Welcome fans of the LA Angels as we come near the end of another unproductive week of negotiations. The MLBPA did make a modest drop in the size of their proposed bonus pool allotment. The union basically wants all the players to have arbitration eligibility after two years rather than only the super 2 players. No one agreed to anything, but we have all the time in the world. They made it clear up to 90 minutes before they failed to agree on anything.
Links Specific To LA Angels
On Tuesday I linked to the Bleacher Report version of LA Angels farm ranking where they were came in at number 26. MLB itself is a bit more charitable, ranking the Angels at number 24. Meanwhile, they have the Orioles and Mariners at 1 and 2. (I can’t insert Max Scherzer griping about the integrity of the game here because this is the LA Angels section).
If the pace of negotiations doesn’t pick up soon maybe “Historic Season Bobblehead Night” will be in jeopardy. Get your tickets now! Meanwhile, get a load of this manga inspired image of Mr. Historic Season on MLB The Show 22 MVP Edition. I always thought he kind of looked like Kaneda from Akira, except bigger. Here is additional Ohtani content. How, indeed, do you value an incomparable player? Well, I guess you don’t extend him. Let the blouse rending begin.
Speaking of two way players, this article suggests Michael Lorenzen baseball cards might be a good investment.
Here is a link to The Big If I Were Perry Minasian Link Thread. Do we have any more takers? The off season isn’t getting any shorter and pretty soon I might have to link to Cricket results. The Caribbean Series has already reached the Semi-finals.
Now For The Other Links
The Dominican Republic is cruising right through the opposition at the Caribbean Series.
Here are the American League ZiPS projections.
Voting is now open for the 2022 SABR Analytics Conference Research Awards.
Kumar Rocker may pitch some independent ball before re-entering the MLB draft. If the draft pick itself wasn’t so valuable it might be fun to watch the Mets pick him and then not sign him just to troll Boras.
Former MLB outfielder and first baseman David Green passed away at the age of 61.
Photo credit: Rex Fregosi