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  • MLB Announces Implementation Of Pitch Clock For Spring Training Games

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has formally announced the implementation of a 20-second pitch clock to be tested during Spring Training games. Jeff Passan of ESPN reportedminutes prior to the announcement that it’d be made today. Per the league’s announcement, there has been no decision..." February 22

  • MLBPA releases statement supporting New Era workers

    Hardball Talk "Earlier this week, Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle and his wife Eireann Dolan brought attention to a labor issue that likely would have flown under the radar. New Era, the official manufacturer of MLB caps, planned to close their factory in Derby New York, eliminating 219 union..." February 22

  • Strike looming for Major League Baseball? It's looking a like real possibility

    USA Today "It was cold and rainy Thursday morning in Phoenix, and the forecast from Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark was just as gloomy. It’s premature to talk about a strike until 2021, certainly no one is walking out of camp right now, and even..." February 22

  • Top International prospect Arol Vera agrees to sign with the Angels

    Halos Heaven "Turns out that 2026 could be a good year for the latest Eppler target. Why? Arol Vera is just 16 years old out of Venezuela. Talk about playing the long game. The signing window doesn’t officially open until July 2nd, but Vera has committed to signing with..." February 20

  • MLB putting new rules in place to curtail sign stealing, source says

    ESPN "Major League Baseball is putting new rules in place this season to guard against high-tech sign stealing, a source told ESPN's Jeff Passan, confirming an report. After several incidents of alleged stealing of catchers' signs last season, including during the..." February 20

  • Angels’ Justin Upton aims to be ready for Opening Day, not early spring training games

    Orange County Register "Justin Upton is in no hurry to get on the field in spring training, as he lets tendinitis in his knee calm down. Upton said he suffered the injury running in the offseason, and now he plans to “take it slow.” He said he isn’t expecting to be playing spring training..." February 20

  • Angels owner Arte Moreno says he is interested in purchasing Fox Sports outlets

    Los Angeles Times "The Dodgers own a television channel that provides year-round coverage of the team, but that channel is unavailable in much of the Los Angeles market. The Angels soon could get year-round coverage too, on a channel already included on every major cable and satellite provider in..." February 19

  • Mike Trout sidesteps questions about his future as he opens spring training with the Angels

    Orange County Register "As he begins what could be his penultimate spring training with the Angels, Mike Trout avoided the elephant in the room. Trout, whose contract expires after the 2020 season, would not directly answer questions on Monday about whether extension talks have begun or whether he wants to..." February 19

  • Angels owner Arte Moreno addresses team’s payroll, stadium and GM Billy Eppler

    Orange County Register "The Angels have a formula for determining their payroll and it has nothing to do with the luxury tax, contrary to the popular narrative. Owner Arte Moreno said Monday that the Angels base their budget on their revenue. “Typically for us, we allocate about 50 percent of..." February 19

  • Angels owner says team has not discussed Mike Trout extension

    Los Angeles Times "Angels owner Arte Moreno said Monday during his annual state-of-the-team report at Tempe Diablo Stadium that the team had internal discussions regarding the long-term future of outfielder Mike Trout but negotiations with the two-time American League MVP had not advanced. Trout, who..." February 18

  • Phillies fans keep asking Mike Trout to come to Philadelphia

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "With all the attention on Bryce Harper and Manny Machado this offseason, Phillies fans haven’t forgotten about Mike Trout. A few things stand out here. It’s clear that, despite all the distractions and the fact that Trout is not a free agent, Phillies fans won’t rest..." February 18

  • Angels star Mike Trout touts Philadelphia, says free agent freeze 'not good for baseball'

    USA Today "Mike Trout didn’t offer any glimpse Monday on whether he wants to stay with the Los Angeles Angels when his contract expires in two years, or even if he is having negotiations about a contract extension, but did let the unemployed free agent class know that Philadelphia is a wonderful..." February 18

