Angels Rumors & News

  • Orioles have interesting reason for not pursuing Ohtani

    Larry Brown Sports "The Baltimore Orioles were one of the few teams that did not attempt to sign Japanese star Shohei Ohtani, and their decision apparently had nothing to do with scouting reports. Ohtani, who has the capability to be both a regular pitcher and hitter, was courted by several MLB teams as an..." December 10

  • Shohei Ohtani signing made Angels GM fall out of his chair

    Orange County Register "The Angels practically knocked over the rest of baseball Friday when they stunningly won the race to sign Japanese two-way sensation and rock star-like royalty Shohei Ohtani. Still, that wasn’t even the most dramatic reaction. Because Ohtani’s potentially franchise-altering decision to join..." December 10

  • Angels, Blue Jays showing interest in Pirates' Harrison

    Sportsnet "It’s not every day a reigning MVP gets traded. But when Giancarlo Stanton, fresh off a monster 59 home run season, was flipped to the New York Yankees on Sunday, the notion that players are untouchable was once again laid to rest. The blockbuster deal came at a perfect time with the MLB Winter..." December 10

  • Angels welcome Shohei Ohtani, while only hinting at how the two-way dream will work

    Orange County Register "The dream became a tangible, visible reality when Shohei Ohtani stood outside Angel Stadium at a Saturday afternoon rally, in front of hundreds of fans and television audiences on both sides of the Pacific, and pulled on a red Angels jersey. Now comes the hard part. How, exactly, is the..." December 10

  • Ohtani wants fans to come up with nickname for him

    Yardbarker "Shohei Ohtani has enlisted the help of fans to come up with a nickname as he embarks on the next stage of his baseball career. The Angels made their free agent prize available to the media on Saturday and it didn’t take him long to feel comfortable. During his introductory press conference,..." December 10

  • Cubs used virtual reality experience in pitch to Shohei Ohtani

    The Sports Daily "The Cubs came up short in the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes, but it clearly wasn’t due to lack of effort. Ohtani agreed to sign with the Angels on Friday, much to the dismay of a number of teams — including the Cubs. Chicago did use a unique method in attempting to court Ohtani, though. The..." December 09

  • Report: MLB expected to investigate Shohei Ohtani signing

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball is on heightened alert as to any potential wrongdoing in the courtship of Shohei Ohtani. ESPN’s Buster Olney reported Friday that the Ohtani recruitment has been given “extraordinary scrutiny” by the league office, who recognize that the opportunity is there for potential..." December 08

  • Angels To Sign Shohei Ohtani

    MLB Trade Rumors "Shohei Ohtani has decided to sign with the Angels, agent Nez Balelo of CAA Baseball announced today. Balelo issued the following statement on his client’s decision: “This morning, after a thorough, detailed process, Shohei Ohtani has decided to sign with the Los Angeles Angels. Shohei is..." December 08

  • Mariners, Angels reportedly acquire more bonus money aimed for Ohtani

    Larry Brown Sports "A few MLB teams are gearing up to make themselves as appealing to Shohei Ohtani as possible. Both the Los Angeles Angels and Seattle Mariners made trades with the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night to increase their international signing bonus pool. MLB.com reporter Mark Feinsand reported..." December 07

  • Angels reportedly remain interested in Carlos Santana

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Angels are among the teams interested in free agent Carlos Santana. Santana is one of the big bats on the market. He rejected the Cleveland Indians’ qualifying offer and is available to sign with teams as a free agent. And MLB Network’s Jon Morosi says the Angels remain..." December 06

  • Angels Agree To Terms With Kevin Maitan

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Angels have agreed to a deal with infield prospect Kevin Maitan, reports ESPN’s Buster Olney (via Twitter). The former Braves prospect was declared a free agent by commissioner Rob Manfred following his office’s investigations into Atlanta’s circumvention of rules on the international free..." December 05

  • Angels pitching prospect Nate Smith to miss 2018 season

    Orange County Register "Left-hander Nate Smith, who remains one of the Angels’ top-rated prospects despite missing most of 2017 with injuries, is expected to miss the 2018 season after undergoing shoulder surgery. Smith actually had the anterior capsule surgery in September, but it had gone unreported publicly...." December 04

