels emerging as possibility for Chase Utley

    Fanrag Sports "The Los Angeles Angles are emerging as a possible destination for free agent second baseman Chase Utley, sources tell FanRag Sports. The Angels make sense as a potential fit for Utley since he’s had success nearby with the Los Angeles Dodgers, went to UCLA and grew up in Long Beach. Last season..." December 05

  • Angels check in on Justin Turner

    ESPN "Could the Los Angeles Angels make a play for free-agent third baseman Justin Turner? The Halos have at least checked in on Turner, but a deal appears to be a major long shot, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports. The Angels aren't expected to be big spenders this offseason, but it's worth..." December 05

  • Pitcher/slugger Shohei Otani weighing MLB move for 2018

    ESPN "Japanese pitcher Shohei Otani says he could move to Major League Baseball after the 2017 season. The 22-year-old right-hander, who has also shown potential as a hitter, signed a $2.37 million contract for next season with the Nippon Ham Fighters on Monday. Otani will not become eligible for..." December 05

  • Under Armour to become MLB’s official uniform provider in 2020

    Hardball Talk "This is interesting. Majestic Athletic has been baseball’s official uniform provider for decades, with its relationship with Major League Baseball dating back to the early 80s when it started providing batting practice jerseys. But that’s going to end after three more season. As CNBC’s Jessica..." December 05

  • Bud Selig elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Bud Selig, who evolved from a young, avid fan to founding owner of the Milwaukee Brewers to consensus-building commissioner during a life devoted to baseball, reached the pinnacle of the game Sunday evening. Selig was elected for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., by..." December 04

  • Angels' Albert Pujols has foot surgery, expected to be out four months

    Los Angeles Times "Angels designated hitter Albert Pujols underwent surgery on his right plantar fascia Friday, after a conservative approach to his painful injury failed to produce positive results. The tense ligament bothered him for much of the year, but particularly after August, when he wore orthotics that..." December 03

  • Royals trade right-hander Brooks Pounders to Angels for pitcher Jared Ruxer

    Kansas City Star "The Royals cleared space on their 40-man roster on Thursday, sending right-hander Brooks Pounders to the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for minor league pitcher Jared Ruxer. The trade came on the eve of Friday’s deadline to tender contracts for arbitration-eligible players. It also offers..." December 02

  • Why the new CBA will keep Japanese phenom Shohei Otani from coming to MLB

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement. The new CBA -- which still has to be ratified by both sides -- will introduce some wrinkles to the international free-agent signing system. As it turns out, those..." December 01

  • MLB bans smokeless chewing tobacco for new players in new CBA

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday night, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement-- one that will cover the next five years. One of the most interesting aspects of the new CBA is the decision to ban chewing tobacco. Here are the details,..." December 01