LA Angels Weekend News Crash: Options

Cactus League play is now two weeks old and the routine of baseball feels normal again. As of now there are plenty of at bats to go around and rosters are fluid. But some rosters shakeups are looming.

Nearly two dozen players in Major League camps are out of options meaning they can not be sent back down to the minors without being exposed to the waiver wire. Six of those players are in Angels camp.

There are some pretty notable names across baseball that are out of options and facing a do or die spring. Undoubtedly some will be traded and some placed on waivers.

Big news out of San Francisco last weekend was the signing of Matt Chapman. The Giants already had a decent third baseman in JD Davis. Will they trade him? Where?

An above average bat capable of playing first and third would fit in perfectly in Anaheim. He’s even on a one year deal. The annual Anthony Rendon not playing baseball tradition has already started.

This injury doesn’t appear to be major. Rendon should get into enough Cactus League games to be in shape for his usual 42% on Angels games this season.

You know how the Angels call a college draftee up super early every season? Cole Fontenelle is getting looks in Tempe and just might be the 2024 player to pretty much skip the minors. Here’s a cool clip from the first time I remember seeing him.

One guy who is definitely in shape is Mike Trout. He looks slimmer and he stole a base against the Dodgers this week.

Getting a season of vintage Mike Trout would be awesome. He was an all around beast for so long and I think people are starting to forget just how incredible of a ball player he was, and hopefully can be again. He’s working on something in his swing, but it looked just fine against Oakland.

There are still plenty of free agents on the market. The Chapman signing means the Boras Four is down to two. Boras says that teams are starting to panic, but it could be the other way around.

Two intriguing arms not tied to Boras or draft compensation are Mike Clevinger and local boy Michael Lorenzen. I’m open to adding one or the other and pushing Silseth to depth. One holdup might be giving Lorenzen a second year. No work on Clevinger’s market.

Last week I linked a really cool piece by Matt Welch and the link was bonkers. It is too good of a piece to miss. So here it is again.

Enjoy your weekend and get out in the sun. We have our first game of Spring Ball tomorrow followed by the all important team pizza party. It really doesn’t get any better than that.

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Angels2020Champs
Legend
3 months ago

https://www.mlb.com/gameday/padres-vs-angels/2024/03/10/748022/preview

Todays Lineup:

Rengifo
Nolan Ryan S
Trout
#6
Hicks
Ward
Drury
O’Hoppe
Neto

Looking moar and moar like an Opening Day lineup

FungoAle
Legend
3 months ago

Seems like it. Rengifo as a DH today with #6 in the lineup. RF is probably the platoon position this year.

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
3 months ago

This does not include Adell, Moniak, or Marisnick.

I’m preparing myself for Hicks as the regular with trades coming

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
3 months ago

It’s being well reported that Buster Olney thinks the Angels will sign Snell-you know the pitcher-not smell. He has won 2 CYA with pitching in 180 each time. After that he is injured and pitches in 128 as the most. He has little control as he walks a lot of batters.

Please Perry do not waste the money on this guy, save the $ for another day-he is the pitchers version of Rendone.

Twebur
Legend
3 months ago

Hearing same, safe to assume this will be another bad contract.

If it’s true….
first game pitching line with us, 4.2 innings, 6 hits, 3 walks, 3 runs, 109 pitches.

CAoldskoll
Trusted Member
3 months ago

Great opinion GB, but I say yes on Snell, if contract is short 3yr with team option after 2. We need a big splash, obviously fan morale is at an epic low after losing the best player in baseball to crosstown team. And the continuous criticism we hear MLB media to just give up, trade Trout to a contender for nothing and pay most of his salary. Just except becoming a Pirates or A’s and put all your faith in draft and minor league hopefuls. F them. Not against a future rebuild, but not right now after everything that’s happened. And yeah, piss haters off and get Bauer too.

FungoAle
Legend
3 months ago
Reply to  CAoldskoll

Faith in the draft was worked out great for the Orioles. They look to be .sustainable as well. Reds too and the Pirates are coming along.

RexFregosi
Super Member
3 months ago

Snell bells are ringing loudly today – cmon Arte – do it!

