LA Angels Tuesday News Crash: Emotional Awareness

Zach Plesac says he is developing emotional awareness and hopefully won’t be taking himself out of games by means of self inflicted injuries any more.

Here is Raimel Tapia bunting for a home run down in the Dominican Republic.

Kevin Smith (not Kevan Smith) has a deal with the Yankees. The Cardinals hired Chaim Bloom to be an advisor. The Braves signed utility infielder Luis Guillorme to a one year deal.

Long time MLB infielder and Manager Billy Gardner passed away last week at the age of 96.

Minor League Deals

Outfielder Jonathan Davis has gone back to the Marlins on a minor league deal. Catcher Rob Brantly has his minor league deal with the Rays.

Photo credit: Rex Fregosi

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2GA2Join
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6 months ago

Queue up the articles we’re going to see everywhere about how horrible and failing the Angels are this off-season for “missing on another top target” yada yada yada

Cowboy26
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6 months ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

That doesn’t solve the issue that We still NEED MOAR PITCHIN

BannedInLA
Super Member
6 months ago

As the relevant free agents get snapped up, it’s more obvious that the club is taking the “Play the kids + vets on one years deals” path for 2024 and I’m OK with it.

Last edited 6 months ago by BannedInLA
max
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max
6 months ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

ya we hope and then Atre’ will Buttercoop us with 8/250 for Bellinger b/c…well we all know why

BannedInLA
Super Member
6 months ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

Even if they throw $45 million for 2 years at Stroman, it doesn’t pull us from the path and for what it’s worth, I think this squad will be competitive – health permitting of course.

max
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max
6 months ago
Reply to  BannedInLA
  1. Strawman on a short term would be good
  2. I think I’m done drinking the Kool-Aid preseason, it happens every gawd damned year with me. I still enjoy Halo games regardless of competitiveness. Bad Halo > No Halo.
BannedInLA
Super Member
6 months ago
Reply to  max

This is more or less my position as well. I think they have potential, but if they suck, the games will be cheap. There’s always a silver lining.

WallyChuckChili
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6 months ago

Shota to the Cubs

2GA2Join
Super Member
6 months ago

Well, glass half full, Arte didn’t massively overpay for this guy.

Cowboy26
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6 months ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

Yes! C.J. Wilson’s legacy Contract of $77.5 Million is still intact as the largest free agent contract that Arte has ever given a pitcher.

Jeff Joiner
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6 months ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

I’m reading the AAV is only $15 million which isn’t bad at all for a mid rotation guy. That’s just a hair above what Tyler Anderson will make this year.

Cowboy26
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6 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

What if its 7 years?

Jeff Joiner
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Legend
6 months ago

I’m OK with not adding yet another lefty to the rotation.

However, I am interested in watching Shota pitch.

Cowboy26
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6 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

July 5-7 Wrigley Field Chicago.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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6 months ago

Meanwhile Perry has been located just outside of West Covina

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FungoAle
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6 months ago

Excellent, showing restraint, I think this is good.

clover_black
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MarineLayer
Super Member
6 months ago

Not so fast Ohtani, maybe you will be paying your full share of taxes after all:

https://www.latimes.com/sports/dodgers/story/2024-01-08/shohei-ohtani-contract-state-controller-deferrals

Twebur
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6 months ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

“Come and get it state of CA! You’ll need to pry it out of his weakened surgically repaired arm!”

—Shohei’s Mom

ihearhowie3.0
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6 months ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

No surprise there.

Cowboy26
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6 months ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

The very fact that, according to the article, the State Controllers office requires Congress’ intervention in order to try and collect these taxes from Doyer players’ deferred income means that this issue is far from being settled.

Last edited 6 months ago by Cowboy26
2GA2Join
Super Member
6 months ago

Dodgers to sign Imanaga….

Just kidding!
Actually, I wouldn’t be totally surprised if it happened.
For $3MM.

Cowboy26
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6 months ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

and $92 Million deferred

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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6 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Payable starting in 2065

red floyd
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6 months ago

Maybe we’ll get lucky and the Doyers will bring back McCourt?

Jeff Joiner
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6 months ago

I’m thinking Imanaga is an attempt to avoid Boras on Snell and Montgomery.

If he misses there, Clevinger or Stroman would be my targets. Get one of them and a good bullpen arm.

matthiasstephan
Super Member
6 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Sounds reasonable, although I would prefer a couple of each.

Cowboy26
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6 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Or Boras’ stooge is saying the opposite and That Angels” looking elsewhere” means that Arte has decided to engage the Evil Borass.

https://twitter.com/JonHeyman/status/1744741995451732330

FungoAle
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6 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Angels were already luke warm on Stroman last year, don’t see that this would change in 2024. He’s a pariah due to his own agenda.

Eric_in_Portland
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6 months ago
Reply to  FungoAle

What *is* his agenda?

Jeff Joiner
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6 months ago

He talks a lot on social media and supports causes Arte would definitely oppose.

