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Just find it interesting that Dipoto, a noted stat guy, is actively investing in team chemistry, a very "old school" concept that the sabermetric community generally dismisses.
1 month ago on Forget pitching, the Angels are targeting leadership
@preusvahl5 Yoon would be interesting, but the Angels have not been connected to him in anyway. I know there are plenty of teams that consider him to be a reliever and not a starter, so that could be an issue. As for the Cuban, I don't know much about him, but I don't think he is considered a guy who can jump right into a big league rotation.
1 month ago on LA Angels offseason rumor tracker
@ShuebBaafe$300 million on 8 years would be an average of $37.5 million. That's an absurd number for him to get when he has very little leverage and even more absurd when you consider the fact that he'd be getting well below that during the three arbitration years covered by the deal. $40 million per year is only being floated by anonymous agents and MLB executives that have no tie to Trout or the Angels and really only being mentioned because it makes for a good headline. That was the whole point I was making in the article. Anonymous sources like to throw out big numbers, like they did with Kershaw supposedly getting $300 million, but the reality always comes up well short.
You can say it is possible, but I am telling you that it is not happening.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Mike Trout, Clayton Kershaw and the pursuit of the $300 million contract extension
@Joemromerobecause they were an 84-win team before that trade ;)
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Halo Headlines: Angels poised for positive regression, J.T. Snow got Hall of Fame votes
@GeorgeKaplan8I agree, the $300 million figure seems like a stretch, but I used that figure as a sort of pie-in-the-sky number just to put in perspective how things might be if he really does get a crazy extension. I really can't envision the extension being much bigger than that. I think the rhetoric about how great Trout is and how much he should be paid has inflated the numbers to unrealistic levels.
2 months ago on Signing Tanaka, extending Trout and mutual exclusivity
@angels1961Yes, they will need to be replaced, but they have plenty of time to figure that out and hopefully Tanaka would be able to join Trout as a franchise cornerstone to build around.
@ChaseKimuraA good point, one I touched on in a previous article, so I didn't want to dwell on it here. I strongly believe they should just pay the tax this year. They should have a relatively easy time getting back under the tax line next season, so they won't get hammered with the increased tax rate.
@Rick K.Not saying that at all, just saying that I can foresee a scenario in which Dipoto sacrifices Kendrick's productivity in order to clear his salary and get back under the luxury tax line.
2 months ago on Halo Headlines: Angels sign Mark Mulder, Braves not pursuing Howie Kendrick
@Rick K. The offensive bar between a DH and a 2B is much different since an ability to field the position is involved. More to the point though is there is nothing in Green's career that suggests he is especially better against LHP, so there isn't much of a platoon advantage bump in using Green in that manner.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Finding a platoon partner for Raul Ibanez
@ShuebBaafeha, yeah, that was a pretty glaring typo. I guess I just have Trout on the brain. Although, now it makes me ponder what Trout actually would fetch in a posting scenario for Trout.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Halo Headlines: proposing a $400 million extension for Mike Trout, Tanaka close to being posted
@Joemromero Miami does not seem inclined to trade Stanton, at least not this winter. Even if they did, the Angels have nothing close to the kind of package that it will take to get him.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on LA Angels offseason rumor tracker
@Under_Dog_Leftyfirst off, Robbie Ray is a starting pitcher and was the centerpiece of that deal. Second, the story came out later that the Angels offered Kendrick for Fister and got shot down. There were also several GMs that later came out and said they had no idea Detroit was shopping Fister. Yes, Detroit got a poor return that maybe the Angels could've matched, but it was the fault of Detroit's GM for not actually surveying the market.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on LA Angels offseason rumor tracker
@SoImTheBadGuy Ha, funny. That would never happen though. I'm sure I'be fine. Hey, what this red laser dot that suddenly appeared in the middle of my che-
2 months, 3 weeks ago on The Sean Burnett conspiracy theory
@bginsc We can debate about how much Trumbo was worth offensively, but consider this. Were the Angels going to win if Pujols and Hamilton tanked again even with Trumbo? They had Trumbo last year and it didn't help. As for the team speed, did you forget about Kendrick and Aybar? I mean, the Halos are no longer speed-based, but they definitely still have some speed. So maybe just relax a little bit.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on TRADE ALERT: Trumbo dealt for Santiago and Skaggs in three-way deal
@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.
3 months 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.
3 months 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.
3 months, 2 weeks 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.
4 months 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!!!!
4 months 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.
4 months ago on Angels Free Agency Primer: Starting Pitcher