LA Angels Tuesday News Crash: 31 Mega Smackers

The Cardinals avoided arbitration with Tommy Edman. The Orioles, for their part, avoided arbitration with Cionel Perez. The Yankees avoided arbitration with Juan Soto on a one year deal for $31 Million.

The Pirates will sign Aroldis Chapman.

Collin McHugh has announced his retirement. So did Tony Wolters.

The Astros designated left-hander Matt Gage for assignment. The Angels already have a full 40 man roster, so these random guys are unlikely to get picked up. Or will he?

Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. It’s metastatic.

Photo credit: Rex Fregosi

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HatcherIsMyHomeBoy
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2 months ago

I’ve come around to being ok with a 3 year deal for Bellinger. Simply for the chance to have Sho underperform for them and Bellinger play at an MVP level for the Angels. Worth the risk IMO to get some ounce of ethos and narrative control back from the hated ones in Blue.

WallyChuckChili
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2 months ago

No Firework Articles?

Cowboy26
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2 months ago

Man the non-Boras Clients are starting to fly off the shelves the last few days. I guess for Scotty’s kids we have to wait until mid to late February?

DMAGZ13
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2 months ago

I went to the NLDS game 2 and caught the DBacks pitching staff mow down the Dodgers… I think Enright is cooking up a similar formula. I’m not sure if it’s soon rate, velocity , arm angles or like that but I think he’s working in tandem to create something similar. I was able to see the variety and power on display that night, it just got me thinking. But with Shohei gone we have no starter like Zac Gallen. All of our left over starters pitch around batters, not through them. It’s going to be lame if we have nibbling starters

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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2 months ago

Angels sign Matt Moore – 1 year, $9m

BannedInLA
Super Member
2 months ago

Maybe Perry is reading our posts after all.

Cowboy26
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2 months ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

Well he should if he isn’t. But Now will they finally get rid of Ingram?

BTW it looks like Estevez is still the closer. https://twitter.com/TaylorBlakeWard/status/1749901966267040032

So that would currently leave us with:
Closer
Estevez
7 & 8 innings
Stephenson/Moore
5-7 innings
Soriano/Garcia/Joyce/Cimber
Long man/Mop up
Suarez

Only Soriano & Joyce have options left but this would mean there is no place right now on the Major League staff for Plesac or Kolarek. I guess Those are good problems to have

FungoAle
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Let’s hope Ingram finally got his Big A parking pass cancelled

matthiasstephan
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

This sounds like depth (though it could still be deeper).

In AAA, bullpen has Herget, Wantz, Ingram and Kolarek. Rotation has Bachman, Plesac, Rosenberg, Daniel. All waiting in the wings.

We should also get Quijada and Warren back at some point (for what that is worth).

Eric_in_Portland
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2 months ago

good. He gets a “small” raise

Angelstan
Trusted Member
2 months ago

A little higher money than I expected but I’ll take it. Solid addition unless he suddenly unravels.

FungoAle
Super Member
2 months ago

After Chapman, it came down to Moore for me. Diekman was plan B.

Nice to avoid a 2nd year, deadline material trade.

2GA2Join
Super Member
2 months ago

Really few comments today comparatively… quiet day.

BannedInLA
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

The doldrums of the offseason indeed.

Twebur
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2 months ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

Sports talk radio today, multiple reports that we might be more than serious about having Mr. C. Bellinger join our little band of misfit toys.

Art needs his fix.

Cowboy26
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2 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

I was initially against this BUT the more I think about it, considering that Bellinger is only 28 years old and we are devoid of Left handed power and speed in our lineup this may make alot of sense even with the Yute movement.

Last edited 2 months ago by Cowboy26
Angelstan
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2 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Bellinger has no proven track record of staying good. He’s had two good seasons in like the last six. You cannot do a long-term deal and pay big money to someone like that. His best years have been when his next deal is up. Not a good sign.

Cowboy26
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2 months ago
Reply to  Angelstan

Yea but his dad was on the 2002 WS team . That makes him a legacy.

Jim Atkins
Super Member
2 months ago

Beltre, Mauer and Helton in. Surprised that only three made it in.

Angelz4ever
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2 months ago
Reply to  Jim Atkins

All three were studs-They all deserve it.