He also does a ton of charity work, which is something Arte loves.

I know the idea that Arte won’t play/sign people he doesn’t agree with has been floated around but yet Dexter Fowler, Jo Adell, and others have been in the organization and everything was just fine.

M.C.Homer
Member
6 months ago

We need to hook Zach up with Jared Weaver to mentor him.

M.C.Homer
Member
6 months ago
Reply to  M.C.Homer

Properly Channel that aggression

Cowboy26
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6 months ago
Reply to  M.C.Homer

With his blazing 87 MPH heater?

M.C.Homer
Member
6 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

And a scowl…

BannedInLA
Super Member
6 months ago
Reply to  M.C.Homer

The scowl alone is worth at least 2.0 WAR.

PedroCerrano
Super Member
6 months ago
Reply to  M.C.Homer

I guess I’m getting old as I miss the days when dugout speak included phrases like:

“Hit one off his forehead” or “You need to earhole that guy”.

Most of it was puffery as nobody really tried to earhole anyone (that’s what ribs are for). I know there are still some warriors around but it seems to be an exception rather than the rule.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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6 months ago

“I’m developing emotional awareness”

Does that mean you won’t cry when watching Hallmark holiday movies?

Or maybe it means when fans talk crap about you after the game you won’t reach into the stands and punch them?

Oh wait, that’s a different Angels player…..

MarineLayer
Super Member
6 months ago

From the comfort of his wheelchair at the skilled nursing facility.

halofansince1978
Super Member
6 months ago

Is it possible Perry is doing nothing because they have made a decision to trade Trout?

And they believe that they will get so much back that they don’t need to do anything?

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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6 months ago

Nice theory but highly unlikely .

halofansince1978
Super Member
6 months ago

Agree but…nothing would surprise me.

Fansince1971
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6 months ago

If we are talking theories, I suppose it is possible that no free agent worth a damn wants to play in Anaheim and are choosing other locations despite competitive bids by the Angels.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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6 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Makes a lot of sense…..

Cowboy26
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6 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Although So far “elsewhere” has not been disclosed.

is it another celestial system?

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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6 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

“Elsewhere” is a parallel universe where Arte is carefree and extravagant with his baseball investments, and allows his baseball operations leadership to make all player personnel decisions.

Claret
Trusted Member
6 months ago

There has been no indication that Trout has demanded to be traded, which is a requisite if he is to be traded. And it is possible that Perry has made offers to a number of high-profile free agents, but they are not interested in playing for this broken organization.

Roy Hobbs
Super Member
6 months ago
Reply to  Claret

Most of the higher profile free agents haven’t signed with anyone except the Dodgers who are spending like Drunkin sailors and pushing the cost out to the future. It’s possible that the players are all asking for more money than the market is so far willing to pay. A number of clubs have supposedly made substantial un-excepted offers.

M.C.Homer
Member
6 months ago
Reply to  Roy Hobbs

The Dodgers didn’t learn from the Mets or the Padres

halofansince1978
Super Member
6 months ago
Reply to  Claret

No indication doesn’t mean something isn’t happening…trAdition!!!

Cowboy26
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6 months ago

Arte don’t do rebuilds

Mikeal1st
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6 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

He doesn’t do builds in the first place, so how could he rebuild?

ihearhowie3.0
Super Member
6 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Just slow deterioration

ihearhowie3.0
Super Member
6 months ago

It’s crossed my mind. As has a team sale.

Can’t imagine Arte stuck around to watch the team get way worse and do nothing. Choose a direction and go. Win or rebuild.

2GA2Join
Super Member
6 months ago
Reply to  ihearhowie3.0

I have been wondering this too.

I actually think it is very likely he would sell now. Why stick around? He took his shot and missed. Surely it is clear that the team is at a low right now… it isn’t like he can still feel that he is on the “verge” of playoffs anymore. I would think he’s ready to throw in the towel.

Fansince1971
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6 months ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

We will never know until we know

Dogface1956
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6 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

We will win some games and lose some games

max
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max
6 months ago
Reply to  Dogface1956

ya never know. 0-162 or 1-161 is still a possibility.

M.C.Homer
Member
6 months ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

Beyond time to go. Vs a year ago, Talk about selling low…
I think his pride will delay things. I don’t think he wants the perception to look like a baby and sell because Shohei left.
Especially with Carpino advising him…

2GA2Join
Super Member
6 months ago
Reply to  M.C.Homer

Yep, I considered that angle too. If he sold now, you can almost imagine the baseball world painting a picture of Arte leaving baseball with his tail between his legs. If he thinks that way too, and it motivates him, he might take a “well I’ll show them!” type of attitude and stay at the helm.
Then again, people who become super successful at business don’t typically let their emotions steer their major financial decisions, but who knows.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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6 months ago
Reply to  ihearhowie3.0

Logic hasn’t made a visit to Arteville in a very long time