Tag:Juan Rivera
Posted on: January 22, 2011 12:01 am
Edited on: January 22, 2011 9:47 am

Guerrero bound for Baltimore?

Vladimir Guerrero Could Vladimir Guerrero be close to joining the Orioles?

That's what former Reds and Nationals general manager Jim Bowden tweets . Bowden, now working for Sirius XM, says Guerrero is "getting close to accepting humbling deal w O's."

The Baltimore Sun 's Dan Connolly is all for it , writing the Orioles are now in a position to go get Guerrero for $5-$6 million, as the music has come close to stopping on the designate hitter version of musical chairs.

The Rays reportedly landed two DHs on Friday, Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon, while the Jays added offense in Juan Rivera and Mike Napoli.

The likely suitors appear to be down to the Angels, Rangers and Orioles. The Rangers didn't pick up his option, while the Angles didn't re-sign him after 2009.

Connolly notes the Orioles could move Luke Scott to left field, which would make Felix Pie the fourth outfielder and send Nolan Reimold to Triple-A, something the team could consider anyway.

UPDATE: That's why there was a question mark on the headline (I'm never quite sure what to do with reports from Leatherpants) -- the Orioles' Andy MacPhail denied the Bowden report in an e-mail to MASN.com's Steve Melewski . "Report is not accurate," MacPhail said in the e-mail. Of course, it could just be a differing of opinion on what constitutes "close" or it could be that the Orioles haven't talked to Guerrero.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 25, 2010 11:49 pm
Edited on: August 26, 2010 12:00 am

Angels continue to refuse Napoli playing time

Mike Napoli Poor Mike Napoli.

Napoli is one of the better hitters in the game, working on a .251/.320/.483 mark, bashing his 21st home run on Wednesday. Going 2 for 4 with six RBI, Napoli clearly is one of the Angels' better hitters, as he has been the last few years with a career OPS of .835.

However, the catcher can't get no respect. He's been playing behind Jeff Mathis for years. While Mathis is a strong defensive catcher, he can't do much with the stick. That's why, when Kendry Morales went down with a freak injury earlier in the year, it was thought Napoli might finally get his chance at first.

While he's received significant time at first, he hasn't exactly been the full-time starter, and prior to Wednesday's outburst, manager Mike Scioscia revealed that Napoli would split time at first with Juan Rivera, reports the Los Angeles Times .

Why? Because Rivera has been a more consistent hitter lately, Scioscia contends.

Here is the month-by-month totals for both hitters, Napoli first. This is through games of Tuesday, so Napoli's outburst on Wednesday hasn't made it, which would completely change the complexion of his August totals:

April: .167/.300/.214 in 50 PA
May: .322/.385/.713 in 96 PA
June: .228/.295/.426 in 112 PA
July: .250/.287/.463 in 87 PA
August: .224/.304/.367 in 56 PA

No, not exactly consistent, but he shows that despite a lack of contact he still has a strong eye and power, something lacking in the Angels these days.

And Rivera:

April: .247/.299/.420 in 87 PA
May: .209/.292/.390 in 89 PA
June: .263/.317/.461 in 82 PA
July: .319/.338/.449 in 71 PA
August: .256/.304/.326 in 46 PA

"Consistent" isn't what comes to mind when looking at Rivera's numbers. "Bad," maybe. "Lacking upside, like Napoli," perhaps.

In addition, Rivera has exactly three games of experience at first, one coming in 2008. Napoli has proven so far to be an average fielder, and Rivera may be much the same, but it's not as if Rivera is a gifted defensive outfielder who can be expected to make the transition seamlessly.

However, given Rivera is due $5.25 million in 2011, he'll get the playing time. Napoli has two more years of arbitration ahead of him, but here's hoping Los Angeles cuts the cord and sends him somewhere where he plays. Napoli's stick is extremely valuable behind the dish, but if he sticks to just first and DH, can still be a valuable player to a team.

It's too bad the Angels can't seem to realize that.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 17, 2010 1:27 am
Edited on: August 17, 2010 1:29 am

Year has not been kind to Angels' bats

Torii Hunter
The Orange County Register points out that Wednesday is the one-year anniversary of a historic feat, and provides a reminder of how much things have changed for the Angels.

After a 5-4 victory over the Indians last August 18, all nine batters in the Angels lineup had a batting average of .300 or better (you can see the box score here ). It was the first time a team had been in that situation since the 1934 Tigers.

