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  • Four Solid Landing Spots for Gio Gonzalez

    The Big Lead "Gio Gonzalez opted out of his contract with the Yankees over the weekend, making himself the hottest starting pitcher on the market right now (sorry, Dallas Keuchel). With a career 3.69 ERA, Gonzalez isn’t going to make or break a contender’s chances, but he can come in..." April 22

  • Angels successfully employ an 'opener,' and they'll use it again

    Los Angeles Times "Looking to ease pressure on an underachieving starting rotation, Angels manager Brad Ausmus employed reliever Hansel Robles as an “opener” against the Seattle Mariners on Sunday and replaced the right-hander with original starter Jaime Barria in the second inning. Robles,..." April 22

  • Shohei Ohtani wears large robot-like brace while running bases

    Larry Brown Sports "Shohei Ohtani appears to have gotten an upgrade to his operating system. The Los Angeles Angels star took the field Saturday sporting a large protective brace on his right elbow that made him look cyborg-like. Maria Torres of the LA Times shared video, which included Ohtani briefly..." April 21

  • Pujols jumps Ruth for 5th place with 1,993 RBIs

    ESPN "Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols surpassed Babe Ruth for fifth place in baseball history with his 1,993rd career RBI. Pujols passed the Babe in the ninth inning on Saturday night with a solo homer to center field off Anthony Swarzak, though the Angels lost to the Seattle..." April 21

  • Angels’ Justin Bour embarrassed by ‘Little League’ mistake

    Larry Brown Sports "Justin Bour has now been a part of two of the stranger baserunning plays in MLB this season, though his latest reflected poorly upon him and left him embarrassed. Bour was batting with one out and a runner on first in the bottom of the 8th inning Friday night with his Los Angeles..." April 20

  • Struggling MLB Players Already in Danger of Getting Benched

    Bleacher Report "Midway through April, we're still in the very early stages of the 2019 MLB season. However, for players who are off to particularly terrible starts, it might already be time for teams to start weighing their potential replacement options. Whether it's a young player..." April 19

  • Shohei Ohtani to take batting practice with Angels for first time

    Larry Brown Sports "Shohei Ohtani is getting closer and closer to a return for the Los Angeles Angels. Ohtani has been cleared to participate in batting practice and will join his team on the field Friday, marking his first time doing so all season.

  • It’s getting really ugly for Matt Harvey

    New York Post "Viewed one way, Matt Harvey threw four pretty solid innings. Viewed as anyone outside the Angels would, Harvey had another bad night. The former Mets star still has not quite gotten off the mat, letting up five runs (four earned) on five hits and one walk in 4 1/3 innings in a 5-4..." April 18

  • Ohtani won't need rehab stint before rejoining Angels as DH

    The Score "Shohei Ohtani's first game action of 2019 will come in a Los Angeles Angels uniform. Ohtani, who's closing in on a return as a designated hitter following offseason Tommy John surgery, won't require a minor-league rehab assignment before resuming his major-league career,..." April 16

  • Stunning study shows MLB umps got 32K calls wrong in 2018

    Sportsnaut "If you’re a proponent of robot umps taking over at the MLB level, then a new study put together by graduate students at Boston University will strengthen your stance. The information garnered by this study, which evaluated nearly four million pitches over the span of..." April 16

  • Angels’ Shohei Ohtani gets positive news from latest check-up

    Orange County Register "Shohei Ohtani had a follow-up appointment on Monday and was cleared to begin facing live pitching in about a week, bringing his return to the lineup a step closer. “All is good,” Manager Brad Ausmus said Monday afternoon. “Everything came back good. The doctor was..." April 16

  • Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs goes on IL with sprained ankle

    Orange County Register "The Angels got Mike Trout back but lost Tyler Skaggs on Monday. While Trout returned to the lineup for the first time since last Tuesday, after nursing a sore right hamstring, Skaggs was placed on the injured list with a sprained left ankle. Skaggs played catch on Monday..." April 16

