LA Angels Tuesday News Crash: Arbitrations

The arbitrations are now underway. Taylor Ward and Jose Suarez are the two Angels who couldn’t agree with the team by the deadline. Two other Angels made this list of the Worst Contracts Heading Into 2024. The Angels have a deal with outfielder Aaron Hicks for which they will only have to pay prorated League minimum. Here is Jeff Joiner’s article on the deal. Kolton Ingram was designated for assignment in a corresponding move. The Cardinals claimed Alfonso Rivas off waivers from the Angels.

The Tigers designated right-hander Devin Sweet for assignment to make room on their 40 man roster for Colt Keith. The Orioles and Danny Coulombe came to an agreement avoiding arbitration.

Here is a video montage of Yu Darvish and Justin Verlander being rather uncoordinated. Yasiel Puig was involved in a major baseball brawl down in the Venezuela League.

Former Blue Jays Manager Jimy Williams passed away.

Photo credit: Rex Fregosi

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DMAGZ13
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5 months ago

I think everyone needs to hold on to their pants a bit. There’s no way Ron Washington has already promised Aaron Hicks an everyday role. If we’re to believe anything he’s said about people earning their role then why would Hicks, of all people, already be guaranteed time? I don’t buy that Wash has buried Jo Adell yet. In fact it’d be weird for a guy that just went through the MLB youth thing to speak to just bench Adell. Hicks is just the Ward insurance. I mean who knows if Ward’s head is even right. Like literally. Besides didnt Trent Rush who is the state run media just have Adell on his fake podcast?

Cowboy26
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5 months ago
Reply to  DMAGZ13

Plus we dont know if Jo will ever learn to hit the off speed shitso it would be good to have a legit backup plan. I’m sure Hicks likes home cooking while he collects his $10 million so if he has to sit around little bit until opportunity presents itself ( and it will)

Its a looooong season . if you don’t believe me just ask Rendone.

h27kim
Trusted Member
5 months ago
Reply to  DMAGZ13

None of our OF’s is a sure thing: everyone has some issues (Ward, the effects of the beaning; Trout, durability; Adell, development and defense issues) and could use a quality backup. Besides, Hicks is not exactly a reliable piece either–who knows how much of this season he’ll stay in one piece? Depth is a good thing in general, I think.

Cowboy26
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Angels2020Champs
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5 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

But it will probably up the valuation of the Ångels if/when he does sell:

https://www.theringer.com/platform/amp/sports/2022/11/28/23472636/sports-team-franchise-valuation-sale-prices

Cowboy26
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5 months ago

I doubt it. If the selling price is indeed $1.75 Billion, that’s a far cry from the rumored $3+ Billion offer amounts Arte allegedly received last year

Last edited 5 months ago by Cowboy26
Angels2020Champs
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5 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Numbers often get inflated (auctioneer like).
I don’t even know how the stadium/land or whatever else would influence the price… or if it’s even included.

Eric_in_Portland
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5 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Arte lost his most valuable asset. I’d be curious to know from pros how much value the Angels lost when Ohtani left.

Cowboy26
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5 months ago

Do you think any of the offers from early 2023 were predicated on the Angels retaining Ohtani?

Jimmuscomp
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5 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Oh man. How can he live with only $1.5 billion in profit.

2GA2Join
Super Member
5 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Or maybe the Angelos are selling the Orioles so that they can then buy the Angels from Arte!
 😄 

2GA2Join
Super Member
5 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

I think Arte should be a contestant on Shark Tank, to sell off part of the Angels. It would be fun.

They could ask him
“So, do you have a 3rd baseman?” Um, well, kind of.
“Do you have a plan?” To sell tickets!
“Do you have a farm system?” Well, did I mention we have a sundae in a helmet?

Angels2020Champs
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5 months ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

I have quite a few of those sundae helmets, and we keep them 🙂

2GA2Join
Super Member
5 months ago

I have a box somewhere from my childhood, with one of those little blue helmets and the old logo on it.

Angels2020Champs
Legend
5 months ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

They still have those for retro weekends!

