For a 90-loss team, the Los Angeles Angels have been in the news quite a bit these last few weeks. The Angels hired Joe Maddon to be their new manager earlier this month, and owner Arte Moreno recently confirmed payroll will go up next season. That could put the team in position to make a huge offer to Orange County native and impending free agent Gerrit Cole.
The Angels are also getting good news about their own players this month. According to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register, two-way star Shohei Ohtani is currently throwing at 100 feet and is expected to get up on a mound in late November. Ohtani had Tommy John surgery last October and knee surgery this September.
Ohtani, who is still only 25, returned from Tommy John surgery this past season as a designated hitter only. He rejoined the team in early May and hit .286/.343/.505 with 20 doubles and 18 homers in 106 games, which is probably better than anything the Angels could've reasonably expected following elbow reconstruction.