  • Mike Trout to rejoin Angels on Monday

    Hardball Talk "Angels outfielder Mike Trout, absent for the last five days due to a groin injury, will rejoin the team ahead of a three-game series with the Rangers in Texas beginning on Monday, ESPN reports. Trout underwent an ultrasound, which the Angels said “showed further..." April 15

  • Mike Trout will join team in Texas, could return against Rangers

    CBS Sports "Angels center fielder Mike Trout, who's off to a legendary start in 2019, hasn't played since April 9 because of groin injury. The Angels recently raised the possibility that Trout would return to the field by Monday. The club provided a more detailed update on..." April 14

  • Angels-Cubs game postponed due to inclement weather

    Sporting News "Fans eager to watch the Cubs play the Angels will have to wait. Sunday afternoon's series finale between the two clubs has been postponed due to snowy weather in Chicago. According to the Cubs, a makeup date has yet to be announced, but fans who retain their ticket..." April 14

  • Joe Maddon wants Trout to be MLB's logo: He could be our Jerry West

    The Score "Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout is sitting out his team's series at Wrigley Field due to a groin injury, but the Chicago Cubs are still thinking about the superstar this weekend. Cubs manager Joe Maddon shared his appreciation Friday for the two-time American League MVP,..." April 13

  • Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout to Miss Series Against the Cubs

    Chicago Sun-Times "Cubs fans will have to wait ’til next time to see baseball’s biggest star, Mike Trout, at Wrigley Field. Before the series opener Tuesday, the Angels announced that Trout stayed back in Los Angeles to nurse his strained right groin. He’s expected to be re-evaluated..." April 13

  • Mike Trout sits out again

    Hardball Talk "Mike Trout is out of the Angels’ lineup again today. Trout tweaked his right groin Tuesday, sat on Wednesday and the Angels were off yesterday. It was hoped the two days of rest would be enough, but the Angels are being understandably cautious. In part, no doubt, because..." April 12

  • Jaime Barria is no longer with the big league club

    Halos Heaven "Wednesday afternoon, the Angels recalled starter Jaime Barria to the majors. Barria, 22, made his major league debut in 2018, pitching 129.1 innings with a 3.41 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. He provided depth to the snake-bitten 2018 team. After the Angels..." April 11

  • The IRS gives baseball teams a break

    Hardball Talk "April 15 is quickly approaching so here’s one for all the tax nerds out there: the IRS issued new guidance today that will give professional sports teams some relief from a new twist presented by the tax law enacted in 2017. The relevant provision related to how businesses are..." April 11

  • Shohei Ohtani ready to ramp up his rehab

    Larry Brown Sports "Shohei Ohtani is feeling good in his rehab and ready to ramp things up. The Los Angeles Angels two-way player is recovering from offseason Tommy John surgery that will prevent him from pitching this season. But he is working his way back so he can contribute to the team as a..." April 10

  • Forbes: Yankees remain baseball's most valuable team at $4.6B, $1.3B more than Dodgers

    Yahoo! Sports "The New York Yankees are the most valuable team in Major League Baseball, according to Forbes’ list of team values released Wednesday. If there’s déjà vu you’re feeling, it’s because the Yankees have sat atop the rankings every year Forbes..." April 10

  • Angels, Parker Bridwell Agree To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Angels have agreed to a minor league contract with right-hander Parker Bridwell, according to multiple reports (including Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic, on Twitter). It’ll be his third stint with the Halos organization. Presumably, he’ll eventually find his way to..." April 10

  • Mike Trout Day-to-Day After Groin Injury Diagnosed as Strain

    Bleacher Report "The Los Angeles Angels announced center fielder Mike Trout was removed from Tuesday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers with a right groin strain and is considered day-to-day.   Trout has been MLB's gold standard since he..." April 10

  • The three-batter minimum is coming to MLB in 2020, and some relievers are opposed to the rule change

    CBS Sports "One of baseball's recent true norths -- to invent a plural form -- is that commissioner Rob Manfred will tinker at the margins in order to improve pace of play, at least notionally, and re-calibrate a game that, according to sturdy consensus, has become too infested with..." April 09

