We are well on our way to knowing the full free agent pool. Top lists of the most desirable free agents are already circulating. We still await the season of the non-tenders, but the great square dance of free agency is underway, at least according to the calendar. A la main left and do-si-do your partner. Let’s roll out some big signings!
Links About Angels Lore
This is the (proposed) 2021 Angels Spring Training schedule. This is the (proposed) 2021 regular season Angels schedule. We’ll see if the novel coronavirus will cooperate. MLB Trade Rumors has an article exploring the offseason outlook of the Angels. Maria Torres spends some time exploring the commonalities of the 14 known candidates for the Angels General Manager position. Bubba Harkins filed a lawsuit on a couple of defamation related theories against the Angels on August 28. The Angels filed a motion on Monday seeking to have the lawsuit dismissed. This is typical stuff and very predictable. Specifically, the motion is what is called an anti-SLAPP motion. SLAPP stands for “strategic lawsuit against public participation.” The Angels are arguing that the Harkins lawsuit is an attempt to stifle exercise of their free speech rights.
Mike Trout is losing his grip on being the best player in baseball because he eventually might have to break down and become a corner outfielder. Mookie Betts is the heir apparent to take over as the best player in baseball even though he already is a corner outfielder. You see, Betts was “all over the place” on defense and hit a home run in Game 6 of the World Series. (Very scientific.) The Angels have been in touch with Kolten Wong. So have at least five other teams.
News From Around Baseball
Trevor Bauer rejected the qualifying offer extended to him by the Reds. Alex Cora interviewed last Friday to get his old Red Sox job back. The Red Sox are playing hard to get. There are several other guys who have already had two interviews for the manager position including Sam Fuld. The Orioles have activated Trey Mancini now that he has completed his cancer treatments. The Mets just plucked 11 guys out of the dumpster, including speedy outfielder Mallex Smith. Smith can’t bat worth spit, but he can play center field which makes him a tolerable fourth outfielder/pinch runner off the bench.
Well timed photo of Noe Ramirez and Andrew Heaney credit: Rex Fregosi.