SchofieldsWalkoff
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5 months ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

That’s the only one I still have. It’s from my kids 1st helmet ice cream. She made a mess & ended up on the Jumbotron with chocolate everywhere. Great night.
…then a year later they won the whole damn thing.

Roy Hobbs
Super Member
5 months ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

So it’s a lot like last year with no real everyday 2B or 3B, at least this year they have an actual SS, but a number of players who can play multiple positions sort of okay. It works for this year but then every year your starting over. No long term plan.

Last edited 5 months ago by Roy Hobbs
Jeff Joiner
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5 months ago
Reply to  Roy Hobbs

Drury is a solid second baseman. Not great with the glove but solid offensively.

Schanuel passed the limited eye test at first.

Rendon will get hurt taking team photos.

Roy Hobbs
Super Member
5 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

I’m fine with Drury at 2B, in fact, I would prefer they extend him to provide stability and they can still always trade him. If they had the same coaching staff as last year, I would have no hope, but with the new crew, I’m interested in seeing if they make a difference. I’m certainly hoping for a good year from Trout and growth in the younger players but I am fairly confident this year will end up much like the last few. It will be entertaining and fun to watch how it happens, and in the end it should confirm whether we are not very good or that we can be good with a few of the right additions. We should find out a lot this year and be able to go into next year without all the unknowns. I’m looking forward to what we find out so it will be interesting regardless of how it goes. I do think our pitching will be better than expected.

FungoAle
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5 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Congratulations Baltimore. With a young squad and a deep farm, getting a new owner group who are invested in a winning product could spell doom for the NL East.

Cowboy26
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5 months ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Isn’t there also some weird unresolved litigation and dispute regarding the Baltimore & DC markets that is also impacting the sale of the Nationals?

FungoAle
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5 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Vaguely remember hearing something about that, not up to speed on the subject

Pineapple12
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5 months ago

Lmaooooooooooooo
😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

“Aaron Hicks said it’s been communicated to him that he’ll be an everyday player for the Angels.

He said he expects to play all three outfield spots and DH from time to time.”

https://twitter.com/SamBlum3/status/1752453861468705112?t=qTr3s2cHxmT-syFVB8RtHA&s=19

Jeff Joiner
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5 months ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

I’d bet he plays more days than not IF he’s healthy. That’s definitely a capital IF.

Trout likely gets 2 days per week at DH.
Moniak can’t hit lefties so there’s another game or so each week.
Ward could use a day off or at DH here and there.

Add in a few DH and PH appearances and he’s in the lineup pretty much every day.

Cowboy26
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5 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Could Hicks or Ward play first base against Lefties ? Asking for a friend.

Jeff Joiner
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5 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Interesting. I hadn’t considered it but that would be cool.

Angelz4ever
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5 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Since it is destiny for ALL LH throwing OFers, I am sure Moniak has some experience at 1B. Ward could play there too, though just serviceably.

2GA2Join
Super Member
5 months ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

I’m not sure this is good or bad.

I do figure that almost guarantees we are out on Bellinger (and Granderson too).

We already have 5 outfielders, and 3 OF positions and DH. Trout and Hicks “supposedly” will play almost every day. Unless we’re going to trade away OFs, we’re set with the roster.

matthiasstephan
Super Member
5 months ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

We need someone to be a better fit at 3B. The bench is likely Hicks (or one of the other OF), Thaiss (or a different backup C), Rengifo and Stefanic – as is. We can replace the Plumber with a more versatile player that could field 3B and 1B (potentially) better than Drury/Rengifo can.

I still think Urshela is preferable to Anderson – just for this point. 3B is the one spot (league wide?) with the fewest possibilities out there.

Cowboy26
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5 months ago

Unless the Angels really feel that Sano, Dozier or Leblanc will make the team out of spring training?

All of Perry’s moves this offseason (other than Stephenson) have been on the cheap creating organizational depth while waiting for a bigger move when the ice finally breaks. Not sure that will ever happen for this team. So this maybe all there is.

steelgolf
Super Member
5 months ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

Soooooo, a 73 win season.

