Angels Rumors & News

  • 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

  • 2017 MLB season might not feature a 20-win pitcher for first time in nearly 10 years

    CBS Sports "With just two weeks left in the 2017 Major League Baseball season, we can start to take a look at some of the stats and have a good idea where things will end up. On that front, let's glance at the MLB leaderboard for pitcher wins. As noted by Twitter friend Matt Harvey (@halladayfan32), the..." September 18

  • Teams seeking Miguel Sano-like talent at age 13

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins, like most MLB teams, will send scouts to a showcase in the Caribbean this week for Venezuelan prospects, a chance to measure and evaluate players who will eventually sign contracts to play professionally. But this gathering of baseball talent is unusual — though it reflects the new..." September 18

  • Tigers acquire Elvin Rodriguez from Angels

    Hardball Talk "The Angels completed their trade for outfielder Justin Upton on Friday, sending right-handed pitching prospect Elvin Rodriguez to the Tigers. The Tigers also received right-hander Grayson Long in the deal. Rodriguez, 19, was ranked No. 22 in the Angels’ system by MLB Pipeline. He spent the bulk..." September 16

  • Major League Baseball: still flailing at front office diversity

    Hardball Talk "We’ve written many times about how Major League Baseball has a diversity problem in its front office and executive ranks. General managers are almost all youngish white dudes from Ivy League institutions and they have hired people in their own image for years. That, combined with astoundingly low..." September 15

  • Astros use highly unusual shift against Albert Pujols

    Larry Brown Sports "The Houston Astros used an unusual shift to defend against Albert Pujols on Thursday night, and it worked. During Pujols’ at-bat in the bottom of the third, the Astros put three players to the left of second base, moving their shortstop and second baseman to the shallow part of the outfield...." September 15

  • Mike Fiers calls Luis Valbuena’s bat flip “disrespectful”

    Hardball Talk "Chapter eight gabillion in the unwritten rules wars unfolded last night during and after the Angels-Astros game. The subject: bat flips. The Angels beat the tar out of Astros starter Mike Fiers, lighting him up for eight runs on ten hits in three and two-thirds innings. One of the big blows..." September 14

  • 2018 will feature the earliest Opening Day in baseball history

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball announced its master schedule for the 2018 season. Opening Day will be Thursday, March 29. It’s the earliest Opening Day in baseball history, with the exception of special international openers like the ones in Japan and Australia. Until now, the earliest opening date for a..." September 12

  • Shohei Otani is coveted by MLB teams and this filthy slider might explain why

    CBS Sports "We take you to Japan, where Shohei Otani of the Nippon Ham Fighters is about to uncork one of the nastiest slide-pieces you've ever beheld ... And the people say: Larduhmercy. If Allen Iverson's crossover were somehow made into a breaking ball, it would look like that, probably. Otani in..." September 12

  • Yunel Escobar suffers another setback

    Orange County Register "Yunel Escobar isn’t going to be back that soon after all. The Angels third baseman has had a second setback in the last two weeks in his rehab from a strained oblique, delaying his return and the accompanying lineup dilemma. Manager Mike Scioscia said Escobar felt the same type of discomfort..." September 09

  • Angels' Albert Pujols returns to Southern California for evaluation of sore knee

    Los Angeles Times "Angels designated hitter Albert Pujols returned to Southern California on Wednesday morning to undergo treatment on his sore left knee. Pujols missed the Angels’ series finale in Oakland but will be ready to play in Seattle on Friday, Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. The Angels are do not..." September 08

  • Garrett Richards' return encouraging for Angels, in desperate need of rotation help

    USA Today "The wobbly Los Angeles Angels rotation has been seeking a salve, if not a savior. Not since Aug. 28 has an Angels starter completed six innings, and manager Mike Scioscia has been running through so many pitchers — and American League-record 12 on Monday and 43 in the last five games — that the..." September 06

