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Garrett, checking in on your tracker (which needs an update) after today's news. Looking to get your spin on how Fister can get traded without the Angels going all out to get him first because what the Nationals gave up to get him was not a whole lot. Certainly Kendrick (or even Green or Romine) are better 2Bman than Lombardozzi, and any combo of Boshers, Carson or Roth could easily have matched the lefty relievers Detroit got in Krol and Ray. The trade value Detroit got for Fister seems waaaaay too low. Any idea if Dipoto even knew Fister was available that cheaply? The market is certainly shrinking fast!
3 days, 3 hours ago on LA Angels offseason rumor tracker
Nice article and thanks for clarity on the Angels cap situation over the next few years. I've been worried they were in a cap-pickle and would end up losing Trout. This article makes it seem at least more likely they should be able to keep him.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on The Angels, the luxury tax and Mike Trout's contract extension
You are right, Trumbo's .299 OBP is really bad. The more telling stat though is to look a little at their career SO/BB numbers. Thome's average was 116 SO/79 BB (1.47 SO/BB). Trumbo's is 116 SO/ 29 BB (4.0 SO/BB). There lies the rub, Trumbo's SO's per year are an identical match to Thome's, even their BA's are very similar (Thome: .276 to Trumbo's .250). The problem is Trumbo doesn't take walks very well. This would seem to imply that Trumbo just needs to improve his strike zone recognition and quiet his bat down a little. No doubt new hitting coach Baylor should help him tremedously in those areas.
BTW, Thome in his first 1647 ABs hit 93 HRs (17.7 AB/HR). Trumbo in his first 1718 ABs has 95 HRs (18.1 AB/HR), yet another close comparison. Barring a straight up trade for Price with TB, Angels need to keep Trumbo!
1 month ago on Angels Free Agency Primer: Starting Pitcher
I guess I'm an Angels' homer because I see Kendrick and Trumbo both being quality, A+ type players, each capable of bringing at least one hot prospect back in trade. Yet in your last paragraph you state "Trumbo/Bourjos" (probably Bourjos) might not be." Ok, I can agree not Bourjos because he can't stay healthy, but Trumbo can be that middle of the line-up bat for the next 7-10 years that many teams covet. I recall many years ago the "expert" prognosticators complaining about the holes in Jim Thome's swing too, but when all was said and done the guy was at the very least a borderline hall of famer. Trumbo is that type of player and the Angels will spend a decade regretting the move if they don't get top-shelf pitching in return for him.
Gotta agree CK, Baylor could end up being Sosh's replacement if 2014 ends up being de ja vu' all over again, eh Dipoto?
1 month, 1 week ago on A look at Don Baylor's effectiveness as hitting coach
Trumbo, Bourjos & Kendrick to Tampa for Price (if the Angels can negotiate a long term contract with Price before the trade is consummated).
1 month, 1 week ago on Angels Free Agency Primer: First Base
Me thinks Arte has been pacing outside the TB Rays clubhouse door waiting for them to lose one of these "one or done" games so he could offer Maddon a king's ransom to come back to the Angels after 31 years in the organization. But now, since it's going to be quite a bit longer before the Rays off-season begins, Arte is trying to find a tuned in psychologist for help. So Garrett, at your day job, are there any couches?
2 months ago on An amateur psychologist determines who the Angels will fire
@ncheelsfan Exactly, well said!
3 months ago on Peter King's MMQB website won't use the term 'Redskins'
Personally I am not offended by the name, but I am not a native Indian either. Perhaps there should be a national poll taken with only native indians able to participate. If those who are being theorized as being offended in fact are, then it's past time to change the name. If not, then let's move on to another subject, like....
How come it's alright to have BET (Black Entertainment Channel) when I'm quite sure it would be squashed in two seconds if someone tried to start up a WET (White Entertainment Channel)? And please don't come back with some stupid porn-related answer because of the the acronym, this is a valid question.
The real question regarding these and similar subjects we debate is: Are we as a society trying too hard to over-compensate for past prejudices and sins and in fact now swinging the pendulum too far in the opposite direction? For at least two decades now it seems the 'minority voice' has become the directors of the moral compass of society, regardless of whether the subject be about removing God from our schools, promoting gay rights, or removal of perceived derogatory labels.
