Angels Rumors & News

  • Angels acquire Jabari Blash from the Yankees

    Hardball Talk "The Yankees announced on Wednesday that the club traded outfielder Jabari Blash to the Angels in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Blash, 28, was acquired by the Yankees from the Padres back in December in the Chase Headley trade. In trading Blash to the Angels,..." February 22

  • MLB is still investigating the leak of Shohei Ohtani’s medical records

    Los Angeles Times "Commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday that baseball's investigation into the leak of Shohei Ohtani's medical records continues. In mid-December, after the Angels had signed Ohtani, Yahoo Sports reported that he has a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow. "We have not been..." February 21

  • Report: MLB floating idea of letting trailing team bat anyone they want in 9th inning

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball has been searching for ways in recent years to improve pace of play and inject more drama into games, but one idea that an MLB executive floated this week seems downright preposterous. During Tuesday’s edition of “The Rich Eisen Show,” Eisen revealed that he was told by an..." February 21

  • The Shohei Ohtani effect? Angels to lower right-field wall Angel Stadium by 10 feet

    CBS Sports "Angel Stadium of Anaheim will likely see an increase in home runs to right-center this coming season. Tuesday, the Angels announced that the right-center wall will be lowered from 18 feet to eight feet before the season begins. Obviously, lowering the wall by 10 feet will lead to more balls..." February 20

  • Angels' Chris Young: Inks one-year deal with Angels

    CBS Sports "Young signed a one-year deal worth $2 million with the Angels on Sunday, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports. Young served as a backup outfielder for the Red Sox last season. He played in 90 games and hit .235 with a .709 OPS. " February 18

  • Angels To Sign Chris Carter

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Angels have agreed to a minor league deal with first baseman Chris Carter, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register tweets. He’ll rake in $1.75MM if he makes the Angels’ roster and could earn up to $600K in incentives, Jon Heyman of FanRag reports. The 31-year-old Carter could provide..." February 18

  • Rays Acquire C.J. Cron, Designate Corey Dickerson

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays have acquired first baseman C.J. Cron from the Angels for a player to be named later, both teams annonuced. In a surprising corresponding move, Tampa also announced that outfielder Corey Dickerson has been designated for assignment to create roster space. Cron had been noted as a..." February 18

  • Scioscia: Ohtani available to pinch hit, pinch run on non-pitching days

    12 Up "Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani ​signed with the Angels this offseason, and the talented two way player made his a desire to pitch and hit in the MLB clear when signing with the team. Ohtani seems to have gotten his wish, as manager Mike Scoscia plans to use Ohtani in a number of different..." February 17

  • Scott Boras remains patient, but he and his free agents are really testing the limit

    New York Daily News "It’s three days into spring training, with full squads reporting in five days — does Scott Boras know where his free agents’ teams are? Baseball’s Avenging Agent is accustomed to playing the waiting game, even into March, and when it comes to getting the richest contracts for his clients,..." February 16

  • Albert Pujols looks like a new man on his first day at Angels camp

    Los Angeles Times "Albert Pujols didn't drop that spring-training "best-shape-of-my-life" cliche into his conversation with reporters upon arriving at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Friday, but the Angels first baseman was clearly in the best shape he has been in since 2013. Free of the shackles of physical therapy for..." February 16

  • Tim Lincecum’s fastball clocked at 93 m.p.h. during his scouting showcase

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday Tim Lincecum held his much awaited showcase, throwing 25 pitches for 20 scouts representing 15 major league teams. By all accounts, it went well. Mark Feinsand of reports that scouts walked away impressed, with most saying Lincecum was hitting 90-92 on the gun, and one saying..." February 16

  • Angels open to extension for Trout

    Los Angeles Times "Arte Moreno wants no part of Major League Baseball's growing tank battalion. No matter how far out of playoff contention his team might be, the Angels owner couldn't stomach the idea of trading away the bulk of his proven talent for prospects and going into total rebuild mode, even though..." February 15

  • ESPN Fantasy Baseball Will Have One Shohei Ohtani Who Can Hit And Pitch

    SportTechie "ESPN announced today that its fantasy baseball game would allow managers to use new Los Angeles Angels acquisition Shohei Ohtani — a rare two-way pitching and hitting star in Japan who will do both in the majors — in both capacities, just not at the same time. CBS Sports, FanTrax and RealTime..." February 14