BannedInLA
Super Member
5 months ago
Reply to  steelgolf

As they say, you’re going to win 50, you’re going to lose 50 so it’s about what you do in the other 62 games…..

Angelz4ever
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5 months ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

I’m sorry, no one said there’d be any math today…..

ihearhowie3.0
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5 months ago
Reply to  steelgolf

I think that was the assumption before Hicks was an Angel tbh

FungoAle
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5 months ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

Hicks must have had more suitors than the Angels. At $475K, it’s a no brainer. It makes sense that the Angels had to promise more than a couple of FastPass tickets tossed in.

Cowboy26
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5 months ago
Reply to  FungoAle

How about at $745K?

BannedInLA
Super Member
5 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

I’ll accept either salary. Put me in, coach.

Eric_in_Portland
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5 months ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

If the Angels told Hicks he’ll play every day then, I think, they are concerned about Ward’s return

Cowboy26
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5 months ago

It’s only prudent that they should be.

ihearhowie3.0
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5 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Yeah does nobody realize the outfield is Trout who never plays full seasons, Adell, Moniak and Ward who got his face cracked open?

Cowboy26
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5 months ago
Reply to  ihearhowie3.0

And Adell who strained his oblique swinging and missing another pitch with such great and beautiful force.

Angelz4ever
Super Member
5 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Yes, but what a beautiful swing.

2GA2Join
Super Member
5 months ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

He has since walked back that statement….

Angels2020Champs
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5 months ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

See, the ‘corrections’ never get the play the OG headline does… but what do I know 🤪

FungoAle
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5 months ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

Ok, whew. Everyone back to work.

Pineapple12
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5 months ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

Thank goodness !!

2GA2Join
Super Member
5 months ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

I wonder if Aaron’s phone lit up after he posted, and it was Perry or Wash on the phone saying “So you think you are playing every day?”

Cowboy26
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5 months ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

Or Adell & Moniak’s agents called the Platypus.

ihearhowie3.0
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5 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Did I miss a part of Jo Adell’s career where he earned the right to demand playing time?

Roy Hobbs
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5 months ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

Still doesn’t bode well for soon to be MVP Jo Adell. Hicks may have very well have been told what he said because they ultimately have trade ideas, and not just Adell, could be Ward. But of course the expectation was not to blab it to everyone publicly. He was very clear about what he said the first time and the damage control came out through the team.

ihearhowie3.0
Super Member
5 months ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

Not bothered by that. If that means they are trying to convert Adell into some kind of pitcher, lets do it.

BannedInLA
Super Member
5 months ago
Reply to  ihearhowie3.0

Hicks is such a whatever signing.

The club is obviously expecting Adell-Moniak-Ward to earn the AB’s in opinion. Hicks is low level liability insurance. Moreover, if these three can’t beat out washed Hicks, it means they suck. Frankly.

Cowboy26
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5 months ago

https://twitter.com/TaylorBlakeWard/status/1752454835486797859

“……On how bad they are”.

There I finished Mr. Hicks’ sentence for him. Despite, growing up here, he obviously doesn’t know anything about TrAdition

Last edited 5 months ago by Cowboy26
tanana40
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5 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

We will win some games.

red floyd
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5 months ago
Reply to  tanana40

As always, the wisdom of TAME abides.

h27kim
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5 months ago
Reply to  tanana40

Are we?

red floyd
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5 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

At least he’s saying the right things.

Cowboy26
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5 months ago
Reply to  red floyd

He was until he made comments about being told he would play everyday and then having him to retract it hours later.

Angels2020Champs
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5 months ago
Jeff Joiner
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5 months ago

I’d absolutely love to invite the jackwad(s) who did this to a private session at my gym. No cameras, no outsiders, just them and an equal number of us for as long as it takes.