This country was founded on Judeo-Christian principals and, like it or not, believe in them or not, that foundation was the rock that this country was founded on and was once the very fiber of our government and educational system. But that was the past. Now as a nation, the small, disagreeing minority opposed to those principles has pulled those very fibers out of the fabric of this nation, one at a time, until it has become what it is now, an old tattered cloth, barely resembling it's original design or beauty.
Over and over history has shown the fall of many great nations and each the cause has been remarkably similar, the slow removal and disintegration of the very fibers that made those nations great. Sir Edmond Burke's was once quoted, “Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it." Yet, mankind never seems to learn.
Oh yeah, with the starters above, I am proposing the Angels bring back Joe Saunders.
1 year ago on How screwed are the Angels if they lose Zack Greinke?
I can't see taking on another mega-contract being the wise move, even if it is Greinke. Weaver, Wilson, Saunders, Richards, & Williams would all keep the Angels in games. With the weapons on offense the team has, that should be enough. Now if Price became available, I take the gamble and trade Bourjos and Cron to the Rays to get him, then bring Hunter back to fill out the OF. Now, if only the Rays would take Wells........
I like the idea of Eric Chavez coming aboard for the Angels. Though his bat has greatly diminished from his early days in Oakland, the Angels really don't need a lot of power from him. It would be nice to have read more about his defense prowess/limits compared to Callaspo.
Speaking of Callaspo, I've never been all on board with him in the lineup, but I must say he's been a very consistent, serviceable 3Bman in a sport that is lacking quality 3B, hat's off to him for working at his trade to earn the spot. If I had a son with interest in becoming a BB player, I would first point him to the mound and if that didn't work, then point him to 3B where opportunities to standout appear plentiful.
Funny, after typing that I realize there is already someone in the Angels system who started on the mound and is now mastering the craft of a 3Bman, Kaleb Cowart. For me, Callaspo will due until he's ready.
1 year, 1 month ago on LA Angels free agency primer: Corner infield
What about Armista at SS until Segura can wrestle it away from him? Let an up and coming player earn a position for a change rather than anointing them before they ever earn it. That just leads to 'can't miss' prospects failing as we've seen too many times in the Big A.
1 year, 8 months ago on Halo Headlines: Abreu's attitude improving, Trumbo continues to be work in progress at third base, Angels set the roster | April
Good article. I like waiting until the 2nd round to take a CB, because Richardson just has way too much upside to pass up. With him, the offense is pretty much good to go and the rest of the draft they can concentrate on defense. Though an upgrade at TE would be nice too, Perhaps the new coaches see something in Locker worth developing.
1 year, 8 months ago on Time for Mark Dominik to Earn His Money
Playoff participating coaches have not yet been interviewed that we know of, none are even rumored to being considered. However, I would suggest New Orleans Saints' offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael, he's been Brees QB coach and now OC for the last 6 years, as consistently good as that offense has been over that time period, he should be considered. Plus there is the added bonus of a Bucs gain and Saints loss.
1 year, 10 months ago on Tampa Bay Buccaneers coaching search going slowly, patiently, thoroughly | January
Way too much criticism of this team going around the net. They are the youngest team in the league, with the youngest head coach and general manager. I say give them another year to grow. After all, the measure of a man is not how he falls, but how he gets back on feet after falling! I believe this team will mature a lot over this off season and plug in to a whole preseason next year.
1 year, 11 months ago on Even if Raheem Morris goes, Mark Dominik will be the one with the orders. | November
GoHalos Agreed, a lot of the guys were pressing last year and it cost them at least 12-15 games. With Albert in the lineup, they should pick up 10 games easy and that puts them right at the top of the division. Rangers have to have a hangover after two seasons of coming up short, especially after coming within 1 strike twice this past season. I look for Aybar/Borjous to share lead-off, followed by Kendrick, Hunter, Pujols, Morales/Wells (depending on Kendrys health), Trumbo, Ianetta, Callaspo, Borjous/Aybar. Should be fun to watch. Depending on matchups, Morales, Wells, Trumbo, Hunter & Pujols will all rotate in and out of the lineup sharing their primary defensive positions and DH. Abreu will become a bench player.
1 year, 11 months ago on The Curious Conundrum of Torii Hunter and the Multi-Year Contract | December