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  • Angels Activate Andrelton Simmons, Designate Wilfredo Tovar

    Yardbarker "The Angels announced today that star shortstop Andrelton Simmons has been activated from the injured list. He is returning from a long absence due to a severe ankle sprain. Infielder Wilfredo Tovar was designated for assignment to create roster space. In other news, the club..." August 24

  • 6 Players We Still Can't Believe Weren't Traded at the MLB Deadline

    12 Up "We know how boring this MLB trade deadline was even with the Zack Greinke deal. There was a surprising amount of inaction from fringe contenders who decided to stand pat rather than sell. Plenty of players who should have gotten a change of scenery didn't, but these are the six players we..." August 23

  • The Future Star Who Got Away From Each MLB Team

    The Ringer "Gio Urshela spent the past few weeks showing his previous employers what they’re missing. In four games against the Blue Jays, for whom Urshela played 46 uneventful games last year, the Yankees third baseman tallied six hits, including three home runs; in four games against..." August 23

  • How players are using uniform numbers to break MLB's unwritten rules

    ESPN "For more than two years, Mallex Smith didn't tell anyone on his team why he wore No. 0. Back in January 2017, Smith found himself in a whirlwind of trades in one day, going from the Braves to the Mariners -- for all of 77 minutes ("Some of the best 77 minutes of my..." August 23

  • MLB Players Will Wear Cleats Designed By Little League World Series Teams This Weekend

    Uproxx "One of the many highlights of the Little League World Series in Williamsport is a collaboration between the World Series and Major League Baseball, where two MLB teams play in the tiny Pennsylvania town and give kids a personal look at the big leagues. With that event in the books and..." August 23

  • Angels Shut Down Griffin Canning For Remainder Of Season

    Orange County Register "Griffin Canning’s rookie season is over, although the Angels announced that an MRI exam on Thursday showed only inflammation in his elbow. The club announced that he would not pitch the rest of the season, allowing the inflammation to subside. Considering the Angels..." August 22

  • Angels Outright Adalberto Mejia

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Angels announced that they’ve outrighted left-hander Adalberto Mejia to Triple-A Salt Lake after he cleared waivers. Mejia hasn’t been outrighted in the past, nor does he have the service time to reject an assignment in favor of free agency, so he’ll stay in the..." August 22

  • MLB Has a Huge Mike Trout Problem No Other Major Sport Suffers

    Bleacher Report "By all rights, 2019 should be the Year of Mike Trout in Major League Baseball. They're all Years of Mike Trout to some extent. According to Baseball Reference, he's led at least the American League in wins above replacement five times since his..." August 22

  • Angels Designate Adalberto Mejia For Assignment

    MLB Trade Rumors "Prior to yesterday’s double-header with the Rangers, the Angels designated left-hander Adalberto Mejia for assignment.  Righty Jaime Barria was called up from Triple-A in a corresponding move, and Barria tossed five innings while starting the nightcap (a 3-2..." August 21

  • Angels Place Griffin Canning On IL With Elbow Inflammation

    Orange County Register "Griffin Canning, the Angels’ prized rookie pitcher, is headed to the injured list again, a troubling development that could mean the end of his season. Manager Brad Ausmus said on Wednesday that Canning suffered a recurrence of the elbow inflammation that landed him on the..." August 21

  • Tyler Skaggs' friends plan Players’ Weekend tribute "When the teams take the field for the first of three Players’ Weekend games on Friday, you’ll notice a uniform patch in memory of the late Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, who passed away unexpectedly at the age of 27 on July 1. But several players who knew Skaggs well will be taking..." August 21

  • MLB warns sexual enhancers may include PEDs

    ESPN "Major League Baseball in a memo warned about the "very real risk" of over-the-counter sexual-enhancement pills after at least two players this year were suspended for performance-enhancing drugs and claimed the banned substances found in their urine came from the unregulated products,..." August 21

  • Garbage time, all the time: MLB sees historic spike in position players pitching

    USA Today "For years, it was perhaps the noblest surrender in sports, a rare raising of the white flag that mixed comedy, camaraderie and selflessness. Now, the sight of a position player climbing the mound to record the final outs of a lopsided major league game is an almost routine occurrence,..." August 21