  • Angels' Richards to start Tuesday after 5-month layoff

    Orange County Register "Garrett Richards is past the point of being just a hope or a maybe. After Richards successfully passed his final test with a bullpen session on Saturday, the Angels announced that he will start on Tuesday in Oakland, It will be his first big league game since he pitched — coincidentally — in..." September 03

  • Angels plan to activate Richards this weekend

    CBS Sports "Richards (biceps) is expected to be activated from the disabled list over the weekend, Pedro Moura of The Los Angeles Times reports. According to Moura, Richards' rehab outing Wednesday was impressive as he topped out at 98 miles per hour on his fastball in a two-inning appearance. " September 01

  • Braves trade Brandon Phillips to Angels for minor league catcher

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Braves traded veteran Brandon Phillips to the Angels for journeyman minor league catcher Tony Sanchez, a deal that Phillips had to approve and did so only after talking with his mother, brother and other family members for hours while the Braves were playing the Cubs. Phillips, 36, has..." September 01

  • Albert Pujols ties Jim Thome on all-time home run list with No. 612

    CBS Sports "Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols has been arguably baseball's worst player this season. He entered Wednesday hitting .230/.274/.374 on the season. Yet those struggles haven't stopped him from achieving some milestones. To wit, Pujols homered twice during Wednesday's game against the..." August 31

  • Angels close to a trade that will land Justin Upton from the Tigers

    CBS Sports "The Angels are close to acquiring power-hitting outfielder Justin Upton in a trade from the Tigers, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Several other reports have since confirmed the news, so we should expect an announcement from the teams soon." August 31

  • Angels acquire Justin Upton from Tigers; Cameron Maybin headed to Astros

    USA Today "The Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Angels have agreed to the parameters of a deal that would send outfielder Justin Upton from the Motor City to Anaheim, according to two baseball officials with direct knowledge of the trade talks. The people spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity..." August 31

  • Angels Sign Fernando Salas To Minors Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Angels have brought right-hander Fernando Salas back into the fold on a minor league pact, the team’s Triple-A affiliate announced this weekend (Twitter link). The 32-year-old Salas, who was recently released by the Mets after a down season, has already tossed a scoreless frame for the Angels’..." August 23

  • Angels' Albert Pujols becomes all-time home run leader among foreign born players

    CBS Sports "Tuesday night in Anaheim, the Angels routed the Rangers (LAA 10, TEX 1) as they look to remain in the AL Wild Card race. The Halos are 1/2 game back of the Twins for the second Wild Card spot, though five other teams are within 4 1/2 games of that spot as well. It's a very tight race. Should be..." August 23

  • Rob Manfred not in favor of electronic strike zone, says technology isn’t good enough yet

    New York Daily News "Despite increasing calls to use technology to determine balls and strikes, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred isn’t in favor of such a change, according to MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince. “The fact of the matter is they (umpires) get them right well over 90 percent of the time,” Manfred said, adding..." August 20

  • Angels' Andrew Heaney set to make first start since April '16

    ESPN "Los Angeles Angels pitcher Andrew Heaney will likely return to a major league mound either Friday or Saturday for the first time since having Tommy John surgery in July 2016. The left-hander, who tore his UCL in his first start of the 2016 season prior to having elbow ligament replacement..." August 16

  • MLB players will be allowed to wear nickname jerseys Aug. 25-27

    ESPN "Major League Baseball will look anything but uniform for a newly created Players Weekend later this month. MLB, together with the MLB Players Association, announced Wednesday a group of initiatives aimed letting players express themselves while connecting with their past in youth..." August 09

  • MLB releases 2017 postseason schedule

    MLB.com "Major League Baseball released the 2017 postseason schedule on Tuesday -- and it is similar to last year's, except in one important way: The 113th World Series will begin Oct. 24 on FOX at the home of the league champion with the better regular-season record. The standard playoff tiebreaker..." August 08

