LA Angels Thursday News Crash- Ohtani’s Arbitration

Shohei Ohtani’s arbitration hearing is coming up pretty soon.  One way or the other he will be getting a good raise.  Of course, they are conducting the arbitrations by Zoom this year.  The Angels claimed infielder Robel Garcia off waivers from the Mets.  Will they use him to plug a hole in the outfield?

Minor League Deals Plus Invites

Wade LeBlanc has a minor league deal with the Orioles and a spring training invite.  Meanwhile the Athletics have signed Reliever Deolis Guerra to a minor league deal with spring training invite.  Left hander Francisco Liriano has a minor league deal with the Blue Jays with an invitation to major league spring training.  Kyle Barraclough is yet another reliever who has a minor league deal with spring training invitation.  This time the deal is with the Yankees.  The Rangers signed veteran right handed reliever Nick Vincent to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.  The Indians have added relievers Bryan Shaw and Heath Hembrees on minor league deals.  At least Shaw got an invitation to spring training. 

Other Signings

The Minnesota Twins signed Nelson Cruz to a one year deal worth $13 million.  We need to sneak Odorizzi away from those guys.  I need some kind of good news and I don’t seriously think Bauer is in the cards.  The Phillies will sign free agent right hander Chase Anderson.  Left handed reliever Andrew Chafin got a major league deal with the Cubs.  The Phillies signed free agent left hander Matt Moore for a $3 Million base salary plus incentives.  The Brewers signed Kolten Wong to a two year deal at $18 Million.  The Diamondbacks and Joachim Soria have come to terms on a one year deal.  Reliever Alex Colome has a one year deal with the Twins for $6.3 Million.  Gerardo Parra has a minor league deal with the Nationals for $1 Million. 

Garrett Richards passed his physical, whereupon the Red Sox designated pitcher Joel Payamps for assignment to clear a spot on their 40 man roster.  The Garrett Richards contract with the Red Sox looks pretty complicated.  Here is what the Kike/ Hernandez deal with the Red Sox looks like. 

Links That Are Not Deals Or Ohtani’s Arbitration

With the rejection of the 154 game proposal, we default to what was once normal.  Spring training starts February 17, 2021.  Opening day is still April 1, 2021.  Presumably the Angels will still be on Sunday Night Baseball shortly thereafter.  Jackie Robinson is on the cover of MLB The Show 21 Collector’s Edition.  That’s a nice looking cover.  He’s wearing a proper Dodger hat. Joel Reuter thinks Jake Odorizzi will end up with the Red Sox on a three year deal.  With teammates like this, who needs enemies

Photo credit: Rex Fregosi

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Commander_Nate
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3 years ago

I get not signing Bauer for absurd dollars or years, but if we don’t grab one of Odorizzi, Paxton, Walker, etc, then holy shit this is gonna be a rough first half.

Or a normal first half. Whatever.

AngelsMambaFan
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3 years ago
Last edited 3 years ago by AngelsMambaFan
Commander_Nate
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3 years ago
Reply to  AngelsMambaFan

Guess this means Goodwin is out of our price range?

steelgolf
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3 years ago
Reply to  AngelsMambaFan

Great move ….. 8 years ago.

red floyd
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3 years ago
Reply to  AngelsMambaFan

Official. Angel’s FB account posted it.

red floyd
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3 years ago
Reply to  AngelsMambaFan

For Cash or PTBNL

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  red floyd

Nah, we are getting cash from them.

ryanfea
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3 years ago
Reply to  AngelsMambaFan

Needed insurance in case of Upton/Adell not panning out. Not sexy but helpful

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  AngelsMambaFan

I’m confused. I had actually mentioned Fowler as a bilge contract the Angels could take on in a trade for a pitcher, but just getting Fowler on the cheap? Yo no se.

FungoAle
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3 years ago

Whew, this post is not nearly as heavy as the other one today. Back to Angel shop talk!

Let’s go Perry, don’t sit on your thumbs while the Callaway pandemic is surrounding the team, be aggressive and grab us some ballplayers. Players are going off the board.

Last edited 3 years ago by FungoAle
Thunderbolt
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3 years ago

Trevor Bauer is officially part of the New York Mets.

Angels fans, rejoice. The Mets overpaid.

Thunderbolt
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3 years ago
Reply to  Thunderbolt

And…never mind. Boob Nightengale strikes again.