  • Why Mike Trout, baseball's best player in the midst of possibly his greatest season, should have an easy MVP case

    CBS Sports "When there's a generational talent, it's easy to become numb to the greatness in the moment. When it happens, we get things like Jeff Kent winning MVP over Barry Bonds, Karl Malone over Michael Jordan, working ourselves into a lather to not give LeBron or Pujols another MVP, etc...." August 20

  • Several home run records will fall this season

    Beyond The Boxscore "51 was a foreign number to me. At the age of seven, an emboldened 51 on the back of a baseball card simply didn’t belong in the home run column. It was absurd and grotesque. Hitting 50 bombs was something I read about in baseball history books (yeah, I was a weird second grader). It..." August 20

  • Each MLB Team's Most Boneheaded Decision of 2019

    Bleacher Report "With trade season over and the postseason still a good distance in the future, now is a perfect time to second-guess decisions Major League Baseball teams have made in 2019. Specifically, we've attempted to pinpoint each team's most boneheaded choice since the season properly..." August 20

  • 10 active MLB players who would make great managers after they retire

    CBS Sports "It's no secret that active managers and coaches are getting younger each and every year. Most recently, front-offices have become more open to hiring recently retired players to lead their clubs. With a higher reliance on analytics and less dependency on the Xs and Os, the..." August 20

  • The Best Young Starters Of 2019

    MLB Trade Rumors "We’re nearing the end of the 2019 regular season, a campaign which has featured plenty of valuable contributions from young starters. By my count, no fewer than 10 starters age 25 or younger have excelled this year. Several of them could continue helping their teams’ causes once the..." August 20

  • MLB lifers decry the state of the modern baseball: 'Unwatchable'

    USA Today "The game is still played with the pitchers’ mound 60 feet, 6 inches from home plate, the bases 90 feet apart, three outs per half inning and nine innings in a regulation game. Those are about the only constants resembling the game of baseball as we once knew..." August 19

  • Angels Select Miguel Del Pozo’s Contract, Option Jose Suarez To Triple-A

    MLB Trade Rumors "Prior to Sunday’s game, the Angels selected the contract of left-hander Miguel Del Pozo from Triple-A.  Fellow left-hander Jose Suarez was optioned to Triple-A in the corresponding move.  Del Pozo didn’t pitch in the Angels’ 9-2 victory over the..." August 19

  • This stat shows us how ridiculous Mike Trout’s career has been

    Sportsnaut "Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout could ultimately go down as one of the top-five players in the history of Major League Baseball. What Trout has done while flying under the radar for a mediocre Angels team over the past nine seasons is already legendary. Still only 28 years..." August 18

  • Josh Hamilton regrets leaving Rangers to sign with Angels

    Lone Star Ball "With the Texas Rangers honoring Josh Hamilton tonight, a game in a season that doesn’t matter much felt like it mattered even less as the telecast was peppered with highlights from better times to make for a nostalgic feeling (Hamilton stopping to hug Nelson Cruz might be the closest we..." August 18

  • Each MLB Team's Worst Bang-for-Your-Buck Star in 2019

    Bleacher Report "As we head into the dog days of summer and toward the MLB stretch run, it's as good a time as any to examine every team's worst bang-for-your-buck star. This isn't an exact science. But we'll consider each player's 2019 salary (per Spotrac) versus..." August 16

  • Minor league options can be a major league headache, but it beats the alternative

    SB Nation "Watch any major league game these days, and you’ll probably see both managers make several trips out to the mound to make a pitching change. Heavy reliance on relief pitchers lends itself to roster churn, a near-constant replenishing of bullpen arms. It’s created a class..." August 16

  • 12 Pitchers Whose Saves Tallies Will Drive 2020 Earnings

    MLB Trade Rumors "The ability to handle late-inning pressure still has value to teams. But the accumulation of saves, standing alone, isn’t generally the driver of open-market bullpen salaries that it once was. For arbitration, however, saves tallies pay big, opening the door to significant earning..." August 16