Angels2020Champs
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5 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

I am for this!!! Please don’t make that mistake. The humiliation they deserve should be on WorldStar fight in all honesty. But I also think they should have to be held accountable. As I mentioned the previous day, they should become stewards of the statue (polishing bronze is the same military tactic used as move this rock pile from here to there), be force to host an annual event there and whatever other creative options that will lead to positive change… the most important of which, that they NOT pass it along to future generations.

BannedInLA
Super Member
5 months ago

We’re getting close to baseball activities….

I suspect that we’ll sign 2 more players at most:

SP – Either Clevinger or Lorenzen (With Urias being a distant possibility)

IF – Urshella or Tim Anderson (The lack of depth at SS is alarming)

Identifying possible acquisitions is the easy part. Reconciling that with the 40-Man is an entirely different matter.

cookmeister
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5 months ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

sorry, but Urias is not a possibility at all

Cowboy26
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5 months ago
Reply to  cookmeister

Francolly, I Wander if anyone will take a chance on Juilo Urias or Bauer to face the fall out of signing Trevor and all his questionable peccadilloes.

cookmeister
Trusted Member
5 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

there’s no reason a team is going to sign urias. Bauer, potentially.

Jeff Joiner
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5 months ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

Donovan Solano can cover third and first and provides league average offense.

I still think Anderson on a one year deal is what will happen.

The problem then is Drury is bad at first. Maybe he DH’s more.

HalosFanForLife
Trusted Member
5 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

I trust Anderson will rebound, and potentially rebound big. That WBC made the season very long. I’m all for adding him. Slot him at 2nd and now you have Rengifo as a utility that can bounce around. Neto gets hurt, you have a legitimate SS.

Jeff Joiner
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5 months ago

I think so, too. WBC and his early season injury could be related.

He’s the guy I’d prefer from the likely group.

BannedInLA
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5 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

I’m not convinced we need a full-time DH anyway. Let Drury, Rendon & TBD that needs an off day handle the spot.

Jeff Joiner
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5 months ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

I really don’t like having a full time DH. 162 games is forever.

I love giving a guy like Trout a DH day before an off day. Or being able to play match ups.

Unless your DH absolutely mashes, there’s no reason to clog up that spot IMO.

BannedInLA
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5 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Particularly if we’re going with an extra BP arm to compensate for slew of 4-5 inning starters.

Cowboy26
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5 months ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

The most you are allowed in the pen is 8 relievers with a 5 man rotation. We had the same bullpen size last year because of the Unicorn’s two-way status, as he counted as neither a pitcher or a position player against the limit

BannedInLA
Super Member
5 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Got it. Stupid rule, but got it.

Cowboy26
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5 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

And Drury is not that great at Third either.

Solano only made $2 Million last year and can also cover second and short in a pinch too. Solano, Gio or Anderson would all be an upgrade than what we have right now ( The Plumber?Really? ) slated for the last bench spot in my book.

Twebur
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5 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

The problem then is Drury is bad at first.

-JJ

And Drury is not that great at Third either.

-CB26

Drury really not that good at 2nd.
-Me

FungoAle
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5 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

Drury will be traded come July, book it

Cowboy26
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5 months ago
Reply to  FungoAle

As long as we get something worthwhile in a return I’m ok with it. in fact we can re-sign him later if we want to.

FungoAle
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5 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

I’m a fan of Drury, just feels like a deadline piece to be taken advantage of. He certainly did his part last year.

Jeff Joiner
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5 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Exactly. And I don’t love Rengifo there, either.

I want our bench piece to be good at third base because that’s probably where he’ll play 100ish games.

h27kim
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5 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

I keep wondering what the prognosis is for Urshella is. I have no idea medically, but broken pelvis just sounds bad. Can he even come back to meaningful baseball or what?

Fansince1971
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5 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Gio or Anderson on a 1 year would be sensible depth signings. If Gio then Rendon could DH to avoid booboos

Fansince1971
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5 months ago
Reply to  Charles Sutton

True but there is no fielding DH and he does seem to only want to play half time.

Twebur
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5 months ago

More Moves Jerry

The Seattle Mariners acquired infielder/outfielder Samad Taylor from the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday for a player to be named or cash.

https://news.yahoo.com/seattle-mariners-acquire-utility-player-190002253.html

Cowboy26
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5 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

Meh.

