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I see three things the team would have to do, add someone who can play shortstop and possibly add speed to the bench (I like Bonifacio and Aviles if his option is declined, which it probably own't), add a lefty reliever, and make an upgrade at third. Depending on Headley's contract demands, I'd give sign him and non-tender Freese, represents a huuuuge defensive upgrade and at the least produces similar offensive production. Let Thatcher and Grilli walk, let some of the young guys in Bedrosian, Diaz, Spomer, and Reynolds compete for Grilli's spot and sign Andrew Miller to take the lefty role (Street's option is obviously exercised, Burnett's is obviously not.) Sign Bonifacio for a bench spot and trade Cron for minor league talent (catching depth, shortstop depth, or pitching depth.)
Headley 3B (if he's healthy and producing like he can)
Cowgill, Green, Bonifacio, Conger/Iannetta
Weaver, Richards, Wilson, Skaggs (Richards and Skaggs with a full year of experience underneath their belt), Shoemaker, Nate Smith, Kyle McGowin, Roth, and Ellis
Bedrosian/Diaz, Santiago, Morin, Jepsen, Miller, Smith, Street
7 months ago on Conversation @ http://monkeywithahalo.com/2014-articles/the-boring-angels.html
1 year ago on Halo Headlines: Keith Law's top 10 Angels prospects, will the Angels add another starting pitcher?
1 year, 1 month ago on Angels want to win now, but have to remember to win later too
1 year, 1 month ago on Halo Headlines: ZiPS projects monster season for Trout, Angels preach patience with free agency
1 year, 1 month ago on Halo Headlines: Dipoto explains lack of pursuit of Tanaka, predicting what the Angels do next
1 year, 1 month 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
1 year, 1 month ago on Signing Tanaka, extending Trout and mutual exclusivity
1 year, 3 months 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
1 year, 3 months 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
1 year, 3 months 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
1 year, 3 months ago on Angels add good talent in reliever Joe Smith, but overpay to do it
1 year, 3 months 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
1 year, 3 months 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?
1 year, 3 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
1 year, 4 months ago on Angels Free Agency Primer: Outfield
A team captain will get all our pitchers to win the Cy Young this year though!
1 year, 4 months 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
1 year, 4 months 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?
1 year, 4 months 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
1 year, 4 months 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!
1 year, 4 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.
I agree completely, I'm more on the side to trade Bourjos for another young starting and relief pitcher. I think Vargas is an okay starter but I think the Halos should aim higher and get a pitcher with higher upside. Offer Vargas a qualifying offer and get a draft pick along with the one we get from another sub-par season
1 year, 5 months ago on Masahiro Tanaka could a savior for the Angels
I love the trade and I hear people compare him to a "Ben Zobrist with less power and walks" he won't be as good as Zobrist on defense either but I think that's a great comparison which gets me even more excited
1 year, 7 months ago on Meet the new Angels prospects! Cory Rasmus and Grant Green
trade for Kennedy*
1 year, 7 months ago on Angels send Callaspo to Oakland for Grant Green in possible precursor to Howie Kendrick trade
@LabMonkey How do you figure? The only reason Green was expendable is because the A's couldn't find a position for him (they tried him at SS, CF, and 2B) he's not going to be a good defensive player but he should be a much better hitter than Wood. I think Green will be a .280/.340/.400+ with some pop and defensive versatility. Even if he's not a regular he could be a very good utility player
If Green pans out and Howie is traded this could be a good, but sad, thing. I think Nelson comes up to play third until Lucho is healthy then they'll split time in the infield. Green plays second while Howie's traded for pitching and Lindsey and Yarbrough have time to develop where they take over second base and Green becomes the third baseman or a very good utility player. Then we keep Aybar because of the lack of talent in the majors along with having no replacements. I'd like to see the Angels trade Iannetta and extend Vargas now, trading Howie, Callaspo, and Iannetta gets a nice amount of money off the payroll and allow the team to extend Vargas while having some flexibility for a few other moves. Oh yeah, and please don't trade Kennedy
From all of those trades I'm looking for Aybar and Downs to St. Louis for Martinez, Wong (Howie's replacement), and Blazek (a hard throwing relief pitcher). Howie to KC for Zimmer or Yordano Ventura. Trumbo to Pittsburgh for a package based around SS Alen Hanson, OF Gregory Polanco, or RHP Jameson Taillon (preferably Hanson to replace Aybar in the future). Tampa is said not to be too active at the deadline but they need help at catcher so I think Iannetta makes a lot of sense for them he could probably get at least one pitching prospect--like Alex Colome. I think Aybar, Downs, and Trumbo could be moved before the deadline, probably won't happen, but those guys make the most sense to be dealt with the teams proposed bidding high for those positions right now. And over the offseason and next season guys like Howie, Iannetta, and Bourjos could be dealt. I think the smartest thing for Arte to do is not make it look like a complete rebuild in a short span of time, but deal certain players for close to-MLB-ready prospects over the course of the next year. Especially because guys like Martinez, Wong, Blazek, Ventura/Zimmer, and Colome are close to contributing in the bigs.