  • 6 Extended Players Who Have Improved In 2019

    MLB Trade Rumors "There was a well-documented run on contract extensions prior to this season, which bled into the current campaign in multiple instances. All told, 30 players inked multiyear pacts with their clubs between January and April. We highlighted five last week who’ve disappointed this..." August 16

  • Angels Outright J.C. Ramirez To Triple-A

    CBS Sports "J.C. Ramirez was sent outright to Triple-A Salt Lake on Thursday. Ramirez has posted a 4.50 ERA and 1.12 WHIP with four strikeouts over eight innings since being reinstated from the injured list July 30, but he'll head to the minors following Thursday's roster move. " August 15

  • Predicting 2020 Landing Spots for Each Top MLB Free Agent Post-Trade Deadline

    Bleacher Report "Now that the Major League Baseball trade deadline has come and gone, up next on the list of things to look forward to are the stretch run of the regular season and, of course, the postseason. But let's skip right past those and look ahead to free agency. We have fresh..." August 15

  • Every MLB contender's most important player for the playoff race

    USA Today "With just six weeks left in the regular season, baseball's playoff races are heating up. Several divisions are still in play, which trickles down to the wild-card races, particularly in the National League with seven teams within 4 ½ games. Here's a..." August 15

  • Albert Pujols becomes the all-time foreign-born hits leader in Angels’ win

    Los Angeles Times "The northbound lanes of the 57 freeway were shut down early Wednesday afternoon and Albert Pujols was just three miles from Angel Stadium when he realized the end of his commute might take him nearly an hour. The Angels were playing a rare 5 p.m. game. Pujols had planned to..." August 15

  • Oakland A’s sign Matt Harvey to minor league contract

    Athletics Nation "The Oakland A’s have signed pitcher Matt Harvey to a minor league contract, reports insider Jon Heyman on Wednesday. He’ll report to Triple-A Las Vegas, adds Susan Slusser of the S.F. Chronicle. The 30-year-old Harvey signed with the Angels last winter, on a..." August 15

  • Who Else Could Hit Outright Waivers In August?

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Reds have made a pair of claims already, nabbing Kevin Gausman from the Braves and Freddy Galvis from the Blue Jays. While the Cincinnati organization still hasn’t manage to make a run into clear postseason contention, it’s in shouting distance and obviously..." August 14

  • Mike Trout buys $9 million Southern California mansion

    Sportsnaut "Los Angeles Angels star outfielder Mike Trout is using some of his new-found riches to set himself up nicely in Southern California. Mere months after inking a record-breaking 12-year, $426.5 million extension, the AL’s top MVP candidate just purchased a mansion in the Newport..." August 13

  • 15 pitchers who may be approaching an innings limit, including Mike Soroka and Chris Paddack

    CBS Sports "We're inside seven weeks to go in the 2019 season, which means every pitcher has about 8-9 starts and maybe 45-50 innings remaining. That is, if they're allowed to use them. Innings limits are a fact of life. When a guy's workload enters uncharted territory, you..." August 13

  • Top takeaways from MLB's 2020 schedule release

    ESPN "Good news if you're a Tigers, Orioles, Mariners or Royals fan: You can start prepping for 2020! MLB released its 2020 schedule and here are some key dates to know. Opening Day, March 26: All 30 teams will open up on a Thursday in late March. At least MLB did a better job of..." August 12

  • MLB unveils 2020 schedule with 30-team Opening Day set for March 26

    The Score "Major League Baseball has announced the schedule for the 2020 season, which will officially begin with all 30 teams playing Thursday, March 26.  MLB Communications cataloged some noteworthy contests on next season's calendar, including the first game at the Texas..." August 12

  • 2020 Vesting Options Update

    MLB Trade Rumors "With over two-thirds of the 2019 season in the books, let’s check in to see how seven players are progressing towards possible vesting options in their contracts.  For those unfamiliar with the term, a vesting option is an agreed-upon threshold within a player’s contract..." August 12

  • Angels Release Jose Briceno

    MLB Trade Rumors "According to a morning announcement from the PR Department of the Angels, 26-year-old catcher Jose Briceno has been released from the organization following his waiver clearance. After a 46-game big league debut with the Anaheim-based club in 2018, Briceno had been stationed with the Salt Lake..." August 11