A year later, not one of those nine players is batting .300. Here's the lineup, with last year's August 18 average and their current average:

Chone Figgins (now with Seattle) .308/.251
Bobby Abreu .310/.266
Juan Rivera .310/.257
Vladimir Guerrero (now with Texas) .313/.297
Kendry Morales .303/.290
Torii Hunter (pictured) .307/.290
Maicer Izturis .300/.249
Mike Napoli .300/.254
Erick Aybar .313/.271

Explains a lot about how the Angels were 5 1/5 games up in the American League West then and 8 1/2 back now.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: August 6, 2010 10:58 am
Edited on: August 6, 2010 11:22 am

Scioscia says Angels misjudged talent

Mike Scioscia
A sweep at the hands of the lowly Orioles has put the final nail in the coffin of the Angels, and manager Mike Scioscia admitted Thursday that while many players didn't play up to expectations, the expectations themselves were flawed.

"There's no doubt our evaluations were off. No doubt," Scioscia told the Orange County Register. "Certainly as we evaluated guys and projected what their contributions would be, it's obvious that the evaluations haven't panned out on a couple of guys."

Los Angeles is 10 games back in the American League West, 14 back in the wild-card race and below .500 in August for the first time since 2003. Less than two weeks ago the Angels traded for Dan Haren, thinking they were still contenders, but now it's over.

Scioscia pointed to outfielder Juan Rivera as an example of someone whose contribution hasn't matched the Angels' projections. Rivera had 88 RBI and 25 homers last season, but with two-thirds of this season in the books he's at 40 RBI and 12 homers.

A certain number of unexplained dropoffs are part of the game for every team. You don't expect Scott Kazmir's ERA to jump two points, or for Brandon Wood to actually regress and bat .168. On the other hand, the Angels shouldn't be surprised, if in fact they are, by declines from 37-year-old sluggers Bobby Abreu (56 RBI) and Hideki Matsui (.249 average and a big drop in homers).

Scioscia thinks the Angels would have been in it if more players had simply achieved averageness.

"You're talking about [expecting] routine years," he said. "We're not even talking about exceptional seasons."

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 28, 2010 10:56 pm

Should Angels look to sell?

Angels general manager Tony Reagins met with manager Mike Scioscia and the team's coaching staff for 45 minutes following the team's 7-3 loss to the Red Sox. It's probable they didn't spend that time lamenting Derrek Lee's decision not to go west.

According to the Orange County Register's Bill Plunkett, neither Reagins nor Scioscia would publicly say the team is giving up on 2010.

"I don't like labels," Reagins told Plunkett. "What I would say is we're going to look to improve. If we can, we will."

Said Scioscia, "There's nobody who feels were'' out of this."

Or perhaps, there's nobody who will say it. The team lost starter Joel Pineiro for six to eight weeks with an oblique injury. Pineiro is 10-7 with a  4.18 ERA in 20 starts this season.

With Wednesday's loss, the Angels dropped to 52-52, nine games behind the Rangers in the American League West. The Angels are now 12 games back in the wild card, behind six teams.

After making some of the most aggressive moves in the post-Cliff Lee trade market by acquiring Dan Haren and Alberto Callaspo.

The Angels gave up former pinch-starter Sean O'Sullivan in the trade with Kansas City. In the Haren deal, the team gave up lefty Joe Saunders and Triple-A right-hander Rafael Rodriguez. Los Angels also gave up three Class A pitchers between the two moves. That's a lot of arms that the team could hope to replenish with some other moves.

The team could move third baseman Brandon Wood, who is being labeled as a disappointment and a "former" prospect, after hitting .168/.185/.225 in 57 games for the Angels this season. Wood is 25 and once ranked the third-best prospect in baseball by Baseball America.

Veterans Brian Fuentes, Juan Rivera and Mike Napoli could also be moved to bolster the minor league system.

The Angels have lost four in a row and seven of their last eight.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 19, 2010 1:42 am

Lee continues to impress

Cliff Lee Cliff Lee did nothing to hurt his trade value on Friday night. Lee shutout the National League's top offense and the Mariners were able to scratch out a single run against Cincinnati starter Johnny Cueto to win 1-0.

Lee was dominant again, striking out seven, walking none while allowing six hits in his third complete game of the season.

Lee improved to 5-3 with a 2.55 ERA, but even more impressive he has 67 strikeouts to four walks. Four.

For the record, Nick Punto, Howie Kendrick, Juan Rivera and Evan Longoria are the select four who have seen four balls in an at-bat from Lee.

Lee is a free agent after this season and the Mariners are currently 26-41 and 13 games out of first in the American League West and 15 games out of the wild card, so it's likely he'll play for his fourth team in the last two seasons sometime before the end of July.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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