FungoAle
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5 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

JeDi yelling in the phone during a conference call with KC GM, “what’s-Samad-a-with-you! KC GM: “Okay Jer-Jer, we’ll take your cash.’

Cowboy26
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5 months ago

Wow. I know its accuracy has sometimes been called into question, but, if you plug in yesterday’s big Polanco trade in the Trade simulator, this was a huge win for Minnesota (Over 2 times more value than what they gave up). And thats even before considering the $8 Million the JeDi included in the deal.

DeSclafini came over to the Mariners in Robbie Ray deal which now looks like a massive overpay by the Mariners in year one. The net result is they end up jettisoning Ray but acquire up with Polanco for one year and Haniger for 2 years while shelling out an additional $11 million in 2024 (over and above the $23 million they’re paying Ray to Rehab) . The savings actually come to them in 2025 & 2026. Where they potentially save a combined $34 million if they dont pick up Polanco’s 2025 option.

FungoAle
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5 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Trader Jerry. My first reaction was a good move for the Twins to dump Polanco and get some potential upside back. DeSclfani immediately fills a SP need. But time will tell how bad of a trade this was for JeDi. He needed some offense but has gone about it in a weird way. My guess is that they decline the option after Polanco puts up a 1.5 WAR. JeDi’s grandfather was on the Titanic in charge of deck chair arrangement. Must be hereditary.

Twebur
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5 months ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Trader Jerry. My first reaction was 

My first reaction……..Football season is almost over and I’m looking forward to some Angel Baseball, the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
Along with how much joy I get from rooting against Jerry and the M’s. I no longer question how irrational it is because I enjoy it so much.

EAT IT JER!
EAT IT M’s!

Free Hicks for freeing himself from the AL East
Free the tightness that causes Oblique tears
Free Rengifo from suckage for 3/4 of the season, be good in April, May, June and July
Free the Angels from miserably played baseball for almost the last decade and a half

When does Spring Training Start?!!

Jeff Joiner
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5 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

Pitchers and catchers show up two weeks from tomorrow. First game is three weeks from Saturday.

Angels2020Champs
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5 months ago

https://www.mlb.com/news/2023-24-mlb-free-agents-by-position

Decent link that’s updated as quickly as Twitter

Angelstan
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5 months ago

Nice link. BTW I may be kinder than most but I would take Moose and/or Cron back if they were healthy and relatively cheap.

Cowboy26
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5 months ago

I don’t think it’s any coincidence that the top 3 remaining shortstops on that list are all at the very bottom in last years rankings in Defensive Runs Saved

CAoldskoll
Trusted Member
5 months ago

Thought we had a chance with Turner since he was local, maybe he wasn’t offered anything. Bellinger scared every team off with his $$ except Cubs who want price to go down. Don’t think Martinez or Soler are interested in playing for us. Maybe Perry can focus on starting pitchers, that’s what we need.

Cowboy26
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5 months ago
Reply to  CAoldskoll

We have NRIs like Sano , LeBlanc and Dozier that could fill the last bench spot . Anderson is still out there ( as well as Gio) and could be another option . Another long shot is We could also sign Gary Sanchez carry 3 catchers but have LHH Thaiss and Sanchez take at bats at other positions including DH

Considering that right now Rengifo is our primary back up shortstop I would think the lady bench spot would go to someone who can take over when Neto has an ouchie or needs a blow .

Last edited 5 months ago by Cowboy26
FungoAle
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5 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Angels do need a 3rd baseman, that has to be the mindset at this point. Sano reportedly is looking great in winter ball. Or, down to Gio, Longo, and Anderson for me. Hernandez and Solano feel so Rengifo to me. I say avoid Moose and Donaldson.

I have not seen any smoke but one guy I like in the case of an ouchie, for 1-year, Brandon Crawford. Still can play excellent SS and he is willing now to move off of SS and has the gun to play 3rd.