  • Albert Pujols, Shohei Ohtani eyeing return for Opening Day

    ESPN "Albert Pujols joined Mike Trout for some on-field batting practice in one of the backfields of the Tempe Diablo Stadium complex at around 10:30 a.m. MT on Sunday, by which point Shohei Ohtani had already left the facility altogether. Pujols and Ohtani reside in noticeably different stages of..." February 17

  • Luke Bard signs minors deal with Angels

    CBS Sports "Bard signed a minor-league contract with the Angels on Saturday, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports. Bard spent time in Los Angeles last season, allowing seven runs in 11.2 innings after being selected from Minnesota in the Rule 5 draft. He was returned to the Twins..." February 16

  • Angels grooming Jared Walsh to be their next two-way player

    Orange County Register "A year ago, no one would have figured that Jared Walsh would be throwing a bullpen session in major-league camp as media members from both sides of the Pacific snapped pictures and shot video. A year ago, Walsh was just an outfielder and first baseman, a 39th-round draft pick getting..." February 15

  • Report: Angels enter mix for free agent Mike Moustakas

    The Score "A new team has apparently entered the Mike Moustakas sweepstakes. The Los Angeles Angels are in on the third baseman, reports MLB Network's Jon Heyman, who adds the Milwaukee Brewers, San Diego Padres, and Philadelphia Phillies are other..." February 15

  • Matt Harvey’s Angels tenure gets off to tough start

    New York Post "Matt Harvey has a pain in the butt. The former Met’s latest fresh start has already been stopped as Harvey will be down for a week and a half after suffering a strained glute Wednesday in agility drills, Angels manager Brad Ausmus told reporters Thursday. Harvey..." February 14

  • Matt Harvey gives honest assessment of his past few seasons

    Larry Brown Sports "A lot has changed for Matt Harvey since the end of the 2015 season. Once regarded as one of the game’s best pitchers, he’s now on his third organization and struggling to recapture the old magic. Now with the Los Angeles Angels, Harvey offered a pretty scathing assessment..." February 13

  • Baseball players are not overpaid

    USA Today "I feel like I keep writing about Bryce Harper and Manny Machado in this space, and I apologize for repeating myself so much already. But with the NFL season over, the NBA season in its lull between the trade deadline and the playoff run, the NHL almost entirely..." February 13

  • MLBPA head Tony Clark rips rumored free agent contract specifics, says they come from 'obvious agenda'

    CBS Sports "For the second consecutive offseason, free agency has been incredibly slow and this time around, it feels like far too many contending teams with deep pockets are sitting out. We've started to see some grumbles from players like Jake Arrieta, Justin..." February 12

  • Orioles ink Eric Young Jr. to Minors deal "The Orioles' crowded outfield mix gained another member on Monday when the team signed veteran Eric Young Jr. to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training. Young, 33, has played parts of 10 seasons with the Rockies, Mets, Braves, Yankees and Angels,..." February 11

  • Manfred: No DH in the National League until at least 2022

    Hardball Talk "The stuff that came out the other day about the National League possibly adopting the Designated Hitter soon? Forget it: Commissioner Rob Manfred said today that expanding the DH is something that’ll have to wait until the next Collective Bargaining Agreement, which — barring an..." February 08

  • MLB Opposed To Near-Term Adoption Of Universal DH

    MLB Trade Rumors "MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said today at the owners’ meetings that the league is not interested in considering certain union-proposed changes in advance of the 2019 season, as Ronald Blum of the AP reports. In particular, Manfred indicated he is not open to the introduction of the..." February 08

  • Los Angeles Angels ink reliever Daniel Hudson to minor league deal

    Orange County Register "The Angels added an experienced reliever Friday by agreeing to a minor league deal with veteran Daniel Hudson, according to a source. Hudson, who spent last season with the Dodgers, will earn $1.5 million if he makes the team and he can earn another $1.5 million in..." February 08

  • The universal DH makes sense, and it's time for the National League to make the switch

