Tag:Angels
Posted on: December 15, 2011 6:37 pm
 

Dodgers to have promotion for Angels manager

By Matt Snyder

The Dodgers are going to be handing out bobbleheads of the opposing manager -- in Dodgers garb -- on June 12. The Angels will be in Dodgers stadium for their annual interleague series there, and the Dodgers giveaway is a bobblehead doll of former catcher/Angels current manager Mike Scioscia. Obviously there's nothing wrong with honoring a Dodgers great, it's just really rare that it is happening when he's guiding the enemy on that particular day.

(And, yes, it's a slow news day. You don't have to ask in the comments section, I'll confirm it here.)

Scioscia, 53, was a two-time All-Star in his 13-year Dodgers career. He never played for another big-league club and is the franchise's all-time leader in games behind the plate (1,394). He was the starting catcher for the 1981 and 1988 World Series championship teams as well.

The Scioscia bobblehead is part of a promotion called the Dodger Stadium Greats Bobblehead Series. It includes bobbleheads "of the most unforgettable Dodgers in Dodger Stadium history." The others: Maury Wills, Don Drysdale, Orel Hershisher, Steve Garvey, Davey Lopes, Bill Russell, Ron Cey, Tommy Lasorda, Walter Alston, Fernando Valenzuela and Sandy Koufax.

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Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:02 pm
Edited on: December 12, 2011 4:18 pm
 

Pujols' wife defends husband on St. Louis radio

By Matt Snyder

Albert Pujols signed with the Angels last week in a move that shocked the baseball world. We knew that. But his wife, Deidre (or "Dee Dee") says the people don't know the reality of the situation -- which is that the Cardinals' offer didn't come anywhere close to what has been reported, because it was only for five years. From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
“What I’m saying is it wasn’t a guaranteed situation,” she said. “When you have somebody say, ‘We want you to be a Cardinal for life’ and only offer you a five-year deal ... it kind of confused us. ...

“Well, we got over that insult and felt like Albert had given so much of himself to baseball and into the community that he at least deserved the opportunity to have real life-long -- you know, I tell you what -- we didn’t want to go through this again. Free agency, it’s stressful.”
The Post-Dispatch has reported that the Cardinals' initial offer -- what Dee Dee called an "insult" -- was for five years and $130 million. Of course, the Post-Dispatch is also reporting the offer grew to 10 years and $210 through the course of the negotiations -- which was widely reported during the Winter Meetings last week. On the flip-side, they also report that there was a "significant" portion of the deal in deferred, interest-free, money. So while Mrs. Pujols can say this move wasn't about the money, it's pretty evident it was very much about the money (Pujols signed for 10 years, $254 million and none of that is deferred). Not that I'm blaming them one bit, as $44 million is quite a chunk of change to think about turning down.

Deidre also mentioned that she was surprised Cardinals fans turned on Pujols so quickly upon the news of him signing to play elsewhere. I guess she didn't watch The Decision, huh?

In fairness, we must point out that Mrs. Pujols did say, "we still love St. Louis and always will."

Still, it was 20 minutes of justifications on a radio show in an argument she can't win. With Pujols signing, the fans of St. Louis are going to be angry, and nothing she can say will change that. This goes for free agents leaving places for more money in every sport.

The full interview is available on via Joy FM's website.

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Posted on: December 10, 2011 7:25 pm
Edited on: December 10, 2011 7:26 pm
 

Video: Angels welcome Albert Pujols




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Posted on: December 10, 2011 6:50 pm
 

Angels will tender Kendrys Morales

Kendrys MoralesBy C. Trent Rosecrans

You might have heard, but the Angels signed a first baseman. So the question was what they may do with their other first basemen, Mark Trumbo and Kendrys Morales.

While it has been mentioned that Trumbo could be moved to third base or a corner outfield spot (which is still to be seen), the team could non-tender Morales, who will be eligible for arbitration. He made $2.975 million in 2011, but hasn't played since breaking his left leg in 2010. The Angels, however, will tender him a contract, Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said during Saturday's press conference for Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he expected Morales to not only return to the Angels' lineup, but also bat cleanup, presumably as the team's designated hitter.

"The one thing that sets us up really well if Kendrys Morales is coming back; just his presence, being from the left side," Scioscia said (via MLB.com). "Right now, a player like Albert, there's really only one way to protect him. One is get guys on base in front of him, and the other is to have some depth behind him that will take advantage when they walk him, or he gets on base a lot, too. So I think we're going to get guys in front that hopefully are not going to set the table, but be able to run and get in scoring position and do things that you want for the middle of your lineup."

Of course, last spring training there was hope Morales would be able to return early in the season and he never played. I'll wait to see him on the field before I put him in any lineup.

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Posted on: December 10, 2011 4:48 pm
 

Albert Pujols introduced in Anaheim

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Considering Andy Messersmith signed with the Braves less than six months after I was born, it shouldn't be a shock to me to see players change uniforms, but I honestly thought I'd ever see Albert Pujols in anything but a Cardinals uniform.

While last week the news came that he was changing teams, it was still weird to see him at the Angels' pep rally on Saturday wearing a red hat with just one letter, instead of three.