Cowboy26
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5 months ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Not according to the fielding bible . His DRS last year was like -14 . While I would love to have a LHB, Crawford hasn’t had an OPS anywhere near or over 100 in 3 seasons . Unfortunately I think he’s toast .

Angels2020Champs
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5 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Do your numbers include our X factor, Mr RBJW?!?

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Pineapple12
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5 months ago

You are a weirdo lol

Angels2020Champs
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5 months ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

Here, I’ll help you two out (again) since DMs thankfully aren’t allowed:

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-P12 to thou who doesn’t want to be named

Remember friends, choose your own adventure. Play nice, ignore, or if you MUST meet your daily quota stay off my lawn/thread. Thats why I get here early, to mark my territory. In case you missed it, GIFs/memes = playful; links = discussion (even below)

Here, this is me playing soft pitch/giving you a lay up (and this is now in my Google search history)

https://www.jagoffsports.com/amp/best-butts-in-baseball-american-league-edition

I’m going to make you click to see who makes it for the Angels, bet you can’t guess 🙂

Also to clear anything up (because we can never get there in discussion and especially with printed media going by the waist-side) there isn’t even a ‘corrections’ section anymore. Read a headline, catch a feeling and express. WTF wants the truth?! [insert what GIF you know this creep/weirdo/troll/a-hole is thinking]… winner will be left alone forever.

PSS… these are attempts at humor and playing nice. Always willing to move it forward, but slumming it down on the low is enticing. I can see why some of y’all do it.

Last edited 5 months ago by Angels2020Champs
red floyd
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5 months ago

And who the heck are you to tell people they can’t reply to you however they want?

Angels2020Champs
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5 months ago
Reply to  red floyd

🤣

I think everyone likes me (especially irl). No one has taken me up on my offer yet. Shoot, you don’t even to add said GIF/meme. Just name the movie, actor (could be character name or actual name) and I will 100% willing to leave you alone.

In that spirit, here’s a meme that can hopefully unite a few generations

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SchofieldsWalkoff
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5 months ago

That’s your 1st mistake, no one is liked by everyone.
IMO – GIFs/Memes ruin the site experience because
a) they are are frequently blocked and the “joke” is lost
b) they are obnoxious when trying to read comments on a phone

2GA2Join
Super Member
5 months ago

I think the fun use of GIFs is one of the things that made me stick around this community years and years ago when I was bouncing around looking at different Angels fan sites and reading through everything.
I did notice a dropoff in the past year or two, but I figured that was due to the mood (due to the record)…

SchofieldsWalkoff
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5 months ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

My opinion is probably skewed by a few of the more “prolific” picture posting members but I find the memes to be pointless and when they’re insert into a conversation they seem to end any intelligent thought that may have been happening.

Angels2020Champs
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5 months ago

I don’t literally have to fight fire with fire. Again, not lost on me. My first 2k or so posts were all from being at the game, with my kids. Kind of rah rah. It might have been appreciated by some but the vocal minority would say GFY (go f*ck yourself or good for you in a vicious way). I don’t think we have moderators (so we are left to police ourselves). Anyone with more posts than me, would be safe to say they haven’t always hit their mark. The people that provide links/information I can’t get because I don’t have social media (would you believe it, 15 years running) and engage in funny/meaningful discussion is why I am here. I’d supply the link, but I’ll put that in the meme/GIF category for your account… but love me Schofield’s GS on 8/29/86

Last edited 5 months ago by Angels2020Champs
2GA2Join
Super Member
5 months ago

When I think about it, I suppose a lot of the fun GIF interaction I’m remembering is actually from post-game writeups.
And the way the majority of our games have gone the past few years, I guess I’m not surprised that the “fun” has decreased some amount….

Angels2020Champs
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5 months ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

Shuffle bot RIP

Angels2020Champs
Legend
5 months ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

I took 13 months off October ‘22-October ‘23 (not even a thumbs up), seemed 85%+ as WalkOff mentioned. You’re fun to interact with GA. Appreciate you keeping it light yet informative around here too. Another gold star member (they are popular/effective in my house right now for positive reinforcement and I am in no way trying to be dick or use /s)

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Angels2020Champs
Legend
5 months ago

Appreciate the feedback. They aren’t allowed on game threads for those very reasons. I will not reply to anything you post with a GIF/meme.