Angelstan
Trusted Member
3 months ago

Also being reported Snell is amenable to a shorter term deal. The guy won the Cy Young twice. If they can get him on a 2-3 year deal, it’s worth it.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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3 months ago

Callis, Dykstra and Mayo ranked all 30 farm systems…..we’re #30!

https://www.mlb.com/news/farm-system-rankings-2024-preseason?t=mlb-pipeline-coverage

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
3 months ago

Old news, but the rumor did start about 6 years ago. 😁 

FungoAle
Legend
3 months ago

Yeah, to no surprise. Fangraphs gave the same pretty much. Bottom or second to the bottom. Not sure Schauny Singles even cracked the top 100. And on Fangraphs list of guys outside the top 100 to keep an eye on, I think the Angels were a goose egg, no players. Even if Neto was still down in the farm system, bottom 3rd. But Perry is doing a great job. Continuity, we need moar continuity.

Eric_in_Portland
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3 months ago
Reply to  FungoAle

saying “Schauny Singles” on a day when he hit a homerun seems ill-timed.

FungoAle
Legend
3 months ago

Even Tyler Featherston would run into one

Cowboy26
Legend
3 months ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Who?

FungoAle
Legend
3 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Taylor’s brother

Angels2020Champs
Legend
3 months ago

https://x.com/JeffFletcherOCR/status/1766506974961680515?s=20

Something to ‘look forward to’ tomorrow 🙄

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
3 months ago

I’ll be needing a dose of Hopeium 😎 

Angels2020Champs
Legend
3 months ago

It’s too bad, man…

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😉

RexFregosi
Super Member
3 months ago

Best hopium I got this spring was a fan reminding me the NL All Star infield each game this decade is essentially Braves.

Angels2020Champs
Legend
3 months ago

Angel Hernandez in mid season form. Ejects Lance Lynn (who then gets ejected from the bullpen trying to continue his workout) and Oli Marmol. He’s single handedly going to make robo umps come to fruition sooner than later:

https://fansided.com/posts/ump-show-angel-hernandez-in-midseason-form-ejecting-lance-lynn-oli-marmol-in-spring-training-01hrhwzje701

steelgolf
Super Member
3 months ago

The one place where Manfraud needs to step in and say “enough of this bullshit”, and permanently demote him to MILB, or go through the process of permanently retiring him. It has now become completely absurd.

Angels2020Champs
Legend
3 months ago
Reply to  steelgolf

Completely agree!!

He even lost his racial discrimination lawsuit against MLB. I guess the umps union is doing a good job of pleading learned ignorance in his case.

Funny enough, I had a college professor call herself a triple threat (gender, ethnicity, age) and that she couldn’t be fired. We recently met up for lunch. When I mentioned that, we both chuckled and she said she’s missing the 2024 other part of the quadrant (she’s hetero). Maybe Angel has another card he’s playing we dont know about. 2024 y’all

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GrandpaBaseball
Legend
3 months ago
Reply to  steelgolf

Manfraud just needs to be tougher than the Umpires Union by not agreeing to any new contract if the Union does not agree to police their own. Just how does the Umpires Union justify having a thin-skinned, chip on the shoulder, bad judgement calling who is not learning or improving allowed to take the field. There needs to be some standards applied in the profession. % of bad calls in a season per game. Weight is another issue when it comes to mobility. A written test yearly on the rules. Mental evaluations, stress tests, yearly eye exams. These would be my starting points.

Hernandez not only checks the box for Balls and Strikes, but also for many other boxes as well, he has no business being on the field at any level of Baseball.

AnAngelsFan
Super Member
3 months ago

It’s spring training. The teams should have agreed to eject Angel Hernandez and play the game short an umpire.

Angels2020Champs
Legend
3 months ago

https://www.mlb.com/gameday/angels-vs-guardians/2024/03/09/748045/preview

Todays lineup:

Neto
Nolan
Trout
Ward
Rengifo
Thiass
Marisnick
Calhoun
Adrianza

Fun to see the top 1/2 of the lineup get some work in as that will be our Opening Day one, hope the bottom 1/2 can prove a little something to earn some more playing time.

BannedInLA
Super Member
3 months ago

I prefer Neto, at this juncture, in the 9-hole, but this job is obviously wide open.