Here are a couple of photos from the Angels' press conference introducing Pujols and C.J. Wilson on Saturday:

Albert Pujols

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Posted on: December 9, 2011 9:58 am
 

Taiwanese animators on Angels' big signings

By C. Trent Rosecrans

The fact that baseball is popular across the world is good not just for the game, but also for bloggers, because it gives us Taiwanese animation of the latest baseball news. And news of the Angels' signing of Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson certainly got the attention of our Asian friends.



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Posted on: December 8, 2011 5:39 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2011 5:46 pm
 

12 players taken in Rule 5 Draft

By C. Trent Rosecrans
MLB Winter Meetings

You may have missed it -- and for good reasons -- but 12 players were taken in the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday, in what usually signals the end of the winter meetings. It was the fewest number of players taken in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 draft since 2005

The Rule 5 Draft allows teams to take eligible players left unprotected on other teams' 40-man roster for $50,000. A player has to stay on a team's active Major League roster for the entire next season or be offered back to the original club for $25,000. Teams can also work out a trade with their old team to keep the player and send him to the minors. There have been some huge names selected in the Rule 5 Draft, including Josh Hamilton, Jose Bautista and Dan Uggla, but more often than not, players don't even make it out of spring training. Chances are one or two of the 12 selected on Thursday will make it on an opening day roster, but it's unlikely any of them will stick, based on previous numbers.

But hey, it happened today and some teams got some guys -- while the Angels added Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson. So, who are the 12? Here we go, listed by their new team and their old team in parentheses:

Astros: RHP Rhiner Cruz (Mets) -- A reliever, Cruz when 5-3 with seven saves and a 3.89 ERA at High-A and Double-A.

Twins: RHP Terry Doyle (White Sox) -- Doyle went 8-10 at High-A and Double-A with a 3.07 ERA in 26 starts, striking out 122 and walking 33 in 173 innings.

Mariners: LHP Lucas Luetge (Brewers) -- In his second year in Double-A, he struck out exactly a batter an inning and finsihed with a 3.13 ERA.

Orioles: 2B Ryan Flaherty (Cubs) -- A former first-rounder, the left-handed hitter hit .305/.384/.523 with 14 homers at Double-A, but then struggled at Triple-A, hitting .237/.277/.399 with five home runs.

Yankees: LHP Cesar Cabral (Red Sox) -- Actually picked by the Royals, but traded to the Yankees for cash, Cabral struck out 70 batters in 55 innings, walking 21. He was 3-4 overall in 36 games in relief with a 2.95 ERA at High-A and Double-A.

Cubs: RHP Lendy Castillo (Phillies) -- A former infielder, Castillo started two of his 21 games at Low-A Lakewood in 2011, going 4-2 with a 2.54 ERA, striking out 46 batters in as many innings.

Pirates: SS Gustavo Nunez (Tigers) -- The switch-hitter hit a combined .276/.333/.386 at High-A and Double-A, but struggled at the higher level.

Braves: LHP Robert Fish (Angels) -- Fish throws 95 mph and struck out 44 batters in 33 1/3 innings in Rookie ball and Double-A. Most of his time was spent at Double-A where he was 1-0 with a 3.26 ERA and two saves.

Cardinals: OF Erik Komatsu (Nationals) -- The Nationals acquired the speedy outfielder in the middle of 2011. He hit a combined .277/.367/.382 with seven home runs and 21 stolen bases between two different Double-A teams. 

Red Sox: SS Marwin Gonzalez (Cubs) -- The switch-hitter hit .288/.343/.400 with 30 doubles between Double-A and Triple-A. 

Diamondbacks: RHP Brett Lorin (Pirates) -- The 24-year-old stands 6-foot-7 and went 7-6 with a 2.84 ERA at High-A Bradenton, striking out 7.6 batters per nine innings.

Yankees: RHP Brad Meyers (Nationals) --  The starter pitched at three different levels in 2011, the majority coming at Triple-A, where he was 6-5 with a 3.48 ERA and struck out 74 in 95 2/3 innings.

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Posted on: December 8, 2011 4:25 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2011 5:43 pm
 

News, notes from final day of Winter Meetings

By Matt Snyder

MLB Winter Meetings
DALLAS -- Other than the two gigantic signings Thursday morning, the activity at the Winter Meetings has slowed to a crawl as everything wraps up. Still, there is never a complete void of buzz, so here are some of the latest news and notes from the media room, courtesy of CBSSports.com senior writers Scott Miller and Danny Knobler.

• The Marlins are going to be in on top remaining free agent Prince Fielder and Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes. One thing to keep in mind, the Marlins were ready to spend almost $100 million on C.J. Wilson, so there's no reason to believe they're done spending -- or at least trying to spend.

• One Nationals person said there's a "95 percent chance" prospect Bryce Harper opens the season with the big-league club.

• The Angels are not trading anyone. They're all in with what they have. They are expecting Kendrys Morales to start the season injured and Mark Trumbo can either play third base or be the designated hitter.

• The Reds are heavily pursuing starting pitching via trade, with their top targets being Jair Jurrjens and a few guys from the Rays' staff. No real progress was made during the meetings, however.

Also of note:

Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports the Rockies have become a serious suitor for free agent outfielder/corner infielder Michael Cuddyer. The Twins have reportedly offered Cuddyer three years and $25 million, but Renck says the Rockies are willing to go three years as well. 

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