Angels2020Champs
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2 months ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

Does Twitter have a word count, because the “limited season tickets are still available, our representatives are standing by” got cut off

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

I dont understand this team at all. Either rebuild or try to win. What are we hoping to accomplish next year? Either try to acquire prospects or win more games.

As usual they are doing neither.

Angelz4ever
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  ihearhowie3.0

Signing some FAs mean the farm can percolate a little more. IMHO, I think the Halo brass promised Trout they’d never, “Tear down rebuild” before he signed that long term contract.

Eric_in_Portland
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2 months ago
Reply to  Angelz4ever

Percolate!??!? More like “not rely on” or “ignore”

2GA2Join
Super Member
2 months ago

And now we have Miguel Sano…

Twebur
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2 months ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

Whatever his salary……+ + more $ for extra food. He’s a big boy.

Angelz4ever
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

Yeah, that’s a tight end playin MLB.

cookmeister
Trusted Member
2 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

he’s lost a ton of weight

Marcotor
Trusted Member
2 months ago
Reply to  cookmeister

Coming to Spring “in the best shape of his life”.

Angelz4ever
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  Marcotor

Round or pear-shaped?

Last edited 2 months ago by Angelz4ever
halofansince1978
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

More mediocrity.

2GA2Join
Super Member
2 months ago

So we DFA’d Alfonso Rivas… I can’t even remember who that was.

Cowboy26
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2 months ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

Bummer I thought he’d potentially be a good pick up. He’s a left handed hitting 1B/Outfielder with off the charts 1B defense . Think of Trey Cabbage with good defense that won’t strike out every other at bat

2GA2Join
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Apparently there is a chance he’ll make it through waivers, but we’ll see.

matthiasstephan
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

He only had 100 odd plate appearances last year. I can’t imagine anyone is eager to snap him up.

Cowboy26
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2 months ago

Either way, The Salt Lake Bees will be nasty this year

steelgolf
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

So they DFA’d him for a strike out machine in Sanó!

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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2 months ago

It’s been a year….and the “unfinished business” hasn’t even been started.

https://x.com/Angels/status/1617656148148224001?s=20

Last edited 2 months ago by Senator_John_Blutarsky
Twebur
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2 months ago

That’s as noteworthy as the WNBA documentary “Unfinished Business” on Amazon Prime.

Booooo Art.

RexFregosi
Super Member
2 months ago

Hall of F’s – Class of 2024 today

Beltre
Mauer
Helton
Wagner

maybe Sheffield – hope so – might as well let him in

on the other end, i think Torri is done but Frankie survives. And am surprised Bart isn’t getting much love at all.

Angelz4ever
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

I agree with Sheffield, he overcame that “…unhappy” comment he made in Milwaukee. He was a gamer and a HoFer.

FungoAle
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  Angelz4ever

I agree as well. Sheffield was very feared in the batters box. Hit baseballs hard every stop along the way. He is the only one that I would vote for but recognize Helton and Beltre will likely get in eventually. Mauer and Wagner should not.

Jeff Joiner
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2 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

Sheffield is both a better player than David Ortiz and failed fewer PED tests.

I’m not happy the bar is now set that low. But it is.

Angelz4ever
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

#freepeterose

Jeff Joiner
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2 months ago
Reply to  Angelz4ever

Sheffield and Ortiz cheated to win.

Degenerate gamblers don’t always want to win. And the games Rose didn’t bet featured a lot of managerial behavior that is suspect at best.

No comparison.

Angelz4ever
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

I was just funnin’ Jeff, when Bart Giamatti died, so did any hope for Charley Hustle to grace the baseball HoF, unless as a paying customer.

What I can’t figure out is the permissions Rose has received to participate in certain MLB activities. Is he all the way out forever or not?

Last edited 2 months ago by Angelz4ever
Angelz4ever
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Mark my words Jeff, MLB will do some BS honoring, maybe even post humous induction, after Rose casts off his mortal coil.

Eric_in_Portland
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2 months ago
Reply to  Angelz4ever

I’d want Joe Jackson in before Rose. As far as I can tell, Shoeless Joe was banned because he wouldn’t snitch

Cowboy26
Legend
2 months ago

This guy? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJwt2dxx9yg I’m not sure he’ll ever get in.