Online jokes are super odd, right? Written or otherwise.
There are a bunch of frequent users here, there are many inside online jokes (shamwow=schanuel, I guess).

It would be great to hear more from you, someone of few posts (with the hopes more people join and people who don’t post as much, post more often). Theres never been a CtPG meet up, I’ve tried and tried to financially support it.

Not sure what else to say but your post is not lost on me. I try to contribute positively to the site.

SchofieldsWalkoff
Trusted Member
5 months ago

I appreciate you taking the feedback even if you are doing it in sarcasm.

I’ve been around for 3 iterations of this site and posted more frequently to the previous versions but have found that the doomer/”realist”/pessimistic fans floating around here have taken most of the fun out of participating in conversations if there is even the slightest hint of not hating the same as them.

Angels2020Champs
Legend
5 months ago

I am not being sarcastic in the slightest. I’ve been around same as you, espn message board, HH and here. Isn’t that funny, our first instinct here now is that someone is using snark/sarcasm.
I’ve inserted the names I’ve been called (and yet we have a ‘rule’ against that). The only one I haven’t been called in the last few months is 2002heaven (I guess they’ve figure out I don’t have secondary/ghost account like some actually do here) but that was a favorite of the ‘club’. Instead of complaining to Jeff, Jessica, Charles (they literally have it hard enough to run to this place/create content)… I’ve just decided to handle my own in whatever way (or the text group messages I’m in, they don’t want to join fyi, where I share a link to this place occasionally) is fitting. Hoping to hear more from you, gold star status in my book!

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FungoAle
Legend
5 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Yeah, 2021 is too distant. Probably right. The only bible I have is the Beers of the World.

Cowboy26
Legend
5 months ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Now thats one heck of a Bible.

I would think the Angels are also grooming Paris for a second base or utility role if not this season definitely for 2025. His defensive numbers are good and, despite his initial call up struggles last year after skipping AAA, he still held his own in AA last year at the age of 21 Slashing .255/.393/.417 in 514 PAs while stealing 44 bases in only 49 attempts. Maybe the new coaching staff will take him under their wing in ST. Kyren has a ways to go, but he may end up being the best position player Billy ever drafted.

Pineapple12
Super Member
5 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Marsh

Roy Hobbs
Super Member
5 months ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

Brandon Marsh was outstanding last year with a 127 OPS+. He would have been the 3RD best player on the team. The question is would he have performed like that on the Angels with their coaching staff. A very sad commentary. Hopefully, Perry has finally hired a decent staff.

Angelz4ever
Super Member
5 months ago

The Halos are going to Arby’s? What?

Pineapple12
Super Member
5 months ago

Dammit

“Source confirms: Justin Turner in agreement with Blue Jays on one-year contract. First: @jonmorosi

One year, $13M plus $1.5M in roster and performance bonuses.”

https://twitter.com/Ken_Rosenthal/status/1752336498035466284?t=RfDjcSx-706KurVYAzddOA&s=19

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FungoAle
Legend
5 months ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

A bit of a bummer to me. He is up there in age but on a 1-yr I thought it was still a good move. Bat, leader, winner…could play 1st if needed. I think he wanted to sign where he could win.

matthiasstephan
Super Member
5 months ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Urshela? We need someone to play 3B if (when?) Rendon needs a break (or breaks something).

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
5 months ago

San Francisco 49’ers are opening up in Vegas at -1. This will go off at even when all is said and done, and I can’t wait for the big day. Football-commercials-food-family-friends- can’t wait to clean up, not the mess-but my winning team choice, I know who will win. Yep, I got it going, all featured out really. Put your red on as the team that wears red at home games will win. 😃 

Angels2020Champs
Legend
5 months ago

Seasoned degenerates have figured out to bet on the team with a better QB, who is the underdog at the moment?!? Vegas knows what they’re doing/how to get people to bite. I lived through this 4 years ago. Hoping for different results but like you said it’s about the experience.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
5 months ago

I see Bellinger is looking for 8 years at a bargain deal of 299 million dollars. That has crash and burn all over it now does it not. Comeback for the Bellringer they say, but he missed 30+ games do to what, a hang nail?