  • Angels pitching prospect Nate Smith to miss 2018 season

    Orange County Register "Left-hander Nate Smith, who remains one of the Angels’ top-rated prospects despite missing most of 2017 with injuries, is expected to miss the 2018 season after undergoing shoulder surgery. Smith actually had the anterior capsule surgery in September, but it had gone unreported publicly...." December 02

  • Braves trade closer Jim Johnson to Angels

    ESPN "The Los Angeles Angels have acquired veteran closer Jim Johnson from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for minor-league pitcher Justin Kelly, it was announced Thursday. In addition, the Angels received an unspecified amount toward their international pool space. The 34-year-old Johnson..." November 30

  • Angels lose free agent reliever Yusmeiro Petit to A’s

    Orange County Register "The Angels lost arguably their most valuable free agent on Wednesday, when Yusmeiro Petit reportedly agreed to a two-year, $10-million deal with the Oakland A’s. Petit, 33, signed a minor-league deal with the Angels just before spring training, and he delivered a 2.76 ERA over 91-1/3 innings,..." November 30

  • JC Ramirez expected to resume throwing next week

    Orange County Register "JC Ramirez underwent an exam that showed continuing improvement of his damaged ulnar collateral ligament on Monday, leading the Angels to plan for him to resume light throwing next week. “Based on the band of outcomes we could have had, this was one of the more positive,” General Manager..." November 28

  • Angels sign utility infielder Colin Walsh to minor league deal

    Orange County Register "The Angels on Tuesday signed infielder Colin Walsh to a minor-league deal with an invite to big league spring training. Walsh, 28, can play infield and the corner outfield positions, but the Angels view him as a second and third baseman, general manager Billy Eppler said. The Angels are the..." November 28

  • Top offseason trade candidates not named Giancarlo Stanton

    CBS Sports "Barring any surprises -- I think we'd all welcome some surprise hot stove activity -- the two biggest stories of the 2017-18 MLB offseason will be the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes and the Giancarlo Stanton trade market. Ohtani is expected to be posted in the coming days and the 21-day negotiating..." November 28

  • MLB Sets Record For Revenues In 2017, Increasing More Than $500 Million Since 2015

    Forbes.com "Major League Baseball continues to hit home runs on the business side. According to sources at the league, 2017 marks the 15th consecutive year MLB has seen record gross revenues, surpassing the $10 billion mark for the first time. By comparison, the league saw revenues approaching $9.5 billion at..." November 22

  • Angels hire Josh Paul as bench coach, add Brad Ausmus to front office

    Orange County Register "Josh Paul, who spent part of his big league career playing for the Angels under Mike Scioscia, has been hired as the Angels new bench coach. Earlier this month the Angels moved bench coach Dino Ebel to third base coach, replacing Ron Roenicke. Roenicke left to become the Boston Red Sox bench..." November 22

  • MLB wants 20-second pitch clock as pace-of-play initiative in 2018

    ESPN "The serious negotiations over Major League Baseball's pace-of-play initiatives haven't really started yet and probably won't for weeks to come. Once MLB and the Players Association dig into their talks, there will be haggling over the particulars of some ideas, like restrictions on the number of..." November 21

  • BBWAA announces 2018 Hall of Fame ballot

    Sporting News "The Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Monday announced the 33 candidates for the 2018 Hall of Fame ballot. The ballot lists 14 returning players who received at least five percent of the overall vote in 2017. Among those players, Trevor Hoffman (74.0 percent) and Vladimir Guerrero..." November 20

  • Deadline To Set 40-Man Rosters For Rule 5 Draft Is Tonight

    MLB Trade Rumors "The deadline for Major League teams to set their 40-man rosters in advance of next month’s Rule 5 Draft is tonight at 8pm ET. As such, baseball fans should expect to see a flurry of activity over the next 11 hours. There will be likely be players designated for assignment, outrighted and claimed..." November 20

  • Mike Moustakas reportedly wants to sign with Angels

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Angels have been tied to free agent Mike Moustakas once again. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported on Wednesday that Moustakas has the Angels No. 1 on his list of teams with whom he would like to sign. A former No. 2 overall pick by the Kansas City Royals, Moustakas turned down a..." November 17

  • The Angels are reportedly seeking a new second baseman

    CBS Sports "The Los Angeles Angels are coming off an inspiring 80-82 season -- inspiring because they were close to making the postseason despite Mike Trout and Garrett Richards each missing significant time and Albert Pujols decaying into one of baseball's worst regulars. Predictably, the Angels have..." November 16