  • Club exec: Front-office staffer was asked to leave workout at free-agent camp

    The Score "The Major League Baseball Players Association announced earlier this week that media members won't be allowed at the union's free-agent training camp in Bradenton, Fla., and it doesn't look like front-office executives are welcome at IMG Academy, either. On Wednesday, a general manager's..." February 14

  • Angels will use six-man rotation to accommodate Ohtani

    Larry Brown Sports "The Angels will change the dynamic of their starting rotation to accommodate their new two-way star. While in Japan, Shohei Ohtani pitched once per week. With five-man rotations the norm in Major League Baseball, there are occasions where a starter may pitch twice during a seven-day span. For..." February 14

  • Shohei Ohtani's main impact will come as a pitcher, Mike Scioscia says

    ESPN "Shohei Ohtani is quickly discovering how his every move at Los Angeles Angels' camp will be scrutinized this spring. About 50 Japanese media members gathered at the entrance of the player parking lot at Tempe Diablo Stadium for his arrival Tuesday. Later on, in the clubhouse, a wall of reporters..." February 13

  • Lawsuit: Baseball Agency Made Under-The-Table Payments To Players, Helped Provide Them PEDs

    Deadspin "ACES Baseball Agency is being sued by a former associate, Juan Carlos Nuñez, who says his former bosses encouraged him to make under-the-table payments to players and their families as well as help clients get steroids for bigger contracts. The lawsuit was filed today in New York State Supreme..." February 13

  • Report: Yankees to Attend Tim Lincecum's Seattle Showcase

    12 Up "​Free agency this offseason in the Major Leagues has been a real dud. There's a host of top talent still out on the market waiting to be signed, and knowing that, former Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum has decided to take his own unique approach to catching the attention of a potential Big League..." February 13

  • It could come down to one thing for Angels: Rotation, rotation, rotation

    Los Angeles Times "And so the great experiment begins, the Angels donning lab coats and goggles as they attempt to fit baseball's first potential two-way star since Babe Ruth into their rotation and lineup and hoping it all doesn't blow up in their face. The chance of combustion, though, seems slim. Even if..." February 12

  • The Montreal Expos Can Fix Baseball’s Free Agency Problem

    Uproxx "The World Series was pretty great for the second year in a row, and we’re in the middle of a dinger golden age. Is baseball great? You bet. But it’s very possible that the sport is also broken on some level. Some of the principals seem to think so, especially when it comes to the economics of the..." February 12

  • What will the Angels do about the closer role?

    Fanrag Sports "While everything else seems to be falling perfectly into place for the Los Angeles Angels, important questions loom. The Halos put last year’s surprise second-place finish in the American League West into the rearview mirror with the acquisition of Shohei Ohtani. However, there are still some..." February 12

  • Bud Norris agrees to 1-year contract with Cardinals

    ESPN "The St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a one-year deal with right-hander Bud Norris, according to multiple reports. The deal, which is pending a physical, was first reported Monday by The Athletic. Norris, 32, made 57 relief appearances and three starts for the Los Angeles Angels last..." February 12

  • Will Shohei Ohtani’s success in Japan continue with Angels? Former teammates, Japanese baseball officials think so

    Orange County Register "When Brandon Laird took his baseball career across the Pacific Ocean, he had never heard the name Shohei Ohtani, just some unbelievable stories about “the Babe Ruth of Japan.” “I was like, he can’t be that good,” said Laird, an infielder who had previously spent parts of three seasons in the..." February 12

  • MLB rumors: Mets interested in former Cy Young winner?