Adrianza has come back to earth after
a torrid first few games. I wonder if his spot is such a lock after all….

Angels2020Champs
Legend
3 months ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

Neto at 9 is pretty ideal, means the rest of the order is pulling their weight. Don’t mind seeing him lead off in ST. Might as well get a look.

Cowboy26
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3 months ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

I look at who plays Short when Neto doesn’t and right now it’s race between Soto and Adrianza. If Soto keeps hitting better then he he might give Adrianza a run for his money, but considering Ehire is a switch hitter and at 34 can ride the pine indefinitely I think he still gets the nod especially with his relationship with Wash. The Angels probably would still prefer to have Soto continue to develop at AAA.

HalosFanForLife
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Angels2020Champs
Legend
3 months ago

Meh, yesterday it the M’s. Just Borass churning the media machine to try to increase bidders for his client. We know Arte won’t sign high priced pitchers.

As far as who plays 3B, platoon it until someone steps up and earns it. No one is deserving thus far.

BannedInLA
Super Member
3 months ago

You must be unaware of the Triumvirate that is Rendon, Rengifo & Sano.

HalosFanForLife
Trusted Member
3 months ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

A Triumvirate that needs to be overthrown. LOL

HalosFanForLife
Trusted Member
3 months ago

So Betts is going to be be the Dodgers daily SS at the MLB level not having played since his youth? He’s one of my favorite players and one of, if not, the best athlete in baseball. But he’s going to get exposed. I always wondered why he played second coming up and not short, because he has a rifle of an arm. All that being said, it will be awesome to watch his development which is cool to say for a guy that’s a future HOFer. I bet there’s a measurable difference by the end of the year, and we’ll see some web gems, but we’re going to see some errors on some routine plays too. The only position to get rushed like the SS is the catcher. This play is one of my all-time favorites. (Nothing beats the Edmonds catch). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ele_6M4rUHQ

HalosFanForLife
Trusted Member
3 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

I think he’s so good he’ll get there. But I can’t see anyone being good enough of an athlete to pull off that switch without some serious hiccups. The average fan doesn’t get how good these SS’s are. They are moving Gavin Lux out, a primary SS, because he was struggling. They have to know there will be issues but know what Betts can be and think he’ll adapt fast enough. I’m going to enjoy watching him.

HalosFanForLife
Trusted Member
3 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

It will be interesting to see what he does with plus runners. This play is such a great example of something that looks routine to most fans. Ball hit mid 90’s off the bat. Right at Anderson. No shuffle. Throws with intent. And it’s bang-bang. He shuffles – he’s safe. Witt went down the line in under 3.7 from the right side. (Witt legitimate 5 tool – there aren’t many). The speed creates pressure, but Anderson stayed smooth. MLB SS’s have to make this play. Altuve beat out a hit against us a few years ago on the same play, and it sparked the Astros to come back and win a tight game. ($5 million a win folks) I don’t remember who our SS was on it, but I remember seeing how thinking we need a SS. I like that we have one now, even though he’s going to have a learning curve too.

https://www.mlb.com/rays/video/bobby-witt-jr-grounds-out-shortstop-tim-anderson-to-first-baseman-jose-ab

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Cowboy26
Legend
3 months ago

Well 4+ tool player Witts glove work still needs some Wash.

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HalosFanForLife
Trusted Member
3 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

He statistically could have easily won the Gold Glove last year. But, I am in agreement. He is as athletic as anyone at the position, but he still plays a little stiff. He made huge improvements since he’s come in the league, though, and I know he works at it. If he played in New York, he would have won it last year.

Cowboy26
Legend
3 months ago

Well if the stats they use to determine who wins a GG indicate he was a finalist then it’s time to get some different statistics.

The Fielding Bible has him in the bottom Quintile of the entire league he DRS so hes got a lot to work on there.

HalosFanForLife
Trusted Member
3 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

He had a .977 fielding percentage. He also gets to balls the majority of guys can’t get to. I also think DRS and dWAR stats are absolutely bonkers. Absolutely, not enough data on DRS in a season as there aren’t enough challenge balls and they aren’t distributed equally across the league. Remember how good Squid looked in that stat and how his skillset caught up to him the next season? And dWAR basically had Keith Hernandez as a replacement level defender with 11 GG’s. Both are crap stats in my opinion.

