Well 2020 is now in the rear view mirror. What positive developments might we expect in 2021?
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OK. Today Joel Reuter has the Angels as one of six contending teams that have work to do on their pitching staff. He believes it is imperative that the Angels go all in to sign Trevor Bauer. Does Bauer merit a five year commitment at $175 Million? FanDuel, on the other hand, has us in the bottom half of teams ranked by World Series odds. Maybe we are contending for something else. Our offense is something to be hopeful about, at least. Since it is the New Year, we are presented with a bevy of “Top Ten’ and “Ten Worst” style articles today. Concerning Jo Adell, I think the Angels found out what they wanted to know. He needs time in the minors. Hopefully there will be minor leagues this year. Let’s hope his struggles end up in the rear view mirror.
The Top 100 Angels continues this week with Chuck Finley. Last week, as you may recall, was Jim Fregosi week.
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The word is, MLB players are going to have to wait in line like everybody else for their coronavirus vaccinations. Socrates Brito, who has already survived COVID-19, signs a minor league deal with the Yankees and has a Spring Training invite. Tomoyuki Sugano turns into a pumpkin in three days. He’s here in the United States. Who will be the team that can sign him? Masahiro Tanaka implied over the weekend that he hasn’t yet received a contract offer from a Major League team. He is even contemplating going back to Japan. First baseman Eric Thames is definitely going back to Asia, having signed with the Yomiuri Giants.
The Cubs traded Yu Darvish and Victor Caratini to the Padres, much to the surprise of Yu Darvish. Teams are starting to show interest in closer Alex Colome. The Angels already have Raisel Iglesias, which probably explains why they are not mentioned in this article. The Marlins signed left-handed pitcher Ross Detweiler to a Major League contract. I trust that Perry is going after bigger game. Hansel Robles’ deal with the Twins is for one year at $2 Million. Do they get 2019 Robles or 2020 Robles? Only time will tell. It’s kind of silly that the article refers to him as “Former Mets reliever” while showing him in an Angels uniform. The article originated at SNY.tv.
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