Angels Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Shohei Ohtani’s ankle said to be healing quickly

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Angels are getting some positive injury news on the Shohei Ohtani front. Nikkan Sports reported on Wednesday that Ohtani practiced for the first time in four days and did some hitting off a machine, running, and played catch. The bigger news is that Ohtani was quoted as saying..." December 21

  • Angel Stadium to feature new video boards in 2018

    L.A. Daily News "The Angels are installing several new video boards throughout Angel Stadium, including a 9,500-square foot board in right field that will be the third-largest display in the majors, according to a release from the manufacturer. The smaller left-field display will be 5,488 square feet. There..." December 20

  • Jessica Mendoza will return to ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball in 2018, but other booth positions remain TBD

    Awful Announcing "With Dan Shulman leaving Sunday Night Baseball for the sake of his personal life and Aaron Boone departing to manage the Yankees, ESPN’s flagship baseball program finds itself in flux. But as of Tuesday, we know one thing about Sunday Night Baseball in 2018: Jessica Mendoza will be back. ESPN..." December 20

  • Tim Lincecum Planning Showcase For MLB Teams

    MLB Trade Rumors "After sitting out the 2017 season, right-hander Tim Lincecum is working out with the trainers at Driveline Baseball and will showcase for interested teams “in the near future,” per an announcement from Driveline (on Twitter). Intrigue around Lincecum picked up earlier today when fellow Driveline..." December 19

  • Possible comeback? Rockies pitcher tracks down Tim Lincecum

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Is Tim Lincecum preparing to make a comeback? According to the Instagram page of another National League West pitcher, he might be. Adam Ottavino of the Rockies posted a photo of Lincecum to his Instragram page on Monday night with the simple caption, "timmy." Lincecum appears to be in..." December 19

  • How Justin Upton helped the Angels acquire Ian Kinsler

    Orange County Register "Whether Billy Eppler realized it at the time, the Angels general manager took a step toward getting a second baseman when he made a deal for a left fielder Aug. 31. In the four months since Eppler got Justin Upton from the Detroit Tigers, Upton had been recruiting his former teammate, second..." December 18

  • Angels hint at Shohei Ohtani’s anticipated role with team

    Larry Brown Sports "One of the biggest questions surrounding Shohei Ohtani playing in MLB is what his role will be. Ohtani proved during his time in Japan that he is capable of pitching and hitting at a high level. His aim is to continue doing the same in MLB, but the question is how much of each will his new team,..." December 16

  • Zack Cozart signs three-year deal with Angels

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Angels seem determined to field one of the best defensive teams in baseball next season, and signing Zack Cozart should help them accomplish that goal. On Friday, the Angels announced that they have signed Cozart to a three-year contract. Ken Rosental reports that the deal is..." December 15

  • MLB To Investigate Leak Of Ohtani Medical Information

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has opened an investigation into the recent leaking of medical information regarding new Angels signee Shohei Ohtani, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.com (via Twitter). It seems the league is concerned that a MLB organization was behind the release of the news that Ohtani..." December 14

  • Angels reportedly close to acquiring Chase Headley

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Angels are making moves at the Winter Meetings. The Angels are reportedly close to acquiring Chase Headley from the San Diego Padres to fill their need at third base. This move would come hours after they made another trade to acquire Ian Kinsler from the Tigers to play..." December 14

  • Angels leaning toward six-man rotation to help all pitchers, not just Shohei Ohtani

    Orange County Register "The more Billy Eppler talks about the possibility of using a six-man rotation, the more it seems to be a foregone conclusion. The Angels’ general manager gave a passionate defense of the merits of a six-man rotation, invoking terms like “moral responsibility,” on Tuesday at the Winter Meetings...." December 13

  • Angels manager Mike Scioscia has no concerns about Shohei Ohtani's elbow

    Sporting News "Angels manager Mike Scioscia knows about the minor sprain in newly acquired pitcher/hitter Shohei Ohtani’s elbow, but he is not concerned. “No restrictions with Shohei,” Scioscia told reporters Wednesday at baseball’s winter meetings. “The only understanding we have is really just something..." December 13

  • Report: Tigers Trade Ian Kinsler To Angels

    CBS Detroit "Al Avila has ticked off the main item on his offseason to-do list. The Tigers on Wednesday traded 35-year-old second baseman Ian Kinsler to the Angels, per Ken Rosenthal. Kinsler had to waive his no-trade clause to approve the deal. The Angels had been pursuing Kinsler for at least the..." December 13

  • Shohei Ohtani elbow condition is no cause for panic with Angels, according to study, expert

    Orange County Register "Despite the alarming news of Shohei Ohtani’s elbow condition, at least one expert said the research suggests the Angels are doing the right thing with their prized new pitcher. The Colorado Rockies recently published a study that detailed the treatment of 72 players with elbow ligament..." December 13

  • Angels Star Signee Shohei Ohtani Is Reportedly Dealing With An Elbow Injury

    Uproxx "Less than one week has passed since Japanese baseball star Shohei Ohtani shocked the sports world by agreeing to sign with the Los Angeles Angels. Given that the Angels were not seen as one of the favorites, the decision had potentially long-lasting ramifications and, in short, allowed fans of the..." December 13

  • Shohei Ohtani Might Be the Most Underpaid Man in the World

    The Atlantic "Shohei Ohtani was the most sought-after free agent in all of baseball this off-season. Based on his career so far in his native Japan, the 23-year-old star, who signed on Friday with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, may turn out to be the first player since Babe Ruth who can both pitch and hit..." December 12

  • Shohei Ohtani Had PRP Injection in Pitching Elbow in October

    SI "Angels two-way player Shohei Ohtani had a platelet-rich plasma injection in his pitching elbow, Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci reports. Ohtani’s representatives revealed during the Japanese phenom’s recruitment process that he underwent the procedure in October, though it is not believed to..." December 12

  • Angels still have holes to fill in infield as winter meetings begin

    Orange County Register "On a day dedicated to celebrating Shohei Ohtani, Mike Scioscia stood at the podium in front of Angel Stadium on Saturday and sent a not-so-subtle message to his bosses. “As we move forward, Billy and Arte aren’t done this winter to make our team the well-rounded team we can be,” the Angels..." December 11

  • Angels Held Talks With C.C. Sabathia

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Angels have spoken to free agent hurler C.C. Sabathia, George A. King III of the New York Post reports (Twitter link). The Halos made one big rotation addition earlier this week by landing Shohei Ohtani, but Sabathia would bring more veteran stability to a pitching staff that is full of..." December 11

  • 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

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