Happy Thanksgiving all! There’s so much to be thankful for in life. This little community of Angels/baseball enthusiasts is definitely one of them as is baseball in general. It is great chatting about and enjoying the great game with you.
Ok, so let’s get going we have a full plate of links to go with your full plate of food.
The Angels are raiding the Mets for good pitching. First it was Thor for a year and a cool $21 million. This week Perry Minasian picked up my off season piece and did exactly what I said he should: sign Aaron Loup.
This week Noah took to the talk circuit and talked about the signing.
As we know, Syndergaard is back healthy after Tommy John surgery just like Justin Verlander. What can we expect out of them in 2022?
The Angels are still on the prowl looking for pitching. Kevin Gausman is a current target. Gausman is a guy whose spin rate took a nosedive after the umps started checking for the sticky icky. Not sure how deep I’d want to go here.
The Angels are filling holes in the roster but still have a ways to go. One addition this week was super utility man Tyler Wade who gave a really nice Q and A to The Athletic.
Of course, as talent comes in roster cuts must be made. Keon Wong and Hector Yan were given their release.
The Angels were also in on Steven Matz who went to the Cardinals for 4 years and $44 million. That’s a pretty decent gamble considering his injury history. But if he’s even 75% of what he’s been the last few years, that’s a good signing.
Perhaps he doesn’t have a mirror.
There could be another flurry of activity as MLB moved the non-tender deadline up to November 30th, one day before the CBA expires.
Taking a look at non tender candidates, there’s definitely some talent Perry might find intriguing. Some swing and bullpen arms, maybe a backup catcher. These are the depth moves that often separate teams over the course of a 162 game marathon.
I’m kind of surprised Perry didn’t claim former number 5 overall pick Kyle Zimmer. After all, he could have cut loose Sam Selman or Jimmy Herget to add Zimmer’s upside.
Sorry to bring up a subject likely to upset your stomachs on the day of a feast, but Artificially Big Papi and A-fraud Rodriguez are on the Hall of Fame Ballot. They hit the list just as PED poster boys Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and Sammy Sosa take their last laps.
Perhaps the Hall inducts a “Steroid Class” and denotes that these were the biggest players in the game but their career numbers are as artificially inflated as their egos. I’m not talking about individual plaques that would make them seem equal to the real HOF’ers, I mean one exhibit that notes the dark chapter of the game factually.
And, no, Pete Rose likely throwing games because he owed his mob bookies money doesn’t make him better than the steroid guys or worth of induction. But, hey, if you’re going to commit a crime and break baseball’s most sacrosanct rule, make sure to write a check to cover your tab.
Now that the Tums are kicking in, let’s head for the dessert portion of the day. Hard call between pumpkin and pecan pie here for me. Might as well go with a bit of each.
Ohtani took two slices of pie this week. He was named to the All MLB Team’s as both a hitter and a pitcher.
Enjoy your holiday, be safe, and wish for a full slate of Spring Training games.