Last edited 3 years ago by Thunderbolt
Eric_in_Portland
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3 years ago
Reply to  Thunderbolt

so we don’t know?

Jeff Joiner
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3 years ago
Reply to  Thunderbolt

He’ll get along great with the fans in NY. He’ll appreciate their criticism, especially on social media.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  Jeff Joiner

That’s going to be fun. Possibly the most vocally self righteous and self sensitive junior genius in the MLB is going to play in…… Queens, which is pretty much the Trevor Bauer of cities, but with a sleeveless t-shirt on and a deep dark memory of having fooled around with its cousin buried deep in its psyche.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Oh no. Now Jackie Robinson is going to suck this year.

Eric_in_Portland
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3 years ago

I’m getting ready for the Bauer and Odorizzi announcements. For no good reason I expect them to happen in the next two days.

I read a great article where Perry says the rotation is in good shape. OC Register!

https://www.ocregister.com/2021/02/03/angels-gm-perry-minasian-says-alex-cobb-trade-puts-rotation-in-a-decent-spot/

So I’m totally prepared for us being done.

steelgolf
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3 years ago

The bottom is a spot. Whether it is decent or not is very subjective.

Halo71
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3 years ago

Only a team as incompetent as the Angels could completely waste a once in a generation talent

Jeff Joiner
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3 years ago

I’m with you on the Bauer, Odorizzi, Paxton dominoes falling quickly.

I’m puzzled as to why we had to pull the Cobb trade this week instead of seeing if one of the latter two fell to us a bit.

If you want to cry, pull up baseballsavant.com and compare Cobb and Porcello side by side. The one that was better in 2020 and has been more durable in recent years is still available. We traded a prospect for the other.

FungoAle
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3 years ago

I took this to mean as we are done as far as the starter market. I would expect some more Guerra types of invitations handed out. But certainly anticipate bullpen signings.

Last edited 3 years ago by FungoAle
Eric_in_Portland
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3 years ago
Reply to  FungoAle

yes, that’s what I think, too

GrandpaBaseball
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3 years ago

I would never have believed that GRich would have landed a $10 mil per deal. Pitching is expensive no doubt about it.

Simba
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3 years ago

8.5 mil first year, 10 2nd + possible increase.

GrandpaBaseball
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3 years ago
Reply to  Simba

I wish he was still an Angel especially at those prices.

GrandpaBaseball
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3 years ago

The stacks of Free Agents are dropping fast, but we got ourselves one. Now tell the truth like me, I never heard of him, have you? Robel Garcia, infielder by trade.

AnAngelsFan
Super Member
3 years ago

Never heard of him but he sounds and looks interesting. He washed out early and went to play pro-ball in Italy. He got scouted and came back, crushed AA and AAA and earned a call up to the MLB all in one year – 2019. His MLB numbers look like crap, until you look at the splits. He has a 109 wRC+ against lefty pitchers. Oh, and he can play the corner outfield positions.

It’s small sample size and he most like never makes a real impact. But since he makes MLB minimum, has an option left, and there was room on the 40 man roster, there is absolutely no downside. The upside is a guy who can platoon in RF and a HR threat pinch-hitter against lefty relievers.

That’s potentially partially filling 2 areas of need (RF and v. lefties) at the lowest possible risk. It’s not a big move or a game changer, but it’s a smart move.

losangel
Trusted Member
3 years ago
Reply to  AnAngelsFan

Reminds of the dude Eppler got that hit monster foul balls in between strike outs.

It’s a low risk move that I hope pans out!

Eric_in_Portland
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3 years ago
Reply to  Charles Sutton

I felt awfully bad for Blash, especially when he fell down trying to get back to first base. But…um…that was only slightly different than Jo’s 2020 season.

AnAngelsFan
Super Member
3 years ago

I dislike bs sales tactics like the Show’s “will donate $1 to the Jackie Robinson Foundation for every collector’s edition sold.” Instead, I urge everyone to buy the Fernando Tatis Jr. version and donate $5 to the JRF yourself. You’ll save money, the JRF will get more money, and you’ll get the tax deduction instead of PlayStation.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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What, you don’t think a bunch of video game business people spend their off hours pondering the plight of African Americans and who they can put on their boxes to help fix all their problems for them?

GrandpaBaseball
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3 years ago

The Brewers scored so they can be Wong.

WallyChuckChili
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3 years ago

That’s one way for the catcher to tell the pitcher to get his head in the game.