Cowboy26
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2 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

My issue with Sheffield, even if you ignore his issues with “The Clear”, is as a young 19 to 20 year old he admitted he intentionally made errors in games to get out of Milwaukee.

I dont know about you but any time a player does not always give his best, for whatever reason, I have a hard time supporting him for baseballs most hallowed award.

Jeff Joiner
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2 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Agreed.

Angelz4ever
Super Member
2 months ago

Glad we didn’t sign Chapman. We don’t need a domestic abuser on the team. Yes, in an argument, firing a gun in anger in your garage is domestic violence, but he’s a celebrity and it was in Florida, so no arrest.

Mia
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Mia
2 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

That headline got me a little hot under the collar.

The entitlement is just dripping all over my computer.

Mikeal1st
Trusted Member
2 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

Two thoughts…

  1. Oh NO! Now the Dodgers won’t be good.
  2. It means he wasn’t worth $33Million/3 Years.
Angels2020Champs
Legend
2 months ago

Mens…. Prostate cancer is real and messes with us more than any other cancer. Metastatic means it’s spread, not good!!
Getting checked is NOT this anymore
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Know your PSA scores (slowly rising = no bueno), meet with a urologist/oncologist and get a biopsy if needed (polyps are normal). Catching cancer early is paramount to survival.

Self care is something that’s been normalized for women or ‘metrosexuals’. Nothing is more emasculating than being dead, get checked!

While you’re at it:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bY-a6mRIA3A

*I have tried to take 2 very serious subjects and bring attention to it while being a poor man’s comedian*

Angelz4ever
Super Member
2 months ago

Thanks dude. Self care goes a long way and men don’t get checked like they should. Late last year I went and got a test…..(Clears throat)….that I had been putting off for too long, that men of my distinguished age group need to have.

Mercifully for me, and unfortunate for everyone else, all was clear on the test. Please self-check and check your significant other as well.

halofansince1978
Super Member
2 months ago

If your doctor orders a poop in the box don’t blow it off…get er done.

Angelz4ever
Super Member
2 months ago

Yes, but for many of us, the doctor going in through the out door is the one test men generally put off-I did, but a good wife stayed on me to get it done.

halofansince1978
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  Angelz4ever

My uncle had prostate cancer so I’m on the 3 year up periscope schedule.

red floyd
Legend
2 months ago

Every six months to a year, and my urologist doesn’t even offer to take me out to dinner after.

By the way, the biopsy is extremely intrusive and painful, but if you need it, GET IT DONE!!!!

Angels2020Champs
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2 months ago
Reply to  red floyd

As the great Eric Cartman once said:

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Angelz4ever
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  red floyd

Indeed RF, on both fronts.

Angelz4ever
Super Member
2 months ago

Good that you are putting in the effort bud.

matthiasstephan
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  Angelz4ever

This is the reason married men live longer.

Cowboy26
Legend
2 months ago
Reply to  Charles Sutton

Are you sure it wasn’t the skinnier fingers?

Angelz4ever
Super Member
2 months ago

Her insistence makes me doubt her long term wisdom though….LOL

Cowboy26
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2 months ago
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Senator_John_Blutarsky
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2 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Chevy’s next line in the movie was great: ”Whew…ever serve time, Doc?”

red floyd
Legend
2 months ago

That sucks for Sandberg. Hoping for the best for him.

Fansince1971
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2 months ago

Rough news about Sandberg. I lived in the north side of Chicago in ‘88 and ‘89 (about a block from Wrigley). The Cubbies were a bunch of fun – particularly in ‘89 when Mark Grace showed up. That summer you couldn’t go anywhere without hearing the Cubs games on cabbies radios. You could literally walk down the street and follow the games listening to Harry Caray blaring from cab to cab. Those were the days and Sandberg was the toast of the town.

As an Angel fan, the hapless Cubs were right up my alley. They became my National League team. The film Taking Care of Business (1990) had the Angels and the Cubs in the World Series – a dream of mine. Particularly after the ‘89 Angels (91 wins but a very tough Division that year had them 3rd) and the ‘89 Cubs (93 wins – 1st in their Division)

So many great Sandberg memories. He always was a tough out – hope that applies to prostate cancer too.