Welcome to the final installment of links for 2020 on a site that didn’t exist at the beginning of the year. Those of you who followed us over here, especially those with subscriptions, we appreciate you greatly. For you newbies, thanks for joining the fun.
While millions of people make sweeping New Year’s Resolutions which fail almost immediately, I set goals. Quantifiable, realistic, and with a plan of action. My personal goals for this site for ’21 are to create quality Weekend News Crash segments and contribute at least one interview per month.
The Angels goal this year is to return the best player in baseball to the post season. Perhaps a shiny new catcher with a plus bat will be part of those plans? And if the Cubs really want to unload salary, what about this guy?
I can’t help but wonder if the Cubs slashing of payroll and the lawsuits/federal investigation into their allegedly non-ADA compliant stadium renovations are related. The cost to tear down then redo any significant portion of that $750 million project would likely be immense. (This is the part where I hope Steelgolf drops a comment.)
Brent had a lot of fun with the Trade Simulator a while back and ran scenarios for acquiring each of these guys and more.
I came up with this doozy on the Simulator. Doubt we’d also land Espino, but that would greatly solidify our rotation, save Cincy and Cleveland money, and provide them with solid, near MLB ready prospects.
For an entire board full of Angels trade proposals, click here.
I think I’ve found an intriguing buy low candidate for Minasian. A guy whose spin rate and velocity profile compares nicely with Blake Snell, Julio Urias and Danny Duffy. He’s on a team with more pitchers than jobs. Both Angels fans and Minasian should be familiar with him. Remember a year ago when Bundy’s fastball was getting hit hard so the Angels changed his pitch usage?
In actual Angels news, lots of former halos will be donning new uniforms next year and the holiday tradition of signing Juan Graterol to a minor league deal continued.
For $2 million, I’d take Robles back all day. Remember an interview I did with Rojas last year; Robles was a guy who got an adrenaline bump from the live crowd and had a hard time adjusting. Between that and the volatile nature of relievers, I wouldn’t be surprised at a solid bounce back for Robles and Robles/Mayers/Iglesias sounds like a nice back end.
The big news of the week, of course, came out of San Diego. Not only did they open up a window of contention, the Cubs pretty much closed theirs. Or did they? A 1-2 of Hendricks/Davies seems like enough to compete in the NL Central. Then again a 1-2 of Bundy/Heaney is probably enough to compete in the NL Central right now.
As for wrapping up 2020, a year that will live in infamy, there were some highlights. I love it when a deserving candidate breaks through the big leagues like Kim Ng did. Mike Trout had the greatest moment of his life.
Here’s to hoping for bright blue skies, freshly cut grass, and attending games in 2021…..Happy New Year everybody.