LA Angels Tuesday News Crash- Farewell to Arms

Farewell to Arms

Not only the top free agent pitchers are falling off the board, but the back fill is disappearing as well. The Astros signed right hander Ryne Stanek to a one year deal worth $1.1 Million.  We missed out on Jhoulys Chacin, who signed a minor league contract with the Yankees.  He will get $800,000 if he makes it onto the 40 man roster.  Jake Odorizzi is still available, and probably at a fraction of the price for Trevor Bauer.

Seriously, Though …

Zachary D. Rymer lists Griffin Canning as our potential breakout star for 2021.  Bleacher Report thinks the Angels are a dark horse destination for Corey Kluber.  They also noted that we are obvious suitors for Trevor Bauer, but that he is trying to get Gerrit Cole type money.  The Cubs are looking to trade Kris Bryant.  Of course, we don’t need him.  Yu Darvish is the Cub we should have been in on.  The Diamondbacks just signed darn near a whole team of minor league guys. 

Kim Rojas tweeted her farewell to the Angels fans.  Drop on by and leave us your impressions of who should be on the Angels Mount Rushmore.

Joe Amalfitano retired after 67 years in professional baseball.  Outfielder Rusney Castillo signed with the Rakuten Golden Eagles.

Photo credit: Rex Fregosi 

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Jeff Joiner
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3 years ago

Boston taking Benintendi and there’s a dark horse AL club involved….hmmm.

Has 3 arb seasons remaining before he hits free agency. Left handed bat, could start in right then be a defensive upgrade over Upton in left.

Most of all he’d take quite a bit of the sting out of losing Adell or Marsh in a trade.

Not saying I love it, but that I have a weird feeling about this one.

FungoAle
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3 years ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Benintendi fan here. He would be a defense AND offense improvement. Would look good in left. Red Sox definitely selling low. Does not try to do too much with his approach. But is is sounding like the Astros.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Boston needs pitching too – not sure we match up to make a deal.

FungoAle
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3 years ago

Man, was not even aware Amalfitano was still in the game. Southern Cal born and raised. Awesome baseball name/memory for me back in the Dodger-Giant 1970/80’s rivalry heydays. Joe had coached 3rd for both sides. Began as a 1954 bonus baby for the NY Giants, Rule 5 draftee (from Toronto int. league) by the NY Giants after they had cut him, expansion draftee in 1961 by the Colt 45’s and moved on to the SF Giants again before finishing it out as a player with the Cubs. He was able to witness The Catch at the Polo Grounds, pinch hitting strikeout victim in in the 9th against a 1965 Koufax perfect game, was coaching 3rd when Gibson hit is 1988 WS homer. What a baseball life. Appreciate the longevity and all the contributions. Good dude.

Last edited 3 years ago by FungoAle
Jeff Joiner
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3 years ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Wow. Had no idea about him. Great comment.

Jeff Joiner
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3 years ago
Reply to  Charles Sutton

He should be option 6 or 7. Hoping he pans out shouldn’t be the hope of the franchise. We could’ve kept Eppler for that plan.

JackFrost
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3 years ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

As a buy low second tier option you could do worse than Kluber. If you roll the dice you might get lucky and get one serviceable or even good year out of him.

The main thing is we STILL have to get our stud # 1 by hook or by crook. If we can do that all these tertiary possibilities open up and begin to look more reasonable.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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Reply to  Charles Sutton

Perry will prioritize one-year deals, and Kluber looking to prove he’s healthy comeback fits the mold to take a low risk chance

Mexicola
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3 years ago

OT… but Bauer is a funny guy.

My fastball is about 2250 rpm on average. I know for a fact I can add 400 rpm to it by using pine tar. Look how much better I would be if I didn’t have morals… pic.twitter.com/o62kWkxWAy

— Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage) April 11, 2018

Cowboy26
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3 years ago
Reply to  Mexicola

And Survey says……..

AnAngelsFan
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3 years ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

That his contract year made him reevaluate his morals.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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Reply to  Mexicola

Bauer fits the Bryce Harper definition of a “clown”. Cole got the better of Bauer at UCLA and in the ML, and Bauer won’t let go.

JackFrost
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3 years ago

Why do you say Bauer “ won’t let go” ???

I don’t see any indication of that. In fact, based upon his own recent statements on this question he has no problem with Cole.

Further, Bauer is not a “clown.” Puig is a clown, Bauer is not. Big difference between those guys in terms of personality.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Bauer’s just different than a lot of us. He’s from the same background as a lot of the kids where I grew up. I can almost picture what his parents are like, what he was like as a kid, etc. Used Volvo, BMW 3 series or Acura to drive to school. Pacific Sunwear clothes. Took some form of martial art in a strip mall as a boy. Lots of tutoring. Huge self esteem. One of those kids that is legitimately smart and hard working but is also the center of his own universe and an extension of his parents’ egos to the point that he’s an insufferable mini-god turd who has been made to feel like his every thought is a stroke of genius his whole life.

It’s a type of self centered baby, so yes it’s similar to Puig, but a different self absorbed manchild. Put it this way, Bauer will probably never sulk and stop trying and throw a tantrum…. the center of the universe never stops flexing it’s genius. But he’s also never gonna lead a team because he’s “better” than too many people. I think it’s fairly safe to have him on a team though.

JackFrost
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3 years ago

Just to be clear, I never said or suggested that Bauer does not have a big ego. I am pretty sure he does.

However, I think most pro athletes do. It is the rare one who does not.

Despite his big ego I think Bauer is a good teammate.I don’t feel that he puts himself before the team. Puig actually does that though.

In addition, Puig is immature. Bauer is not. Trevor may have a sense of entitlement but I think he understands the idea behind team sports and is able to work within that framework.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  JackFrost

Exactly. Big ego. May annoy a couple teammates a little, but won’t be a big problem in the clubhouse and most of his egotrip is pointed in the direction of win win win.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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Liam Hendriks is off the boards to the Pale Hose for an absurd 3/54

steelgolf
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3 years ago

The 2024 option is the interesting thing. 15 m, and if they don’t exercise the option then they pay that 15 m over a 10 yr time frame. Bonilla light !!

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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Reply to  steelgolf

The upfront hit is $13m vs $18m (good for the Sox), Hendriks still gets his $54m, even though for competitive balance perspectives the deal is valued at $54m

Cowboy26
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3 years ago

Yeah but some of that money is backloaded so the current value of that contract is only $119.84

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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Reply to  Cowboy26

…or 2500 Troy Pounds of gold, or 1560 Bitcoins

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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cheap Arte

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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Light up that green thumb!