Mississippi News "It is a sad day for the Madison Central community. Local law enforcement has confirmed that 2010 MLB first round pick Ryan Bolden was shot and killed late Wednesday night. He was 23 years old. According to FOX 5 in Atlanta (http://bit.ly/1wIDxJ3), Bolden was the victim of an incident at..." December 18
New York Post "The Yankees have not said they are done adding pieces to a revamped bullpen, but it doesn’t appear veteran reliever Jason Grilli will be joining the cast. “We talked to Cash [Brian Cashman], and he said ‘not at the moment,’ ’’ said his agent, the former slugger Gary Sheffield, when asked if the..." December 18
Sporting News "President Barack Obama's desire to restore relations with Cuba could have a significant impact on Major League Baseball. Obama said Wednesday he wants the U.S. to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba because isolating the communist Caribbean country has not worked. "Neither the American..." December 17
Fox Sports "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..." December 17
#Angels still trying to bring back IF Gordon Beckham, but negotiations in a holding pattern. Presumably Beckham trying to find everyday job.
Tampa Tribune "The Tampa Bay Rays today traded outfielder Matt Joyce to the Los Angeles Angels for relief pitcher Kevin Jepsen. Jespen, 30, had a 2.63 ERA for the Angels in 2014 in 74 appearances, 65 of which were scoreless. Joyce, 30, a Tampa Bay area native, hit .254 with nine home runs and 52 RBI in 140..." December 16
Multiple teams remain in play on Jason Grilli, who does not appear close to a deal at this time.
ESPN Los Angeles "The Los Angeles Angels don't expect starting pitcher Garrett Richards to be ready for the start of the 2015 season, manager Mike Scioscia said Wednesday. Richards had surgery after tearing a tendon in his left knee while covering first base in a game at Boston on Aug. 20. He was 13-4 with a..." December 11
SB Nation "Beyond that, however... Mike Trout is good at baseball. You might even say he's really good at baseball! Everybody in the game knows this, including the Angels and their general manager Jerry Dipoto. He's a reasonable man, though: he'll listen to trade offers for his generational talent." December 11
Hardball Talk "Less than an hour ago we learned that the Angels had traded Howie Kendrick to the Dodgers. So, who plays second base for the Angels? Well, here’s a possibility. Rutledge turns 26 in April. While he has shown some flashes in short bursts — and while he really rocketed through the Rockies system..." December 11
Hardball Talk "According to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register, the Angels have interest in acquiring Rockies infielder Josh Rutledge. Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post confirms the report and adds that the Rockies are likely looking for pitching in return. Rutledge turns 25 in April and batted..." December 10
Forbes.com "With 2014 soon coming to a close, Bud Selig and Major League Baseball can look back and say, “It was a very good year.” The league will see approx. $9 billion in gross revenues for the 2014 calendar year, a new record. Adjustments are still be calculated that could push the league slightly over..." December 10
Hardball Talk "Not only aren’t the Angels counting on right-hander Garrett Richards to be recovered enough from knee surgery for Opening Day, manager Mike Scioscia told reporters that they expect him to miss the first 4-6 weeks of the season. Richards tore the patellar tendon in his left knee while covering..." December 10
Los Angeles Times "Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto moved to quash speculation that he is trying to trade pitcher C.J. Wilson, labeling as “false” any rumors that he is “shopping” the struggling left-hander. “We have not picked up the phone and offered C.J. Wilson around to the league, at a reduced cost or any..." December 09
CBSSports.com "Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson is available in trade, rival GMs say, causing some to wonder whether they might be trying to set things up for a big run at a bigger pitcher, either via free agency (Max Scherzer, James Shields) or trade. The Angels have a fine team -- their 99 regular-season wins..." December 07
Los Angeles Times "Angels pitcher Garrett Richards has been cleared by doctors to resume throwing on Monday, and the right-hander, who underwent season-ending surgery to repair a torn patellar tendon in his left knee in August, appears on track to be ready for the 2015 season opener, according to his agent, Fred..." December 06
#Angels have signed LHP Adam Wilk and LHP Edgar Ibarra to minor league contracts. AAA depth.
#Angels non-tendered three players: Gordon Beckham, Yoslan Herrera and Wade LeBlanc.
Los Angeles Times "The Angels are expected to tender David Freese a 2015 contract before Tuesday’s 9 p.m. PST deadline, a move that would put the veteran third baseman in line for a salary of about $6.3 million in arbitration next season. The team is not expected to make a similar tender offer to Gordon Beckham,..." December 02
Hardball Talk "Speedy outfielder Daniel Robertson, who made his debut for Texas this season at age 28, has been traded from the Rangers to the Angels for a player to be named later or cash consideration." November 22
CBSSports.com "The Angels aren't necessarily looking to trade Howie Kendrick or David Freese, but they are getting calls on both of them, and if they can acquire the right pitcher for either, they'd still consider it. The Yankees and Blue Jays are among teams that have called about Kendrick, who is believed..." November 14
#Angels like Yoan Moncada, but hear he's "probably" out of their price range. At reported $30 to $40M signing bonus, I'd say definitely.
CBSSports.com "After finishing second to Miguel Cabrera in both the 2012 and 2013 voting, Angels outfielder Mike Trout was named the 2014 AL Most Valuable Player on Thursday night, the BBWAA announced. He received all 30 first place votes. Ironically, Trout had his worst full season as a big leaguer in 2014,..." November 14
New York Post "Rest in peace, Awkward Manager Ambling From The Dugout to the Field So a Team Can Decide Whether To Challenge a Call. You won’t be missed. Phase Two of Major League Baseball’s extended instant-replay rollout hasn’t yet been finalized, MLB executive vice president of baseball operations Joe..." November 13
#Angels remain open to trading Kendrick for player or pitcher under comparable or longer control. Kendrick eligible for FA at end of season.