    CBS Sports "The Major League Baseball Players Association is reportedly pushing to add a designated hitter to National League rosters as soon as this season, one of several eye-opening changes being batted around by the union, and MLB. Per reports by Jeff Passan of ESPN and Ken..." February 07

  • Angels Sign Ty Kelly

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Angels have added utilityman Ty Kelly on a minors deal, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports on Twitter .The agreement does not come with a spring invite, Robert Murray of The Athletic adds on Twitter. Kelly, 30, has found his way to the majors in each..." February 06

  • MLB's free agency freeze is an embarrassment for baseball

    USA Today "The baseball equipment and uniforms have been packed, the trucks are rolling on the highways, and in just a few days, spring training camps open in Florida and Arizona. While local TV crews have breathlessly showed clips and soundbites of team equipment trucks leaving their snowy..." February 06

  • Which MLB teams are actually trying to win in 2019?

    USA Today "Baseball has lurched to the one-week mark until almost every spring training camp opens, and of course you’re well-aware dozens of unsigned players won’t be walking through those doors. But never mind the unknown destinations of Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and a..." February 06

  • Sources: MLB and players discussing rule changes that could alter game

    ESPN "Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are discussing potentially drastic changes to the on-field game and economic landscape of the sport in the middle of a..." February 06

  • MLBPA not expected to host free agent camp this year

    SNY TV "With less than two weeks before pitchers and catchers report to spring training, dozens and dozens of quality major league free agents remain jobless. But there are no plans for the Players' Association to repeat last year's experiment with a training camp for unsigned..." February 04

  • Trout could pass these legends in WAR this year "In 2018, a former star outfielder for the Angels was inducted into the Hall of Fame. A current star outfielder for the Angels then blew past him on the all-time leaderboard for Baseball-Reference's wins above replacement (WAR). The first, of course, was Vladimir Guerrero, who..." February 03

  • Shohei Ohtani will not be ready for Opening Day

    Hardball Talk " Angels general manager Billy Eppler told reporters on Thursday that Shohei Ohtani will not be ready for Opening Day. Not the biggest shock in the world given that he had Tommy John surgery in October, but it’s not like the rehab for coming back to just hit, as..." February 01

  • How it can all go right (or wrong) for Kole Calhoun in 2019

    Halos Heaven "Kole Calhoun’s story from terrible start to rebound poster child was well documented during his 2018 season. A retooled swing during his stint on the “DL” was credited with helping turn his season around. The reality is that Calhoun climbed a mountain and..." January 31

  • Should an MLB star mimic Anthony Davis and help make trade demands more common in baseball?

    CBS Sports "If you're a New Orleans Pelicans fan today, you're heartbroken. Anthony Davis, the best player in franchise history and one of the best in the NBA, announced (through his agent) that he wants to be traded. By asking for a trade, Davis asserted a level of autonomy that we..." January 29

  • MLB, Nike Announce 10-Year Uniform, Merchandise Contract

    Bleacher Report "Major League Baseball and Nike agreed to a 10-year deal Friday that will make Nike the league's official on-field apparel and merchandise designer beginning in 2020. According to Eben Novy-Williams of Bloomberg, MLB and Under Armour originally agreed to a..." January 25

  • Head of MLBPA Tony Clark says slow free-agent periods are a 'threat to our game'

    Yahoo! Sports "The Major League Baseball Players Association is tired of seeing good MLB players sit on the free-agent market unsigned. Tony Clark, head of the MLBPA, spoke out Thursday, telling the Associated Press the slow free-agent periods have become a major “threat to our..." January 25

  • Bill James' Hall of Fame Leaderboard for Active Players Contains One Shocking Name

    12 Up "Now that we know who is part of the 2019 Hall of Fame class, it's fun to look at current players who are instantly destined for Cooperstown and those who have a decidedly more meandering path to the Hall. The godfather of sabermetrics, Bill James, has his own top-10..." January 23

  • MLB now trying to get minor leaguers exempted from minimum wage law at the state level

