Why it Doesn’t Make Sense to Trade Mike Trout Right Now

There are always calls for big changes and drastic moves after a ninety-loss season, especially for a big market team with designs to win every year like the Angels. Coming off a season like that, there will always be calls to tank, especially when you have a farm system as bad as the Angels have. Teams like the Cubs and Astros are contending on the backs of players acquired thanks...
Via Halo Headquarters
14 hours ago

Angels Rank 56th in ESPN’s Ultimate Franchise Standings.

ESPN released it’s annual Ultimate Standings today, ranking all 122 franchises in the four major pro sports using factors such as ownership, coaching, affordability, stadium experience, and players, among others, with the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning taking the top spot (the NHL was impressively represented, holding four of the top ten spots.) Our Angels ranked 56th, mostly on the...
Via Halo Headquarters
16 hours ago

Angels News: Bye Bye Johnny Giavotella?

It was news that shocked thousands of Angels fans as Johnny Giavotella was sent down to the Angels AAA affiliate for most of the 2016 season. He was a fan favorite, and was the underdog that everyone cheered for. Last year Giavotella’s effort and heart just was not good enough for the team perhaps. He hit .260 with 6 HR’s, 31 RBI’s, in 99 games with the team. On the base baths...
Via Halo Headquarters
19 hours ago

Offseason Outlook: Los Angeles Angels

MLBTR is publishing Offseason Outlooks for all 30 teams.  Click here for the other entries in this series. After a season that was destroyed by injuries, the Angels will attempt to assemble a healthier, more competitive team for 2017. Guaranteed Contracts Albert Pujols, 1B: $140MM through 2021 Mike Trout, OF: $119MM through 2020 Andrelton Simmons, SS: $47MM through 2020 Ricky Nolasco...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
3 days ago

Arizona Fall League Angels Prospect Update 10/19

The Arizona Fall League is in full swing and 7 Angels prospects are trying to prove their worth While most of the world watches the MLB playoffs, prospects from around the league are showing off their stuff in the Arizona Fall League which started last week and runs through mid November. The Angels prospects play on the Scottsdale Scorpions whose roster also includes prospects from...
Via Halos Heaven
3 days ago

Mike Trout is already worth his contract extension

It’s possible that this is the greatest deal the Angels have ever made. He’s easily the best player in the world, and it’s not even close. While so-called “analysts” and “experts” try to proclaim someone else as the next king every so often, Mike Trout has been doing his own thing. But we had always known he was going to be good from the very beginning, prompting...
Via Halos Heaven
3 days ago

Will the Angels upgrade at third?

Or will left field, second base and the pitching staff continue to top their to-do list? It took Billy Eppler merely a month as Angels' GM to drastically change the shape and scope of the team's roster, acquiring shortstop extraordinaire Andrelton Simmons. At the time, the move was seen as a curious one, as many expected him to cash in his best trade chips to fulfill a position...
Via Halos Heaven
5 days ago

Angels' Garrett Richards sees progress in healing elbow

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Garrett Richards is expected to be ready for spring training after the Los Angeles Angels right-hander completed his instructional league work with no problems in his right elbow. Richards had a platelet-rich plasma injection on Friday, the Angels announced. Richards also was examined by Dr. Steve Yoon, who saw continued healing in the pitcher's partially...
Via Associated Press
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels' Richards receives plasma injection for elbow

Angels ace Garrett Richards may be able to avoid Tommy John surgery on his elbow. The Angels pitcher received a plasma injection on Friday, according to the OC Register. The plasma injection is supposed to be the final step in Richards being cleared for spring training next season. Richards posted a 2.34 ERA in six starts this season, but he did not pitch after May 1 because of...
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels' Calhoun needs core muscle surgery; ready for spring

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Los Angeles Angels outfielder Kole Calhoun is having surgery on a bilateral core muscle injury. The Angels announced Dr. William Myers is performing the surgery Tuesday in Philadelphia. Calhoun will need at least six weeks of recovery time, but he is expected to head into spring training with no limitations. Calhoun batted .271 with 18 homers and 75 RBIs...
Via Associated Press
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Analyzing Eppler’s past to predict his future

There isn’t a ton we can gather from Eppler’s time as the Angels’ General Manager, but with just over a year worth of data, we can start to put together patterns which could be applied in principle to this year’s free agent class in an effort to illuminate where the Angels might go.  First, let’s start with what Eppler has done so far. Signings OF Todd Cunningham, C Geo...
Via Monkey with a Halo
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels' Shoemaker shows willingness to wear protective headwear for pitchers

Baseball isn’t supposed to be a life-or-death situation, yet that is exactly what it turned in to for Los Angeles Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker on Sept. 4, 2016. A line drive hit struck the pitcher in the head and in the exact right spot to cause his surgeon to tell him it was live-or-die based on what he found. With a hematoma and a fractured skull, certainly things weren...
Via The Comeback
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Trout's Angels face messy future after dismal season

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Albert Pujols and Mike Trout just completed their fifth season together in the heart of the Los Angeles Angels' lineup. They still haven't won a playoff game, and postseason success has never seemed farther away after the Angels' worst season since 1999. Trout insisted the distance isn't as great as it appears after Los Angeles needed a September surge just...
Via Associated Press
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Final: Angels’ Skaggs looks good in 3-0 loss to Houston

ANAHEIM – Tyler Skaggs wanted one more big league outing before the winter just to take some peace of mind into the offseason, and he got it. Skaggs, who was on a limit of about 50 pitches, needed 45 to get five outs before his night game to an...
Via The OC Register
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Jered Weaver disappointed with the way his Angels season ends

ANAHEIM – As a pitcher who took pride in his ability to take the ball, Jered Weaver was particularly disappointed in the way his season – and possibly his Angels career – has come to an end. The day before he was scheduled to start the Angels...
Via The OC Register
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Scioscia backtracks on previous comments, endorses Trout for MVP despite record

Mike Scioscia is backing superstar Mike Trout as AL MVP. That might not seem noteworthy, but the comments reverse the Los Angeles Angels managers previous thoughts on qualifications for the award. Back in August, Scioscia said “there needs to be value on how you’ve affected a team’s performance.” Interesting comments considering Scioscia has the American League’s best player...
Via The Outside Corner
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Final: Daniel Wright pitches his best game as Angels defeat Astros

ANAHEIM – Daniel Wright saved his best for last. Wright, who came to the Angels in a waiver claim earlier this month, got better in each of his last two starts. On Friday night, he gave up just one run in six innings in the Angels’ 7-1 victory...
Via The OC Register
21 days ago  |  Discuss

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