    Newark Star-Ledger "Could 'The Freak' make a comeback in The Big Apple? As the Mets continue to look for extra veteran starting pitching options on the open market, one blast from the past could emerge: Tim Lincecum. Yes, as in the former two-time National League Cy Young award winner. According to Jon..." February 09

  • Scott Boras not sending his clients to MLBPA spring training

    Larry Brown Sports "If the MLBPA does end up organizing its own spring training for players who remain unsigned, some of the top free agents on the market will not be attending. On Thursday, Scott Boras told ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick that he is not planning to send any of his clients to a free agent camp. At this..." February 08

  • MLB blames agents for overpricing their free agent clients

    Larry Brown Sports "The Major League Baseball Players Association issued a statement on Tuesday ripping teams for their supposed concerted effort to drive down the price of free agents, and the league returned fire shortly thereafter. After MLBPA executive director Tony Clark accused MLB teams of engaging in a..." February 06

  • Tony Clark says teams’ failure to sign free agents “threatens the very integrity of the game”

    Hardball Talk "As spring training gets closer and closer, nearly 100 free agents remain unsigned, including several that were expected to land big paydays this offseason. As the weeks have worn on, player discontent has grown palpable, exhibiting itself via various statements from agents which, increasingly,..." February 06

  • MLB Players union didn’t take long to back off ridiculous threat

    New York Post "The lamest threat in baseball history died a quick death Sunday afternoon. No, the players won’t be boycotting spring training, the Players Association clarified in a statement, refuting the words of its own star agent Brodie Van Wagenen. “Recent press reports have erroneously suggested that..." February 05

  • MLB is reportedly considering bringing back bullpen carts to improve pace of play

    CBS Sports "One of the ongoing storylines of baseball's offseason centers around the league's desire to improve pace of play. Earlier Thursday, word surfaced that commissioner Rob Manfred had proposed some alterations to the players -- including the chance to delay or put off a pitch clock. The players..." February 02

  • Scott Boras continues to hold up the MLB free-agent market, but will he blink first?

    New York Daily News "Is this the year Scott Boras fails to pull a rabbit out of a hat? Or three or four rabbits, to be precise? Yes, January has come and gone and, remarkably, baseball’s big free-agent freeze hasn’t even begun to melt. Spring training begins in less than two weeks and you can still field something..." February 01

  • Report: MLB recording dugout phone conversations to eliminate sign stealing

    12 Up "Yes, the MLB is actually ready to go this far. ​Last season, sign stealing became a big issue during a rivalry series between the ​New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. New York claimed that a staff member for the Red Sox was passing information from the video room to the players through the..." January 30

  • MLB now going out of its way to celebrate bat-flip immodesty

    New York Post "Even in January, “The Game has changed.” That’s the standard rationalization/half-explanation to a full one that, if completed, defies sense. Even now, when the NFL has about completed another season of trying to wring every last vestige of the sport from its sport — Vince Lombardi is rolling..." January 29

  • Angels' Ohtani named MLB Pipeline's top overall prospect "At the beginning of last year, the Angels had no representatives on MLB Pipeline's list of baseball's Top 100 Prospects. That isn't the the case in 2018. Japanese two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani (No. 1), outfielder Jo Adell (No. 62), infielder Kevin Maitan (No. 87) and outfielder Jahmai Jones (No...." January 28

  • Report: Remaining free agents considering starting free agent spring training camp

    Hardball Talk "Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports has a couple of interesting pieces of information in his latest column. The first is that some of the remaining free agents — of which there are many — are considering starting their own spring training camp. The second is that the MLBPA is investigating whether or not..." January 26

  • Vlad to make history by entering Hall wearing Angels cap

    Los Angeles Times "There will be a halo in the Hall. Vladimir Guerrero said Thursday he would wear an Angels cap on his Hall of Fame plaque, becoming the first player to do so. The Angels, founded in 1961, were one of five current major league teams without their cap on a Cooperstown plaque. The others: the..." January 25

  • Scott Boras Rips MLB, Says League Must Fix 'Noncompetitive Cancer'

    Bleacher Report "Prominent sports agent Scott Boras ripped Major League Baseball for allowing teams to tank seasons in order to acquire high draft picks and top prospects. Boras, whose clients have been impacted by a sluggish free-agent market during the current MLB offseason, referenced the 1919 Chicago White..." January 25

  • Top 100 MLB Prospects 2018

    Baseball America "Baseball America’s Top 100 MLB Prospects is the natural demarcation between one season to another. Countless conversations with scouts, coaches and team officials as well as many road trips over the past year lead to this list. And as soon as we put it in your hands, we begin working toward..." January 22

  • The best way to fix MLB’s pace of play problems

    New York Post "You want to improve the pace of play in the majors, then remove the smart off-field people from impacting the action. Notice the word “action.” Overwhelming sentiment is that hitters and pitches are not slowing down the game nearly as much as smart people are by feeding more information to..." January 22

  • Top MLB free agent reportedly willing to sit out until midseason in order to get fair deal

    CBS Sports "Baseball's offseason has been slow and boring, with many of the top free agents remaining unsigned, just weeks before spring training is set to begin. Yahoo Sports Jeff Passan took a deep dive into what's slowing the market -- including the idea of collusion, as well as Tony Clark and the..." January 17

  • Do the players even care about money anymore?