    Hardball Talk "In recent years, Major League Baseball spent significant amounts of money lobbying Congress to exempt minor leaguers from the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938. They succeeded last year, as minor leaguers are now considered seasonal workers and as such are not owed minimum wage or..." January 23

  • Athletics Claim Parker Bridwell

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Athletics have claimed righty Parker Bridwell off waivers from the Angels, per a club announcement. He had recently been designated for assignment. " January 22

  • The only thing getting warmer on baseball’s tepid hot stove is the tension

    Washington Post "The stories began appearing three winters ago and accelerated in pace in the winter of 2017-18: Some of the richest teams in baseball appeared to be getting their financial houses in order, trimming payroll, clearing space and getting under the luxury tax threshold, all in apparent preparation..." January 22

  • Angels count on a healthy Tyler Skaggs to lead the pitching staff

    Los Angeles Times "Twice a week, Tyler Skaggs lays his body flush against a yoga mat and reaches for rubber therapy balls. Sometimes he sets them underneath his shoulders to nurture the deltoid that keys his livelihood. Other times, he places them between his thighs, focusing a mobility exercise on tissues that..." January 22

  • Dodgers, Giants among teams targeting Josh Harrison

    The Score "A lack of interest isn't why versatile infielder/outfielder Josh Harrison hasn't inked a contract for 2019 yet. The Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Angels, Philadelphia Phillies, and Tampa Bay Rays are all eyeing the 31-year-old, Jon Heyman of Fancred..." January 20

  • If MLB Implements a Significant Rule Change in 2019, It Will Be a Pitch Clock

    SI "No proposed rules change would improve baseball’s pace of action issue more than a pitch clock, which is why Major League Baseball officials prioritized getting a pitch clock for the 2019 season at a meeting with Players Association officials Monday. The union, which has been cool to the..." January 18

  • Angels reach one-year deal with Cody Allen to be closer next season

    ESPN "Free-agent reliever Cody Allen agreed to a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels, league sources told ESPN, filling a void in the back end of their bullpen after a half-decade closing for the Cleveland Indians. Allen had been discussing short-term deals in the..." January 18

  • Phillies Want to Pair Mike Trout with Bryce Harper

    Bleacher Report "The Philadelphia Phillies are reportedly trying to maintain financial flexibility with an eye toward a serious push to sign Los Angeles Angels superstar outfielder Mike Trout, who can become a free agent following the 2020 MLB season. On Wednesday, Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated..." January 17

  • Pitcher and catcher report days, full squad workout days announced for all 30 teams

    Hardball Talk "The first Spring Training workout dates, both for pitchers and catchers and for full squads, has been released for all 30 of the Major League clubs. I find that rather weird given that there are scores and scores of players who don’t have jobs yet, but I guess a schedule is a..." January 17

  • Report: Phillies to Make 'Big Play' for Mike Trout in Free Agency

    Sports Talk Philly "Could Philadelphia Phillies Managing Partner John Middleton's pledge to spend "stupid money" extend beyond this offseason? The Phillies — "regardless who they sign this winter" — will make a "big play" for seven-time All-Star and..." January 16

  • Report: Mike Trout Extension With Angels Now 'Unlikely'

    12 Up "Mike Trout has been an absolute superstar for the Los Angeles Angels.  Since his rookie year in 2012, Trout has been named an All-Star seven times, AL MVP twice, and won six Silver Slugger Awards. To say he is the face of the franchise would be an absolute understatement, but all..." January 16

  • Inside the wild, wonky world of MLB salary arbitration

    ESPN "With $3 million at stake, the Boston Red Sox wanted to create the most compelling argument possible against Mookie Betts without alienating or insulting him. So last January, as they tried to convince a three-person arbitration panel that Betts deserved the $7.5 million..." January 11

  • Today’s arbitration deadline could mean more than it usually does

    Hardball Talk "There’s an offseason deadline today that, in the past, you may not have thought much about but which, this year, is a bit more important. It’s the deadline by which teams and arbitration-eligible players who were tendered a contract back on November 30 must exchange salary..." January 11