  • Report: MLBPA challenging NPB posting system, delaying Shohei Ohtani’s move to MLB

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball had a “tentative agreement” in place to allow the Nippon Ham Fighters to post Shohei Ohtani — a lauded pitcher and hitter — for $20 million. However, the players’ union is challenging the system, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports, which will..." November 16

  • New MLB-NPB Posting Agreement Still Weeks Away

    MLB Trade Rumors "The hope is that Major League Baseball and Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball will finalize a new posting system at some point in early December, MLB Chief Legal Officer Dan Halem tells reporters including Joel Sherman of the New York Post (Twitter link). Until that comes to pass, Japanese..." November 15

  • MLB wants to get a pitch clock in place for the 2018 season

    Hardball Talk "As several games dragged on well past the three and four hour mark this postseason, fans active online increasingly chattered about the need for a pitch clock, rules limiting mound visits or some other means of moving things along. Today at the owners meetings down in Florida, MLB’s Chief Legal..." November 15

  • Why a Mike Trout free agent bidding war could've topped $600M

    CBS Sports "For the first time in his six full MLB seasons, Mike Trout did not finish first or second in the AL MVP voting this year. Trout was not among the three AL MVP finalists announced earlier this week, almost certainly as a result of the thumb injury that sidelined him nearly two months this..." November 10

  • MLB sees increase in sponsor spending while NFL is trending negative

    Awful Announcing "Coming off a successful postseason, Major League Baseball got some more good news. According to a new report, MLB saw a record in corporate sponsorship spending of $892 million, a jump of almost 8%. It comes after the 2016 World Series, which was the most-watched Fall Classic in 12 years, while..." November 08

  • Angels Decline Options Over Huston Street, Ricky Nolasco

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Angels have declined their club options over righties Huston Street and Ricky Nolasco, per a club announcement. Fellow right-hander Deolis Guerra was outrighted off of the 40-man roster, the team also announced. While the news hardly comes as a surprise, it nevertheless sends some notable..." November 03

  • Justin Upton bypasses opt-out, signs with Angels

    MLB.com "The Angels and outfielder Justin Upton have agreed to a five-year contract extension that will keep Upton in Los Angeles through 2022, the club announced Thursday. Upton's deal is worth $106 million, a source told MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi. " November 02

  • From Jose Canseco to J.J. Watt, everyone thinks MLB balls are juiced

    Chicago Sun-Times "As balls sailed out of Major League ballparks in record fashion this past season, the whispers from disbelievers were drowned out by the roars of the longball-clamoring crowd. But after Sunday’s World Series slugfest that saw a combined seven home runs with the Houston Astros finally prevailing..." October 31

  • Report: Eric Hinske Leaves Cubs To Become Angels’ Hitting Coach

    CBSChicago.com "The turnover on the Cubs’ coaching staff continued Monday. Assistant hitting coach Eric Hinske has left the Cubs to become the hitting coach for the Angeles, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reported. Hinske had been with the Cubs since December 2013, serving as the first-base coach before taking..." October 23

  • Major League Baseball considering expansion, radical realignment

    Hardball Talk "Tracy Ringolsby of Baseball America wrote yesterday about a “growing consensus” within baseball that expansion and realignment are inevitable. The likely expansion cities: Portland and Montreal. The 32-team league would then undergo a radical realignment that would also involve reducing the season..." October 17

  • Major League Baseball should amend replay review for on/off base disputes

    Hardball Talk "The Cubs won Thursday’s NLDS Game 5 by a 9-8 score over the Nationals and were aided in part by replay review in the eighth inning, helping Wade Davis escape a jam. The Nationals had scored a run on a Michael Taylor RBI single, cutting their deficit to one run. Lobaton kept the rally going with a..." October 13

  • MLB Sets 2017-18 Qualifying Offer At $17.4MM

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has set the qualifying offer for the upcoming offseason at $17.4MM, MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes reports (Twitter link). With the news, teams can now make full assessments of whether to issue qualifying offers to pending free agents. Offers are due five days after the World Series..." October 13

  • Phillies Reportedly Considering Ruben Amaro Jr. As Next Manager

    CBS Philly "This would be an amazing turn of events. Imagine if the Phillies brought back Ruben Amaro Jr. as the team’s next manager. Well, according to The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo, the Phils are considering Amaro Jr. for the job. “Other candidates believed to be in consideration for the Phillies..." October 09