Aybar, Howie, and Iannetta's contracts aren't costly but they help shed payroll for cheaper, young, cost controlled players while Bourjos and Trumbo are set to hit arbitration soon are traded also saving the team money. With all the new young talent and freed up money it gives the Angels the flexibility in 2015 to go and sign a Scherzer, Masterson, or Sandoval. Bottom line, my idea of a rebuild isn't trading these guys for raw low minor league talents but for guys in AA and AAA who could help make a run in 2015 and possibly 2014. A net return of Alen Hanson, Carlos Martinez, Michael Blazek, Kolten Wong, Alex Colome, Kyle Zimmer/Yordano Ventura, and more would certainly put the Angels in the right direction.
1 year, 7 months ago on Evaluating the Angels trade deadline strategies
I think the bullpens greatly improved and a healthy Burnett would help tremendously but I still think they need another lock down reliever (more of a bona-fide closer type, Frieri still scares me). But Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez would certainly help the rotation, if they resigned Vargas, signed Gonzalez, and got another relief pitcher this offeason, this team will contend. They could use some bench help too (call up Calhoun already! When Brad Hawpe is on your bench you know it's not going well)
1 year, 7 months ago on A complete look at Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez and the Angels
I agree the Angels need to make a splash or two in the international market. Adding Gonzalez, and this years too draft pick Hunter Green, certainly gives the Angels two promising high ceiling pitchers they just don't have/need. I'd love to see it done but they'd be competing with the likes of the free spending Dodgers and the deep pocketed Red Sox
1 year, 8 months ago on The Angels need Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez
Hahaha no idea just trying to think differently. He's a Cali guy and could be along side his friend Weaver? I don't know if those are enough to entice him back but I would settle for a draft pick from a qualifying offer if his price rises too high. At the rate pitchers salaries are raising these days it might be smarter to get as much as we can get from Vargas before his price is out of the Angels range
1 year, 8 months ago on Trade Candidate: Jason Vargas
Trade him and resign him this offseason? Best of both worlds
If I'm trading Howie, I'm looking at a team like the Twins or Orioles. Why not send Howie and/or Cron to the Twins for RHP Jose Berrios and 2B Eddie Rosario? You include Cron and you could probably pluck away another decent player but Rosario could potentially take over 2nd base in a couple years and Berrios looks like he could be a solid pitcher going forward. I don't believe in a fire sale necessarily but I think Howie, Downs, and MAYBE Iannetta or Callaspo could be traded to help replenish the farm system. Let's add some pitching to the latest addition to the organization Hunter Green!
1 year, 8 months ago on Trade Candidate: Howie Kendrick
@tbplayer59 What? Jimenez is 25?
1 year, 10 months ago on Jimenez, Callaspo and the coming philosophical war
God I hope Richards pans out, too much talent not become a solid starter
1 year, 11 months ago on Five bold predictions for the Angels in 2013
Don't have to worry about Soth playing Vern over Bourjos anymore!
1 year, 11 months ago on Should Peter Bourjos really play center field over Mike Trout?
I like the depth Williams adds to the bullpen. I expect a very very low 4 ERA coming out of the bullpen
1 year, 11 months ago on 2013 Player Projection: Jerome Williams
I'd like to see the Angels to sign Alex Gonzalez or Jason Bartlett to be the utility infielder, add some depth to the bench and maybe add Luis Jimenez as an option
2 years, 1 month ago on Halo Headlines: comparing the Angels and Dodgers, a lengthy interview with Jerry Dipoto
I think Torii getting resigned will happen in the near future. Haren and Greinke will be next in line and if not Haren, I say go out and sign someone like McCarthy, Saunders, Marcum, or Lohse. I like the idea of signing Lohse to solidify the back end of the rotation. Next comes Bourjos or Morales being traded for a legitimate closer
2 years, 4 months ago on Angels act fast, re-sign catcher Iannetta
@Rick K. Actually Torii's been thriving since Butcher's been gone. I don't know actually, the offense really exploded post Hatcher era. Instead of a pitching coach how about some new bullpen arms?
2 years, 6 months ago on Is Mike Butcher the new Mickey Hatcher? | August