  • Angels' Shoemaker to undergo forearm surgery, will miss rest of season

    L.A. Daily News "Matt Shoemaker’s season is over. The Angels’ right-hander on Sunday decided to have season-ending surgery to release the radial nerve in his forearm. He had spent about a month trying to rehab the injury since it was finally diagnosed, and a setback during a bullpen session on Friday pushed him..." August 07

  • Mike Trout Would Have Been a Bigger National Star Before 24/7 Media

    The Big Lead "If you root for a baseball team, Mike Trout, who turns 26 today, is the player you’d draw up in a lab to anchor it. He produces year after year after year on the field, and has no drama or baggage. Twenty years ago, this would have been enough for him to be on billboards, fronting video games, and..." August 07

  • Matt Shoemaker is considering season-ending forearm surgery

    Hardball Talk "Angels’ right-hander Matt Shoemaker has already missed 51 days with a nagging forearm injury, and now he appears to be weighing season-ending surgery to fix the problem for good. The 30-year-old was tossing a bullpen session on Friday when he “felt something,” reports the Los Angeles Times’ Pedro..." August 05

  • Angels' Richards cleared to throw off mound Friday

    Los Angeles Times "The Angels hope to insert Garrett Richards into their rotation this season, but they are up against time. Eight weeks remain in this season, and Richards should require roughly six weeks to ramp up his pitching. Any setback, and he’ll run out of wiggle room. After three weeks of playing catch..." August 04

  • Trout joins elite company with 20th homer

    MLB.com "Angels center fielder Mike Trout joined an elite club after clubbing his 20th home run of the season in Wednesday night's 7-0 rout of the Phillies at Angel Stadium. Trout, who launched a two-run shot off Jake Thompson to help power the Halos' seven-run third, became only the fourth American..." August 03

  • Diamondbacks To Acquire David Hernandez from Angels

    MLB Trade Rumors "MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand tweets that right-hander Luis Madero is going to the Angels in the deal. The D-backs and Angels have agreed to a trade that will send righty David Hernandez from Anaheim to Arizona, ESPN’s Buster Olney reports. Hernandez has quietly turned in an excellent 2.23 ERA..." July 31

  • Angels will listen to offers on Bud Norris

    Hardball Talk "MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that the Angels have received interest in closer Bud Norris and right-handed relievers David Hernandez and Yusmeiro Petit and could trade any of the three by the non-waiver deadline on Monday. Norris’ inclusion in the group isn’t too surprising given that the Angels..." July 30

  • Current, former MLB players discuss the sport’s cocaine problem

    New York Daily News "It's been 10 months since Marlins ace Jose Fernandez died late at night while accidentally driving a boat into a jetty off the coast of Miami. He had alcohol and cocaine in his system at the time, according to the toxicology report. Two other passengers were killed, too. While baseball has been..." July 28

  • Angels Place Alex Meyer On 10-Day DL

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Angels have placed righty Alex Meyer on the 10-day DL, per a club announcement. He’s said to be dealing with inflammation in his pitching shoulder. Thus far in 2017, the Halos have been anything but blessed when it comes to pitching health. Meyer, 27, joins a long list of starters on the..." July 25

  • Some GMs like to deal with each other -- and some don't

    ESPN "Every baseball executive understood by mid-June that Washington general manager Mike Rizzo needed bullpen help -- again -- to help plug the gap at closer. But Rizzo’s choices were far less than perfect, certainly less attractive than in 2016 when he talked about deals involving Aroldis Chapman and..." July 25

  • Cameron Maybin Diagnosed With MCL Sprain

    MLB Trade Rumors "July 19, 12:15am: The Angels announced that an MRI revealed a Grade 1 MCL sprain in Maybin’s right knee. The Angels added that the “generic timetable for this injury is two to four weeks.” Even if Maybin is able to make it back on the shorter end of that timetable, he appears likely to be..." July 19