  • Trump's scuttling of MLB-Cuba deal means defections, human trafficking will continue

    USA Today "So much for Cuban players not having to defect to play in the majors. When the Trump administration abruptly cancelled Major League Baseball’s landmark agreement with the Cuban Baseball Federation, it guaranteed the dangerous practice will continue. Players..." April 09

  • Christian Yelich tips cap to Mike Trout after being robbed of home run

    Larry Brown Sports "Christian Yelich had nothing else to do but tip his cap after being bested by his fellow MVP on Monday night. Yelich drove a pitch from Los Angeles Angels starter Trevor Cahill deep to center to lead off the top of the third. Trout went back and robbed Yelich of a potential home..." April 09

  • Trout is having a season for the baseball gods "There's something of an old joke in baseball analytics circles that goes like this: "Q: How long into the season must you wait before it's no longer too early to look at the Wins Above Replacement leaderboards?" "A: When Mike Trout is atop..." April 08

  • Trout wins Player of the Week for 1st time in 4 years

    The Score "Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout was named the American League Player of the Week for the first time in four years on Monday. Trout last earned the award in July 2015. The 27-year-old homered five times during a four-game span against the Texas Rangers and finished..." April 08

  • Scott Boras calls young players’ contract extensions “snuff contracts”

    Hardball Talk "Mid-February marked the beginning of contract extension season in baseball. Since February 13, 25 contract extensions have been signed, notably by many young players including Ronald Acuña Jr., Blake Snell, and Eloy Jiménez. Acuña Jr. and Snell were last year’s..." April 08

  • Rangers, Angels game delayed by swarm of bees in bullpen

    Sportsnaut "Midway through Sunday’s game in Anaheim between the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels, a swarm of bees interrupted things and caused players to scamper. The bees invaded the bullpen area and started attacking the pitchers and catchers inside. This prompted a delay..." April 07

  • Mike Trout giving Rangers’ manager ‘nightmares’

    Larry Brown Sports "Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout so thoroughly dominated the Texas Rangers in the first three games of their weekend series that manager Chris Woodward will be seeing him in his nightmares. Trout has homered in every game against Texas so far. On Friday, he homered twice, and..." April 07

  • Pujols: Cardinals' handling of talks led to '12 exit

    ESPN "A reflective Albert Pujols says it was the way the Los Angeles Angels showed they cared that led him to join the team seven years ago. Pujols addressed his 2012 decision to sign with the Angels over the St. Louis Cardinals in an interview on "In Depth with Graham Bensinger,"..." April 07

  • MRI on Andrelton Simmons’ back is clean

    Larry Brown Sports "The 1-6 Los Angeles Angels got some good news on Friday. An MRI on Andrelton Simmons’ back came back clean and the shortstop is feeling well after receiving treatment, according to The Athletic’s Fabian Ardaya. Simmons left Thursday’s loss to the Texas..." April 06

  • Shohei Ohtani feels he can be ready to return this month

    Larry Brown Sports "There is good news on the Shohei Ohtani injury recovery front. Ohtani spoke with the media on Thursday and said that he feels like he could be ready to return later this month. Though Ohtani thinks he could be ready within weeks, the Los Angeles Angels are making the..." April 04

  • Long Beach plans to woo Angels, and arena might be demolished

    Los Angeles Times "The Long Beach Arena might be the most colorful building along that city’s waterfront, with paintings of whales frolicking along the circular exterior. The arena has made its mark on Southern California sports history, as the first home of the Los Angeles Kings, and as the venue where the..." April 04

  • has inexplicably made it more difficult to find, watch, and share highlights

    Awful Announcing "I was taken aback this week when I attempted to watch highlights on For some reason, they got rid of the damn search bar. It’s absurd. Previously, if you clicked on the videos tab, you would see a page of the most popular recent videos, with an easy to..." April 03

  • What we mean when we say $100 million is a ‘bargain’