  • Mitch Keller on Mike Trout: 'I can go up against anybody' "Nine years ago, Mike Trout was not yet the best baseball player on the planet. He was an 18-year-old prospect tearing up the Midwest League with the Angels’ Class A affiliate in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The way he played then stood out to a 14-year-old Cedar Rapids native by the name of Mitch..." August 11

  • Angels’ Shohei Ohtani takes next step in return to the mound

    Sportsnaut "Two-way Los Angeles Angels star and reigning AL Rookie of the Year Shohei Ohtani took the next step in a return to the mound on Saturday. The Angels announced that Ohtani threw yet another bullpen session, getting up to 80 mph on the radar gun in the process. This is no..." August 10

  • Texas Rangers continue to shuffle farm, send minor league left-hander to Angels

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "The Texas Rangers are still making moves. Left-handed minor league pitcher Miguel Del Pozo was traded before Friday’s game to the Los Angeles Angles in exchange for cash. Del Pozo, 26, was 2-3 with a 5.12 ERA and 1.620 WHIP in 38 relief appearances for Triple-A..." August 10

  • Red Sox manager has interesting Mike Trout comparison

    Larry Brown Sports "Just when you thought that everything there was to say about Mike Trout had already been said, Alex Cora is coming in from the top rope. Speaking with reporters before their game against Trout’s Los Angeles Angels on Thursday, the Boston Red Sox manager had an interesting..." August 09

  • 6 Non-Tendered Players Who Could Be Re-Tendered This Fall

    MLB Trade Rumors "MLBTR is the hottest spot on the internet for all your arbitration needs! I know, I know … bold marketing statement. But it’s true. We take the arb process seriously in these parts, from essential arbitration projections to detailed breakdowns to in-time coverage of the..." August 08

  • Cubs sign Jonathan Lucroy

    Hardball Talk "In a move that seemed inevitable the moment Willson Contreras grabbed his hamstring last weekend the Cubs have signed free agent catcher Jonathan Lucroy. Lucroy, 33, was released by the Angels on Monday. he had batted just .242/.310/.371 over 74 games this year in..." August 07

  • 6 Hall of Famers Mike Trout Has Already Passed in WAR by His 28th Birthday

    12 Up "It's basically a baseball holiday today, because it's Mike Trout's 28th birthday! We all know just how amazing he is, but there's really no better way to celebrate than by recognizing that even at such a young age, he's already passed some standout Hall of..." August 07

  • Early Team-by-Team MLB Free-Agency Predictions Post-2019 Trade Deadline

    Bleacher Report "The MLB trade deadline is in the rearview. We're headed for the stretch run. Let's pause for a moment to gaze ahead at the upcoming free-agent market and predict the direction each team will take.  It's early, sure. But it's an interesting thought..." August 07

  • Re-Ranking MLB's Top 10 Lineups Post-Trade Deadline

    Bleacher Report "Pitching might win championships, but a sputtering offense can derail a title run just as quickly as an underperforming starting rotation or a porous bullpen. More than a few notable hitters changed teams at this year's trade deadline, while other squads have made in-house..." August 06

  • Cubs Have Reportedly Shown Interest In Jonathan Lucroy

    MLB Trade Rumors "The NL Central-leading Cubs are suddenly in an unfavorable position behind the plate, where they’ll go without injured star Willson Contreras for about a month. With the trade deadline having passed and short-lived Cubs reserve Martin Maldonado now a member of the..." August 06

  • Felix Pena Suffers Right Knee Sprain

    Los Angeles Times "Angels manager Brad Ausmus held a brief team meeting before batting practice Saturday, presumably to address the team’s sluggish play during an eight-game stretch in which the Angels lost six games. “I think our players are very focused, they go about their business the..." August 04

  • Angels place Andrelton Simmons, two others on IL

    Yardbarker "The Angels have lost three key contributors, announcing the IL placements of Andrelton Simmons, Griffin Canning and Félix Peña, reports Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register. To replace that trio on the active roster, the club has recalled Wilfredo Tovar,..." August 04