LA Angels Monday News Crash- Rubbing It In

Phil Gosselin and Scott Schebler were rubbing it in against the Mariners yesterday.  Serves the Mariners right for ending an inning on us with the bases loaded and one out. Jaime Barria is still waiting to see if he will have another option year after all.  Aaron Slegers and Dillon Peters are both dealing with back spasms.  Max Stassi is slated to make his catching debut in the coming week.  Reid Detmers appears to be the real deal.  Shohei Ohtani is back! Mike Trout is the best center fielder in baseball (duh).  Jose Iglesias makes an otherworldly play. 

Sleaze Bag Of The Day

Relief pitcher Sam Dyson is suspended for the entire 2021 season due to domestic violence. 

COVID-19 Links

Several guys, including Pedro Strop and Franmil Reyes are kicked out of spring training for a while because they violated COVID-19 protocols.  These two apparently dined together at a restaurant and Reyes got a haircut on Friday.  Our old friend Sean Newcomb is on a COVID-19 timeout

Links From Around Baseball

Justin Bour got a minor league gig in the Giants organization.  Jose Alvarez is now also with the Giants.  As expected, the Astros are taking a good long look at Jake Odorizzi. They liked what they saw so much, they signed him to a two year deal with a player option for a third year.  Several other starting pitchers still remain in the free agent pool.  Ichiro batted in a Mariners intrasquad game at the age of 47 and apparently raked.  Not to be outdone, Ian Kinsler is getting himself ready to play for Israel in the Japan-hosted Olympic Games. 

Major League Baseball will be having Lou Gehrig day on June 2.  The Nationals released pitcher Jeremy Jeffress for unspecified “personnel reasons.”  Just speculation, but he may have just gotten popped the third time for a drug of abuse, which would earn him a lifetime ban from MLB.  MLB Trade Rumors thinks the Nationals just decided to cut bait on Jeffress rather than risk paying him an MLB salary.  The Pirates acquired Duane Underwood from the Cubs and in a corresponding move designated right hander Carson Fulmer for Assignment. The Astros are having a tough year about pitching.  Prospect Forrest Whitley was advised to undergo Tommy John surgery.  He is seeking a second opinion. 

Photo credit: Rex Fregosi

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RexFregosi
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8 months ago

AL Comeback Player of the Year 2021
Justin Upton.

That’s my first observation this Spring. The way the ball is jumping off his bat this last week has me in awe.

Cowboy26
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8 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

Great he only needs to comeback for 2 more years

YOUknowulovetheIE
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8 months ago

Fully loaded with great links, like usual. Appreciate the time and effort, charles. I’m gonna try and be more active here. Hope all is well everyone.

Last edited 8 months ago by YOUknowulovetheIE
steelgolf
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8 months ago

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/03/mlb-to-adopt-modified-loan-based-revenue-sharing-plan-for-2021-season.html

uh Oh, some small market teams may have to adjust their spending this year or float a loan until the other half of their expected revenue gift arrives in 2022.

Commander_Nate
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8 months ago
Reply to  steelgolf

At last subprime lending comes for the elite!!!

AnAngelsFan
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8 months ago

I vote the surrender rule either concedes a run for everyone on base, or one run for every out remaining.

If they are going to play spring training with sandlot rules, they might as well make it fair.

matthiasstephan
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8 months ago
Reply to  AnAngelsFan

This is practice

2002heaven
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8 months ago

We took Scott Schleber over Eddie Rosario?
Rosario took a 1 yr deal for just $8M ( Indians ).

Cowboy26
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8 months ago
Reply to  2002heaven

I’m not sure this was a binary decision but if Schlebler makes the team I think he makes $975,000 so this could be a heck of a value. I’m not sure how Rosario stacks up defensively.

2002heaven
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8 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Schleber is terrible defensively, with the lateral range of a desert tortoise.
strikes out a lot too…..we already have two expensive overpaid rally killers ( Pujols & Upton ).

Cowboy26
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8 months ago
Reply to  2002heaven

Uh huh. Go check out Rosario’s defensive metrics before you develop another forlorn man crush.

This conversation is kind of academic considering both Adell and Marsh are waiting in the wings and at least one of them will get promoted once the season is underway for a few weeks.

cookmeister
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8 months ago
Reply to  2002heaven

where would he play, RF full time?

I’s rather have Fowler for $1.75 mil and Schebler for under $1m, while at the same time not blocking Adell/Marsh in case they get brought up.

2002heaven
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8 months ago
Reply to  cookmeister

What about another experienced proven bat to help out Trout besides Rendon?
I don’t wanna hear about Albert and Justin Upton either. These two bad contracts were Arte and Eppl*r’s fault and nobody else’s. Andrew Friedman and Farhan Zaidi would not have done those two two debacles.

Cowboy26
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8 months ago
Reply to  2002heaven

Really? I though both JUp’s and Grandpa’s contracts were great bargains for the Angels.

cookmeister
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8 months ago
Reply to  2002heaven

Rosario is a left fielder essentially, less that 100 games in RF. His power is nice, his OBP sucks. Plus paying him more than what he got from the Insians essentially pigeon holes us in RF, doesn’t allow for much flexibility if/when the young guys are ready.

LosHalos
8 months ago

anyone have any news on the new play-by-play announcer?

Jeff Joiner
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8 months ago
Reply to  LosHalos

Not yet.

nishiogawakun
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8 months ago
Reply to  LosHalos

I too am curious. I like everyone on our announcing staff except Jose, which sometimes I feel like puts me in a minority maybe? Victor is going to be hard to replace though…

Fansince1971
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8 months ago

Just in – Astros pitching prospect Forrest Whitley, who has been advised to undergo TJ surgery, injured his elbow banging on a trash can lid.

Jeff Joiner
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8 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

We could’ve royally screwed them by signing Odorizzi a couple of weeks ago.

Fansince1971
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8 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Would have loved it!

cookmeister
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8 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

This is getting kind of old tbh.

Whitley is on the Astros, sure, but he wasn’t on the team they won the WS, and now we’re basically making fun of his injury? Meh.

Last edited 8 months ago by cookmeister
AnAngelsFan
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8 months ago
Reply to  cookmeister

It will never get old. By I do agree we should limit it to people that were actually on the team of cheaters.

Fansince1971
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8 months ago
Reply to  AnAngelsFan

Well I figure they must have had minor league instruction in trash can lid banging. Maybe Forrest was too good at it? It will never ever EVER get old. Blatant cheating. How soon some want to forget.

Fansince1971
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8 months ago
Reply to  cookmeister

It was meant as pure humor and sarcasm. There was nothing serious about the comment. Thanks for presenting a completely unnecessary high road. And it’s way too soon to say the trash can lid banging story is getting old. That was Black Sox bad. And basically no punishment.

Last edited 8 months ago by Fansince1971