Welcome to the holiday season where schedules cease to have meaning and I cover a Monday links. The off season is about to truly begin now that the deadlines for extending and receiving qualifying offers and non-tendering players is over.
The Phillies kicked off the Brinks Truck sized deals by keeping Aaron Nola in the fold for 7 years and $172 million.
Get familiar with those links, folks, because the annual “If I Were..” off season pieces will be rolling out this week.
The Angels have made only one personnel move this off season, non-tendering Jose Marte. He joined this list of players who are now free agents prior to the deadline on Friday. This isn’t a stellar crop of non-tenders, but here are the top 9. See any that might help?
But the Angels did add to the coaching staff over the weekend. Yes, next year I will get a nice seat near the Angels dugout yell “Washington” just to see who turns around.
Johnny Washington is the Angels new hitting coach. No relation of Ron, but this should be fun. Also, Jerry Narron was brought on as catching coach.
It is award season at the minor league level as well and one future Angel picked up a very nice piece of hardware.
Never pass up the chance to throw out a Nolan Ryan Angels stat. This is cool.
Start poring over those free agent predictions and playing with the simulator. I’ll have the Perry template up at 10 AM and my piece at noon.