HalosFanForLife
Trusted Member
3 months ago

Are we now calling Trout a 3 tool player?

Roy Hobbs
Super Member
3 months ago

I’m surprised that an organization as sharp as the Dodgers would do this. They have enough offense to absorb Lux not hitting if that was the case, and if he’s struggling a little defensively, he’ll likely work it out. He’s a real SS. It’s a very impulsive and panicky move that is uncharacteristic of their organization. It risks potential injury to their best player and is essentially an unnecessary experiment for a team looking to win a championship. If they’re really that down on lux they should just trade for a real SS.

Cowboy26
Legend
3 months ago
Reply to  Roy Hobbs

I’m not . The”sharp” organization let both Kyle Seager and Trea Turner walk in free agency when it was clear they had no one in the organization to replace them.

This arrogance has helped lead to a continual early exit in the playoffs . I cant wait to see how they botch 2024.

Fleckstein
Trusted Member
3 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

I don’t remember losing those players causing any real effect on Dodger dominance. They seem to know what they are doing better than anyone save perhaps Tampa

Cowboy26
Legend
3 months ago
Reply to  Fleckstein

I think you mean dominance of the regular season. As its obvious Their shit dont work in the playoffs.

BTW who was the MVP of their only recent World Series (faux as it was) championship?

Hint: he was also the MVP of the 2023 World Series. But despite my stupidity he wasn’t named Kyle

Roy Hobbs
Super Member
3 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

At least we agree, i don’t think it’s a smart move.

CAoldskoll
Trusted Member
3 months ago

Betts will do fine at SS, the runs they score and elite pitching will cover what misplays he has. A true RED SOX legend, should have retired with them. But with the FA thing in his last year they knew he was not signing an extension and testing the market. So he got traded to the F Dodgers and what happened……signed an extension with them when could have made way more $$ as FA. Just another example how an MVP player falls into LA.

grichmanpoorman
Trusted Member
3 months ago

Played SS in 11 games last year and often in the minors.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
3 months ago

Who would have ever believed that Albert’s or Hamilton’s contracts while vying for first place as the worst contracts the Angels ever agreed to were not at the top of the list. Rendon is just far out the worst ever, maybe of all time in MLB history, BTW-all three were Arte’s picks, lol.

Over 30-less than 6. Any player signed to any part of a 5 yr contract will hurt the signing team somewhere down the road 90% of the time. Oh sure there are a few exceptions up until now but, have they finished those contracts out? (i.e. Harper)

Does anybody care what time it is? Time to release the Rendone time. Who cares if he has a 3War somewhere else as I don’t believe the fans really care any more.

Angelz4ever
Super Member
3 months ago

I disagree G-Pa, Strasburg has the worst MLB contract ever.

Angels2020Champs
Legend
3 months ago
Reply to  Angelz4ever

I disagree with your disagree… I’d say Pooholes, Hambone, and Rendone are significantly worse than WS MVP Strasburg resigning with the team that drafted him. The majority of Strasburg’s contract will be paid out by insurance, so the owner is really only hamstrung by luxury tax. The same can’t be said for the aforementioned FA Halo pickups. At least Albertross tried (imo his playing of HS ball as a 21+ year old is worse than his contract here), Hambone’s warts were known, but Rendone is the worstestest of the bunch. Hitting a fan, hitting another player while out ‘injured’, coupled with his complete lack of awareness yet smug holier than thou attitude take the cake.

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Pineapple12
Super Member
3 months ago

In terms of releasing Rendone, I agree, but there’s no purpose in letting his apathetic ass take up any rent in my head or emotions.

It is what is. Wait for him get hurt sometime in May and we can enjoy watching Miggy Sano launch 30+ 💣.

HalosFanForLife
Trusted Member
3 months ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

You think he makes it to May? Aren’t we the eternal optimist?

Angels2020Champs
Legend
3 months ago

Speak it into existence, over and over and over and over again 🤣

Hope the guy is right. Sano missed all last year in MLB (his ‘22 numbers are even worse than his ‘24 ST numbers) then lost 60 lbs so it’s a fair question if he can even make it through 1/2 the season with his new bod.