From the Ohtani files-tickets to his opening day start at DH are going for $1,100+ in Korea. Yikes!

Angelz4ever
Super Member
5 months ago

I think we’re all in agreement that all long term contracts all basically just a train wreck that you hope happens in the last or second to last year, but usually occur much sooner.

toad2065
Trusted Member
5 months ago
Reply to  Angelz4ever

Yep. But idiot owners refuse to learn!

Angelstan
Trusted Member
5 months ago

The price for Hicks is terrific. Hard to argue with that. Looks like Turner is going to Toronto. Is Perry saving his money for a big splash at SP or just saving his money? The Halos need at least another veteran bat. Preferably someone that can play IF at this juncture for about 40-50 games (which includes 1B).

Angels2020Champs
Legend
5 months ago
Reply to  Angelstan

Your post was 34 minutes ago, X just confirmed this 13 minutes ago;

https://twitter.com/FAN590/status/1752339699862053131?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet

You win the internet for today sir!!

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PedroCerrano
Super Member
5 months ago
Reply to  Angelstan

I hope they stay away from Snell. Reported ask is 9yr/$250mm+

Angelstan
Trusted Member
5 months ago
Reply to  PedroCerrano

Yes, I agree that overpaying isn’t fun or good business. Of course, it’s Boros and Arte. The deal has to be inflated, doesn’t it?

cookmeister
Trusted Member
5 months ago
Reply to  PedroCerrano

he can ask all he wants, he’s not getting that

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
5 months ago

The days of these huge player contracts are not over, but the paying out 35-45 million a year even if prorated is really starting to look stupid and while I thought we looked really in bad shape the Nationals look a lot worse.

What has been proven certainly is that starting pitchers over 30 getting 30 mil + are just not worth the money, lone exception being Cole in NY.

If the Mets on one coast and the Giants on the other coast passed or Correa, it only makes sense that the Twins in the middle went to the big numbers for him. Geographical humor there Doc, oh brother, smh.

Angels2020Champs
Legend
5 months ago

What’s up Doc? I LOVE the Mel Blanc coming out of his coma story:
https://www.openculture.com/2013/05/the_strange_day_when_bugs_bunny_saved_the_life_of_mel_blanc.html
Angels related, my daughter has this hanging in her room:
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GrandpaBaseball
Legend
5 months ago

Aaron Hicks deal reminds me of an old saying we have all heard-Throw enough shit against the wall and some will stick.

So, if Trout comes up hurtin’ in ’24 we still have Moniak for CF, Taylor Ward for LF, and Adell for RF. And if anyone needs a day off, you know one of those scheduled days off deals we have Rengifo to do a game or. If Tony Two Sacks of sh.. can’t play then there is Renny to play third. Yikes should any other OFer gets hurt or comes up short with the bat.

Angels2020Champs
Legend
5 months ago

Spicy Grandpa is fun! Made me laugh while making a great point

Angels2020Champs
Legend
5 months ago

I thought Strasburg didn’t play (he doesn’t), but is still under contract… which is why he beat out our very own #6 and MNT.

MLB players, like kids and everyone else who walks God’s green earth, have long memories (Darvish reference for those that don’t click links above).

One of the Hicks articles says ‘unpopular ex-Yankees player signs…’ which made me think it would be really cool to be the team (not the As but in reference only) where players wanted to come ‘just’ play baseball. And we would be in a spot to offer them big bucks if they earned it. Would be a complete 180 to signing FAs where their best years happened elsewhere, or letting talent go out the door to see better days. Like Goldilocks, hopiuming that we can find that juuuuust right mix.

Don’t forget friends, choose your own adventure. It all started out with a GIF, how did it end up like this 🙂