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@RyanAguirre That's a really tough question to answer because we obviously don't have the medical reports on either player. I'd venture that Halladay would get more than Santana, but both should at least get $5 million guaranteed, maybe as much as $10 million. That is purely a guess though.
4 days, 6 hours ago on Alternative routes for the Angels to acquire pitching
@Under_Dog_Lefty Settle down, the Angels weren't a match here. Detroit traded Fister for salary relief and prospects. Kendrick is neither of those things. Boshers is barely a prospect and Carson most certainly is not. The Nationals hardly gave Detroit a prized package of prospects, but it is still better than anything the Angels could realistically offer.
1 week ago on LA Angels offseason rumor tracker
@rjb1101 I think that might have accelerated the deal, but their interest in Freese was legit even before the Fielder-Kinsler swap.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Fallout from the Freese-Bourjos trade
I will say that I am pleasantly surprised. I would love for the Angels to have Price but my goal here was to provide analysis of how realistic that scenario really is. I'm sorry that my conclusion isn't one that coincides with your wishes for the team but it is a lot less "useless" than your wish casting.
1 month ago on Can the Angels really make a run at David Price?
How dare you, Joe! You listed so few teams as suitors! I mean, I only see 20 teams that you mentioned at least 3 times. What is up with that? I don't care about accurate analysis, I want you to suggest that the Rockies and Astros are going to pursue all the top shelf free agents! It doesn't matter if a team doesn't have money to spend or a need to fill!! Frankly, I think you should list even MORE teams. Where are the Yakult Swallows? The El Paso Chihuahuas? The St. Paul Saints? The Chico's Bail Bonds Bears? THIS IS A TRAVESHAMOCKERY!!!!
1 month, 1 week ago on 2013 Offseason Primer: Top 30 Free Agents
@Under_Dog_Lefty You basically provided all your own answers there. The reason I doubt Trumbo can fetch a top prospect in return is because of the holes in his swing, but also because he doesn't get on base. You compared Trumbo to Thome. Thome whiffed a lot but he had a career OBP of .402. Trumbo is at a .299 for his career and playing in an era much more cognizant of the importance of OBP than Thome did when he broke into the league. .299 OBP is really bad and his power potential only offsets that deficiency so much. As I said about Trumbo in one of the earlier pieces in this series, there is always a chance that some non-stat savvy team falls in love with his power and overpays, but I doubt it.
But what you also said was that the team might regret trading him if they don't get top-shelf pitching in return. I think that is 100% true! I think that is exactly what Moreno will worry about, so they will only trade Trumbo for top-shelf pitching, therefore he won't be traded.
1 month, 1 week ago on Angels Free Agency Primer: Starting Pitcher
@Rick K. I have no doubt that they will get better offers on Trumbo, but my guess is that those offers won't be good enough so they will take a lesser offer for Bourjos. Maybe I am weighing it to heavily, but I think the Halos are going to have a tough time talking Moreno into approving the trade of a fan favorite like Trumbo so they are only going to deal him if they get blown away with an offer (which i don't think will happen).
1 month, 1 week ago on Angels Free Agency Primer: Outfield
@Rick K. No, I don't view Salmon as an option, but many fans have suggested it. Apparently there is a large segment of Angel fans who believe the coaching staff should be entirely composed of players on the 2002 World Series team. Erstad as bench coach, Salmon as hitting coach, Percival as pitching coach, GA as yawning coach, Eckstein as mascot, etc.
2 months ago on Halo Headlines: speculation on Angel coaching staff vacancies, five minor league coaches fired
@Rick K. I completely agree. Even with the missteps that Dipoto has made, two years just isn't enough time to really evaluate him. My rule has always been that even the most incompetent GM needs three years if only because nobody is perfect (or even very good) at that job right away. Just the mere act of overhauling the front office twice in such a short period of time seems like a devastating decision to the future and progress of the franchise.
2 months ago on BREAKING: Angels to keep Scioscia and Dipoto but fire two coaches, questions still remain
@scioscialite Yeah, Ventura might be a reach, but I am not about to assume that Dayton Moore won't overpay for a player he covets. Let's just say he has a bit of a reputation. That being said, I think Holland is even more off limits.
2 months ago on Fixing the Angels for 2014 in seven steps
@ChaseKimura Honestly, I gave a lot of thought to Chavez. I like him a great deal and was trying to shoehorn him in there. The problem is he is left-handed and the Angels have a lot of exposure to lefties right now as it is. I wouldn't object to Johnson, but Baker is a one-year wonder, IMO.
As for a second veteran lefty, that scares me a bit. Scioscia fell a little too in love with playing the platoon advantage with the bullpen. I'd be more than OK if Burnett was the only southpaw. If Maronde makes the team, great, but that is less because of his left-handedness and more because he could be a great reliever in general if he reaches his potential.
@nr21714 The only reason I am opposed to trading Trumbo is because of what might happen with Pujols. If he has more foot/knee problems, they have no first baseman and no right-handed power if Trumbo is gone too. Cron is probably another year away from being ready (if ever, I am not at all a believer in his ability).
@EthanJoeyPrager There should still be interest, but his value is definitely depressed by his injuries. Like I said, they are selling low. The one thing they have going for them on that front is that most of Peter's injuries have been of the freak variety. It isn't like he has a bad shoulder that he keeps re-aggravating or something. He hurt his thumb sliding into a base and hurt his wrist getting hit by a pitch. These are out of his control but also unlikely to recur.
@ManuelGutierrez1 more pitching depth is always good, but signing Vargas to an extension and signing Tanaka adds up. It would be very difficult to do that and still have luxury tax space to extend Trout this winter or next.
Hmmm, needs more ECAC.
2 months ago on NBCSN starts unveiling college hockey schedule with Hockey East
@BobCalPoly91 I'm not locked in to Sanchez as the final bench piece, any number of players would do. I really only landed on him because he can at least fake it at 3B if the need arises.
@Rick K. I am starting to warm to that idea, but haven't fully come around yet. At some point this summer they need to trade for young pitching and I'm not sure Trumbo or Bourjos can return what Kendrick can AND clear $10 mil in salary at the same time. Green is athletic, he just doesn't have much experience at 2B. He could certainly grow into the position given enough reps but I doubt he'll ever be an above average defender.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Angels Player Power Rankings - Week 26
@rjb1101 Ah yes, I had forgotten about that. Surely the Angels will then just sign him and then refuse to use their first round pick out of principle and spite... mostly spite.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Which free agent will the Angels forfeit their first round pick for this off-season?
@ChaseKimura If they offer Vargas a qualifying offer, nobody will sign him. He isn't worth a first rounder.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Masahiro Tanaka could a savior for the Angels
@jobalexang Too hard to say at this point because of the proposed changes in the posting system. That could well lead to much smaller posting fees.