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday I wrote about how the union has come to find itself in the extraordinarily weak position it’s in. The upshot: their leadership and their membership, happily wealthy by virtue of gains realized in the 1970s-1990s, has chosen to focus on small, day-to-day, quality of life issues rather..." January 17

  • Rob Manfred is prepared to implement a pitch clock unilaterally for 2018

    Hardball Talk "Rob Manfred has long been on record wanting to speed up the pace of play in baseball and, to that end, last year proposed a 20-second pitch clock. Pursuant to baseball’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, he could not implement that unilaterally last year. However if, one year after a proposed rules..." January 16

  • Of 30 MLB teams, only five have yet to expand protective netting down foul lines

    CBS Sports "With the Toronto Blue Jays announcing that they will be adding protective netting down foul lines on Monday, 25 of 30 MLB teams have expanded their safety precautions to protect fans from rogue foul balls. Only the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles and..." January 15

  • Blake Parker, Martin Maldonado agree to deals with Angels

    Long Beach Press-Telegram "Catcher Martin Maldonado and pitcher Blake Parker avoided arbitration by agreeing on Thursday to 2018 contracts, leaving the Angels with seven arbitration-eligible players. Maldonado, coming off a Gold Glove season, signed for $3.9 million, which was higher than the $2.8 million estimate from..." January 12

  • MLB owners seem to want more money in their pockets, not those of players

    Sporting News "Doldrums. A dry spell. A brain-melting and frustrating period of incredible boredom. Whatever words or turn of phrase you use to describe the current state of the baseball offseason, you’re right. We’re in a haze of offseason monotony punctuated only by the occasional reliever deciding to join..." January 11

  • Angels arbitration roundup: Heaney agrees to $800,000

    Orange County Register "The Angels on Tuesday agreed with pitcher Andrew Heaney on an $800,000 salary for 2018, avoiding arbitration with the first of the 10 players they had eligible at the start of the week. Friday is the deadline for teams and players to exchange figures, with hearings then held in February. The..." January 10

  • Angels GM met with Ohtani's former club for advice on how to use him

    Japan Times "Los Angeles Angels general manager Billy Eppler met with Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters officials on Monday to seek advice in preparation for slugging ace pitcher Shohei Ohtani’s move to the majors. Eppler asked Fighters officials, including manager Hideki Kuriyama, about how to make use of..." January 09

  • Angels sending group to Japan to work on plans for Shohei Ohtani

    Orange County Register "Billy Eppler is headed to Japan for a few days to continue the process of planning for Shohei Ohtani’s assimilation into the major leagues. The Angels general manager said on Thursday that this month he will lead a four-person team to spend some time with Ohtani and members of the Nippon Ham..." January 08

  • Angels reach agreement with Eric Young Jr. on minor league deal

    L.A. Daily News "The Angels have agreed to terms on a minor league deal with Eric Young Jr., bringing the popular outfielder back to the organization for a second season. Young, who will compete for the fourth outfielder spot on the opening day roster, hit .264 in 125 plate appearances with the Angels last..." January 08

  • Should Japanese career be a HOF factor?

    CBS Sports "No sooner than five years from now, the great Ichiro Suzuki will be voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on the first ballot. Ichiro still wants to play but remains unsigned. If he's unable to latch on anywhere, his five-year waiting period before appearing on the Hall of Fame ballot will..." January 02

  • Shohei Ohtani bids farewell to Japanese club

    Sporting News "Shohei Ohtani is bound for Los Angeles. The Angels rookie on Monday bid farewell to his Japanese club, the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters, and threw the ceremonial pitch from the Sapporo Dome mound before leaving to join his new team in the United States. Ohtani was all smiles as he welcomed..." December 26

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