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Geez Trout hasn't started pulling the ball yet? Imagine the leap his power numbers could take if he starts pulling a few over the left field wall
1 month, 1 week ago on Halo Headlines: Keith Law's top 10 Angels prospects, will the Angels add another starting pitcher?
This is the same thing I've been preaching over at Halos Heaven. While he's not Scherzer or maybe even Lester, I'd go after Masterson, don't think he'll command anything like Scherzer or Lester.
1 month, 1 week ago on Angels want to win now, but have to remember to win later too
Love the Galan signing! They signed another kid from the Dominican named Anderson Motilla supposedly but I can't find anything on him. But it's a good thing to see the Angels back in the Latin market (Natanael Delgado, Ricardo Sanchez, and now Galan)
1 month, 1 week ago on Halo Headlines: ZiPS projects monster season for Trout, Angels preach patience with free agency
I predict that Jonah Keri is wrong
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Halo Headlines: Dipoto explains lack of pursuit of Tanaka, predicting what the Angels do next
I completely agree, glad to see the Yanks continue to make stupid decisions. Tanaka, Ellsbury, McCann, Tex, A-Rod, and Sabathia in a few years is going to look rough. Worse than Hamilton and Pujols
1 month, 2 weeks ago on The Angels didn't get Tanaka and that's OK
You forget that the thing that counts toward the tax threshold is the AAV of a contract, not what the player earns per year. I agree I think the Angels should do both and could very well do both with the big tv deal. Sign Tanaka this off-season to add to the rotation and go a couple million over the tax threshold. Extensions after opening day don't count towards the tax threshold so maybe the Angels are waiting on something like that to happen before locking him up. We have Wells, Blanton, and possibly Burnett coming off the books next year. The year after that you have Iannetta, Kendrick, and Freese off the books. Year after that is the time where we get so much payroll flexibility it Tanaka and a Trout extension won't matter, we have Weaver, Wilson, Aybar, Smith, Jepsen, Frieri, and Salas all leaving. It comes down to Arte being willing to pay the tax penalty for a few years until the 2017 season
2 months, 1 week ago on Signing Tanaka, extending Trout and mutual exclusivity
3 months, 1 week ago on Stephen Curry will miss Stephen Curry Bobblehead Night with a concussion
With Howie in his primes years, I expect him get his OBP around .340 (.335 last year.) A healthy Freese and Pujols should have OBP's anywhere from .350-.370, Hamilton should have a mid .300 OBP (hit much better in the second half .341 OBP in the second half.) Calhoun has All-Star potential in my opinion. Iannetta and Trout will lead the way in OBP again. Only weak links in terms of OBP will probably be Aybar
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Kole Calhoun, David Freese and the Magic .340
Have you listened to the lyrics of Buttercup? I'm not on the same hatred level as other fans but the lyrics are talking about building one up, just to break them down
Kind of negative when you're trying to win a game, or it reflects the Angels bullpen the last couple years
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Cutting the fat in 2014
Overpay? In the state of the free agent market these days, it's almost not impossible to overpay. I love the deal, nowhere near as bad as what Nathan, Balfour, or Benoit will get
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Angels add good talent in reliever Joe Smith, but overpay to do it
3 months, 2 weeks ago on TRADE: Angels swap Peter Bourjos for David Freese
There are some tweets coming out saying that the Angels are interested in Bronson Arroyo, sheesh. Arroyo looks like a Blanton 2.0 in my opinion, Angels need to focus on getting some groundball pitchers with Richards. They tried the flyball, big ball park, experiment last season
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Monkeying around with the Angels' lukewarm stove
The bench was dreadful last year at best. Angels definitely need to look into beefing it up. Shuck being a 4th outfielder, and by 4th outfielder I mean backup left fielder, will help. I think Bourjos gets traded, Trout plays center, obviously, Hamilton stays in left like we saw at the end of the season, and Calhoun plays right. Shuck will play left field occasionally and get some AB's at DH. Romine should be a good defensive backup infielder who plays short, second, and third. I'd like to see the Angels sign Eric Chavez to platoon at third with Green or Jimenez, gives them a little more depth and flexibility. Maybe sign a Schumaker, Baker, Bonifacio, or Bloomquist who can play multiple positions to finish of the bench?
4 months ago on Halo Headlines: bloggers vote Mike Trout AL Best Player, Conger amongst best pitch framers
Sadly if, and I do think he will be traded, Bourjos gets traded I think the Halos will still trade Howie or Iannetta for more pitching then re-sign Vargas. Wouldn't mind a Tim Hudson one year deal either
4 months, 1 week ago on Angels Free Agency Primer: Outfield
A team captain will get all our pitchers to win the Cy Young this year though!
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Halo Headlines: Halos trying to figure out April woes, the Angel-killer All-Stars
Don't think anything's happening here. Just need to hope that Pujols can stay healthy and Trumbo finds a little more consistency. But imagine what they have the potential to do when they're both healthy and playing more consistently in the lineup together
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Angels Free Agency Primer: First Base
Could it be Baylor was also hired to put some pressure on Papa Bear Scioscia? Baylor is a former manager, manager of the year albeit, which could put some pressure on Soth to get out of the gate strong. It's also intriguing to me that the Angels are looking for another "small-role" coach (reportedly an assistant hitting coach), could it be they could be looking for a replacement hitting coach in case Baylor becomes the manager after another slow start?
4 months, 3 weeks ago on A look at Don Baylor's effectiveness as hitting coach
Not true about Trumbo squaring up the ball. While is contact issues are of concern, he actually increased is line drive percentage from an even 16% (2011-2012), to 22% last season. That's a significant improvement and would certainly support that he was a little unlucky. But yes, the thing that has doomed him is plate discipline
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Halo Headlines: Pujols challenged to lie detector test, Percival wants to coach
@monkeywithahalo @ChaseKimura Those were just some ideas, I like Baker for the purpose of slotting him in to mash against lefties. I like Chavez because he can play third and first. I think the Angels need to make a least one other move in this area. Nice post thought!
5 months ago on Fixing the Angels for 2014 in seven steps
I agree with just about everything just, just not who the Angels acquire I should say. I'd like the Angels to sign Eric Chavez, Jeff Baker, or a Kelly Johnson to solidify the bench a little bit. Bench would look like Romine, Chavez/Baker (preferably Chavez), Conger, and Shuck. Tanaka's a must in my opinion as are at least 2-3 young pitchers to fill out other holes in the pitching staff and create more depth. I'd like the Angels to go out and sign a veteran relief pitcher though; Javier Lopez and JP Howell come to mind.