    Hardball Talk "The first response I usually get to a post like our post about the Ronald Acuña Jr. extension — a post which notes that the Braves are getting an extraordinary bargain for a supremely talented player — is “So what? It’s their choice? No one forced them..." April 02

  • Albert Pujols shows why he’s considered Angels’ ‘best baserunner’ at age 39

    Los Angeles Times "At 39 years old, Angels designated hitter Albert Pujols isn’t as agile as he was 10 years ago, when he won consecutive National League most valuable player awards from 2008 to 2009 and hit at least 44 doubles in each of those seasons. But his instincts on the base paths..." April 02

  • Angels get good news on Andrew Heaney, who will resume throwing in 7-10 days

    Orange County Register "The Angels got relatively good news on Andrew Heaney’s sore elbow on Monday. Tests showed just “chronic changes,” which amounts to normal wear, according to General Manager Billy Eppler. Heaney received a cortisone shot, just as he did when missing the..." April 02

  • Justin Upton To Miss Eight To Twelve Weeks

    ESPN "Los Angeles Angels left fielder Justin Upton, the man entrusted with batting behind Mike Trout, is expected to miss up to three months because of a turf toe injury. Upton suffered a hyper extension of his left big toe during what initially seemed like a minor collision with the..." March 30

  • Angels' blueprint to reach the postseason for first time since 2014

    Los Angeles Times "Center fielder Mike Trout is signed long term, but the reality is the Angels will struggle to compete in 2019 unless the bets they placed during the offseason find value where other teams have not. Projections forecast the Angels to win 80 to 85 games. If..." March 28

  • Andrew Heaney Headed For Elbow Examination

    MLB Trade Rumors "Angels lefty Andrew Heaney is headed for a medical examination after experiencing elbow discomfort, as’s Rhett Bollinger was among those to report (Twitterlinks). He had been working back from elbow problems this spring. This is hardly the news the Halos hoped..." March 28

  • Trout suffers leg cramp, escapes serious injury

    ESPN "Mike Trout, playing in his first regular-season game under his record $426.5 million contract, had an injury scare on the most routine of plays in the Los Angeles Angels' season opener against the Oakland Athletics. Taking second base on a fielding error by A's center fielder..." March 28

  • Shohei Ohtani taking BP for first time since Tommy John surgery

    Sportsnaut "While recovery from Tommy John surgery is keeping Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani from playing on Opening Day, he is taking a big step forward. Citing manager Brad Ausmus, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reported on Thursday that Ohtani is taking live batting practice..." March 28

  • This Stat Shows How Utterly Out Of Control Defensive Shifts In MLB Are

    NESN "Defensive shifts used to be rare occurrences reserved for only the most-notable left-handed pull hitters in Major League Baseball. Oh, how times have changed. As advanced stats have taken a larger role in the day-to-day workings of baseball, and every manager in the game has..." March 28

  • Angels Option Jaime Barria to Triple-A and Release Dan Jennings

    Halos Heaven "The Angels continued to trim their roster down mere hours before they finalize their 25-man rosters. Via the Angels PR twitter account, the club has optioned right-handed pitcher Jaime Barria to Triple-A and released left-handed pitcher Dan Jennings. This..." March 27

  • Angels To Sign Sam Freeman

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Angels have agreed to a contract with lefty Sam Freeman, according to reports. Details of the deal are not yet known. Freeman, 31, was just cut loose by the Braves. He had been tendered a $1.375MM contract by the Atlanta organization and received 45 days of that as severance..." March 27

  • Angels Designate Jesus Castillo For Assignment

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Angels announced their previously reported waiver claim of outfielder Brian Goodwin, adding that they’ve designated right-hander Jesus Castillo for assignment in order to open space on the 40-man roster. Castillo originally came to the Angels in the 2016 trade that sent..." March 27

  • Angels Claim Brian Goodwin Off Release Waivers

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Angels have claimed outfielder Brian Goodwin off release waivers from the Royals, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports (on Twitter). It’s not especially common for players to be claimed off release waivers, and Goodwin will technically have the option to reject the claim (as is a..." March 27