  • Likely destinations for all the top stars on the block

    USA Today "The Cleveland Indians witnessed it first-hand over the weekend, and would love to stuff him in their overhead compartment Wednesday afternoon when they fly home from the Bay Area after a week-long stay. The Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers can line up their playoff rotations now, with a..." July 18

  • Angels Designate Danny Espinosa For Assignment

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Angels have designated second baseman Danny Espinosa for assignment, the team announced on Twitter. Right-hander Parker Bridwell was called up from Triple-A in a corresponding move. Espinosa was acquired from the Nationals last offseason as a possible answer to their long-standing hole at..." July 16

  • Garrett Richards begins his throwing program

    Orange County Register "The baby steps have begun for Garrett Richards. Richards, who has been out for more than three months with a biceps nerve irritation, has been cleared to begin activating his arm. Richards played light catch for the second day on Saturday. “Anytime you are allowed to start throwing, it’s..." July 16

  • Mike Trout slated to return tonight

    MLB.com "A pair of teams that spent the first half hovering around .500 meet at Angel Stadium on Friday looking to find more sustainable success the rest of the way, and one has a notable addition to the lineup. Reigning American League Most Valuable Player Mike Trout is slated to return to the Angels..." July 14

  • Mike Moustakas could sign with Angels in offseason

    Larry Brown Sports "After spending the first seven years of his big-league career in Kansas City, Mike Moustakas may be headed west. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports on Thursday that the Royals third baseman “continues to be linked to the Angels for next year.” Heyman also notes that Moustakas is originally..." July 14

  • 2017 World Series Odds for Every MLB Team at the All-Star Break

    Bleacher Report "As MLB takes an All-Star-break breather, a clear crop of World Series contenders has surfaced above a crowd of playoff candidates. Even if the entire American League stays alive well past the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, one distinct favorite hovers a step over three other potent title..." July 12

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred reveals the league may expand to these three cities

    New York Daily News "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred is considering making the big leagues even bigger. While taking questions at Monday's FanFest, Manfred discussed the idea of possible expansion in the league's future. He mentioned three cities that could someday find themselves with an MLB..." July 11

  • Trout to return to Angels' lineup Friday vs. Rays

    Reuters "Los Angeles Angels slugger Mike Trout will return from the disabled list on Friday against the Tampa Bay Rays, his team has announced. Trout, the reigning American League Most Valuable Player, tore a ligament in his left thumb on May 28 and underwent surgery three days later. He will miss..." July 10

  • Matt Shoemaker Receives Cortisone Shot, Halts Rehab

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Angels got some bad news on key righty Matt Shoemaker, announcing that he has been diagnosed with “posterior interosseous nerve syndrome.” Shoemaker received a cortisone shot for treatment and was “formally returned from his rehab assignment,” per the club’s statement. We’ll have to wait to..." July 07

  • Mike Trout hitless, but “pain-free” in second game with Inland Empire 66ers

    L.A. Daily News "Fans are coming in droves to San Bernardino to watch Angels star Mike Trout play for the Inland Empire 66ers as part of a rehabilitation assignment. Through his first seven plate appearances, they’re still waiting for his first hit. In front of a crowd of 6,078 at San Manuel Stadium, Trout..." July 07

  • Angels’ Mike Trout reports no pain after first rehab game with Inland Empire

    Orange County Register "Mike Trout didn’t have the results that fans wanted Wednesday night, but that wasn’t the most important thing for him. Playing for the Angels’ high Class-A affiliate, the Inland Empire 66ers as part of a rehabilitation assignment, Trout was 0 for 3. Trout batted third and served as the..." July 06

  • Trout’s first game back should not have been All-Star Game, anyway

    L.A. Daily News "What in the wide, wide world of sports is going on here … •It’s easy to see why Mike Trout sought to make the All-Star Game his first post-thumb-injury game. Nobody has more fun playing baseball than Trout, and the All-Star Game is the most-fun event in the sport. But all along the targeted..." July 05