#Angels GM Jerry Dipoto said no talks "yet" on extension with Huston Street. Talk would come after new year. FA after '15.
#Angels announce they have agreed to a one-year contract with RHP Vinnie Pestano, avoiding arbitration.
Hardball Talk "Last week Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reported that the Angels were likely to shop second baseman Howie Kendrick and now Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet Canada writes that the Blue Jays “have placed multiple calls on his availability this year.” Kendrick hit .293 with seven homers and a..." November 06
Hardball Talk "Once upon a time Hank Conger was viewed as the Angels’ long-term answer behind the plate, but the 2006 first-round draft pick never emerged as more than a backup for manager Mike Scioscia and now they’ve traded him to the Astros. Chris Iannetta‘s presence as a full-time catcher allows the..." November 05
Sporting News "Major League Baseball's Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners for 2014 were announced Tuesday night. Voting was done by MLB managers and coaches before the end of the regular season. Three American League squad was dominated by the Royals and Orioles, who met in the ALCS. Kansas City placed Alex..." November 05
MLB.com "The Angels have made a big splash on the international market, agreeing to an $8 million signing bonus with Cuban middle infielder Roberto Baldoquin, the player told MLB.com. The deal is pending a physical. The club has not confirmed the agreement. “This is a dream come true,” Baldoquin said..." November 04
Fox Sports "Expect a different look in the Angels' infield next season. The team is likely to trade either second baseman Howie Kendrick or third baseman David Freese to address other needs, according to major-league sources. The Angels would like to add another starting pitcher for depth and protection..." November 01
MLB Trade Rumors "The Angels have announced a series of transactions (Twitter links). As expected, the team exercised its $7MM option over closer Huston Street while declining a $4.5MM option over reliever Sean Burnett. The Halos also returned Rule 5 lefty Brian Moran to the Mariners after he cleared..." October 30
Hardball Talk "The Brewers announced this evening that they claimed infielder Luis Jimenez off waivers from the Angels. Jimenez appeared in 18 games with the Angels this season and batted just .162 (6-for-37) with two doubles and a 13/0 K/BB ratio. However, the 26-year-old owns a healthy .299/.335/.509..." October 28
Giancarlo Stanton (NL) & Mike Trout (AL) win Hank Aaron Award, given to top offensive players in each league.
Los Angeles Times "On the day after the NHL suspended Kings defenseman Slaya Voynov after his arrest for alleged domestic violence, the incoming commissioner of Major League Baseball said his league hopes to have a policy in place to cover such incidents next year. Rob Manfred, who replaces the retiring Bud Selig..." October 23
Dallas Morning News "So long as he plays the game and/or opens his mouth, what Josh Hamilton does or says will always hold some kind of interest for Rangers fans. Rangers fans emotionally invested in Hamilton’s comeback from real-life demons after the team acquired him, mostly, yes, because he was a prodigious..." October 10
New York Post "We begin with this disclaimer: Millions and millions of kids play baseball and just 750 evolve to be good enough at any one time to play in the majors. Of that 750, perhaps one-tenth, 75, are unique talents. This is why I am a players’ guy. Many try yet few succeed at reaching the highest..." October 09
Royals Review "The Kansas City Royals rolled to an 8-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday night, completing a three-game sweep over Los Angeles in the ALDS and securing a spot in the ALCS against the Baltimore Orioles. The Angels jumped on the scoreboard first. With one out in the first, Mike Trout..." October 06
Hardball Talk "Awful news from Anaheim where, after Game 2 of the ALDS on Friday, a fan was severely beaten in the parking lot: The 43-year-old Huntington Beach man and his relative were walking to a car after the Angels’ playoff game against the Kansas City Royals Friday night when they were attacked for..." October 06
Orange County Register "Josh Hamilton, who is hitless in nine postseason at-bats after missing almost the entire month of September with injuries, is going to get another shot. Manager Mike Scioscia said Hamilton will be in the lineup for Game 3 of the division series against the Kansas City Royals on Sunday..." October 05
Fox Sports "With three extra-inning wins in four remarkable days, the long-downtrodden Kansas City Royals have climbed from the depths of a 29-year playoff absence to the brink of the AL Championship Series. Eric Hosmer hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning, and the Royals took a 2-0 lead in the AL..." October 04
Hardball Talk "Making his first appearance since Sept. 16 — and just his second since Sept. 4 — Josh Hamilton, returning from shoulder, chest and rib cage injuries, went 0-for-5 in Thursday’s 3-2 loss to the Royals, four times getting retired by left-handed pitchers. He popped up to third base to end the game in..." October 03
Fox Sports "Mike Moustakas even set foot in the Midwest, he was labeled a star. The Chatsworth, Calif., native who played at UCLA, was deemed the savior of an organization in desperate need of saving. But then he was deemed a bust. During his first four major-league seasons, he produced a steady declining..." October 03
New York Post "While Derek Jeter seems intent on becoming a publishing mogul, Mike Trout is in prime position to replace the retired shortstop as the face of October baseball. Trout will play his first postseason game when the Angels open the ALDS at Angel Stadium on Thursday against the Royals. The..." October 02