  • Justin Upton Reportedly Likely to Opt out of Contract to Negotiate with Angels

    Bleacher Report "Los Angeles Angels outfielder Justin Upton is reportedly set to exercise a player option to void the final four years of his contract, but he could still re-sign with the organization. On Tuesday, Jon Morosi of the MLB Network reported it's "increasingly likely" the slugger will opt to become a..." October 03

  • Draft: First-Round Order For 2018

    Real GM Baseball "The regular season is over, so the order of the first round of the 2018 Major League Baseball draft has been solidified. 1. Detroit Tigers 2. San Francisco Giants 3. Philadelphia Phillies 4. Chicago White Sox 5. Cincinnati Reds 6. New York Mets 7. San Diego Padres 8...." October 02

  • Mike Scioscia to return in 2018

    Fanrag Sports "Get ready for another year of Mike Scioscia. The longtime big league manager will return to the Los Angeles Angels in 2018, marking his 19th season as the club’s skipper. This coming season will be a contract year for Scioscia, but a contract extension doesn’t look to be in the cards at the..." October 02

  • MLB names World Series MVP Award in Honor of Willie Mays

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball just announced that it has renamed the World Series Most Valuable Player Award in honor of Willie Mays. Beginning with the 2017 World Series, the MVP of the Fall Classic will now be recognized as the “Willie Mays World Series Most Valuable Player.” The announcement comes..." September 29

  • Judge sides with Albert Pujols, who was sued by his cousin for defamation

    Hardball Talk "TMZ reports that a judge sided with Angels DH Albert Pujols and threw out a defamation lawsuit filed by Pujols’ cousin Wilfrido against Albert last year. Wilfrido and his older brother were involved in a police chase back in 2007 that ended up killing another man. Wilfrido was cleared of..." September 29

  • 'Concussion' doctor Bennet Omalu says MLB's seven-day DL is 'a joke'

    CBS Sports "The San Diego Padres have had a rough season when it comes to catcher concussions. Backup Hector Sanchez missed a week in April after taking a ball off the mask. Meanwhile, starter Austin Hedges missed closer to two weeks due to his own concussion -- one that required vision training before he..." September 28

  • The time two umpires almost got blackmailed over a hookup with strippers

    Hardball Talk "I didn’t put “must-click link” in the headline because there wasn’t room, but I kinda doubt I need to tell you that you need to click on this link, which takes you to a wonderful story by William Ryczek over at The National Pastime Museum. The short version: in 1960 two big league umpires, Ed..." September 27

  • Major League Baseball wants you to look at a screen while you’re at the ballpark

    Hardball Talk "During the debate last week involving expanded netting at major league ballparks, the familiar refrain from the anti-netting crowd rung out: “hey, netting wouldn’t be necessary if you simply paid attention!” These folks get particularly upset at the idea of people looking at their phones or..." September 25

  • Major League Baseball claims it will “redouble its efforts” on expanded netting

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday, during the Minnesota Twins-New York Yankees game at Yankee Stadium, a young girl was injured after a foul ball flew off the bat of Todd Frazier and into the stands along the third base line where she was sitting. In some parks that ball would be stopped because of netting down the..." September 21

  • Top five Cy Young contenders in each league

    Larry Brown Sports "Both the American and National League have clear contenders for their respective Cy Young Awards this season, but the outcome of each race is still murky as we head into the final weeks of the season. There’s a lot to consider in the races for both leagues. Here’s a look at the top five..." September 20

  • MLB league-wide single season home run record set to fall Tuesday

    Hardball Talk "Giancarlo Stanton‘s smacks, Aaron Judge‘s jolts and all those dizzying long balls helped Major League Baseball move another poke closer to the inevitable. Nearly two decades after the height of the Steroids Era, the sports is on track to break its season record for home runs on Tuesday – and..." September 18

  • AL MVP: Jose Altuve is clear favorite, but race for second is star-studded

    Sporting News "Jose Altuve is putting the finishes on yet another incredible season for Houston. Remember when we were all amazed that a guy listed at 5-6 could be an impact player in the majors? Those days feel like a long, long time ago. At this point, Altuve has established himself as one of the best..." September 18

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