Personally, I’m going to let a few weeks then months of the actual season play out before I get all rah rah on a guy. Hopefully there are multiple surprises but I don’t need to ‘call it’ beforehand to inflate my pride/ego… but to each their own.

2GA2Join
Super Member
3 months ago

Rumor that Monty is looking for a 7 year deal…

No wonder he hasn’t been signed.

2GA2Join
Super Member
3 months ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

I’m firmly in the sign Monty and not Snell camp, but for 7 years, I say forget it and roll with who we have. Maybe grab Clevinger or Lorenzen.

I’d rather drop big coin on Soto, Burnes or Fried next year.

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
3 months ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

Rumor has it that teams are panicking about pitching now (source: Boras)

Also 4 new mystery teams are now in on Montgomery and Snell (source: Boras)

YOUknowulovetheIE
Trusted Member
3 months ago

Fucking rendone and his milking injuries. My least favorite angel ever.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend

Where’d you hear he’s milking his injuries? Same source that investigated and found out he doesn’t even like baseball?

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
3 months ago

He plays thru his injuries as well as Trouty after all. 😀 

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend

Sad. True.

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
3 months ago

Kolarek to the minors camp. Stay there!!

2GA2Join
Super Member
3 months ago

Votto to Jays.

So that rumor mill is put to rest.

FungoAle
Legend
3 months ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

Makes sense being a Canadian. Hope he does well.

FungoAle
Legend
3 months ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Damn a minor league deal, he really wants to play.

Cowboy26
Legend
3 months ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Maybe now we should sign this dude to a minor league deal?

https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/beltbr01.shtml

FungoAle
Legend
3 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

I’d be good with that. A true first baseman. I also like Eric Lauer but he got picked off by the Pirates this week on a minor league deal.

SchofieldsWalkoff
Trusted Member
3 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

This assumes a 36 yo with bad knees, over 100 million in earning and 2x WS trophy is open to spending any time in the minors.

FungoAle
Legend
3 months ago

If Joey could do it, maybe Brandon?

SchofieldsWalkoff
Trusted Member
3 months ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Possibly but Brandons not chasing a WS trophy which is usually the reason players like Votto hang around.

Cowboy26
Legend
3 months ago

Plus he was a big Astro fan growing up ( at least that’s what he told my daughter) so maybe he’s holding out for them ?

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend
3 months ago

https://bleacherreport.com/articles/10112010-the-2024-best-case-scenarios-for-every-mlb-team

Yes, it’s “just” BR – but it’s still brutal:

2023 Season: 73-89

2024 Over/Under: 72.5 Wins

Player-Specific: Anthony Rendon plays a full season and doesn’t complain about how long it is.

The Angels third baseman has come under a lot of scrutiny for his words and actions over the past year or so, but there’s a reason he got that $245 million contract in the first place. If he can overcome the past three years of injury-plagued, replacement-level production and get back to the MVP-caliber baseball that he was playing from 2017 to ’20, that would at least help the Halos adjust to life after Shohei Ohtani.

Team-Oriented: Angels “Ewing Theory” their way to an unlikely wild-card spot.

There is no rational reason the Angels should be a contender after losing Ohtani and seemingly devoting their entire offseason to signing relief pitchers and only relief pitchers. This starting rotation is probably bottom five in the majors, and the DH spot has gone from the one clear strength of this team to a huge question mark. But maybe getting out from under Ohtani-mania sparks a little “whole is greater than the sum of its parts” sort of year in L.A

Cowboy26
Legend
3 months ago

Also known as the A Rod Theory. Go look at the 2000 to 2001 Seattle Mariners and the 2003 to 2004 Texas Rangers .

But too bad I wasted 2 minutes of my life reading the BR’s trash. Boy I would think the next time they have anything relevant to say or accurately predict will be the first time.

FungoAle
Legend
3 months ago

People just need to move past Rendon. Put him and his issues out of our thought process. He does not represent the future. One inning played wearing an Angel uniform is too many. Time for a Russell Wilson jobber on his a$$.

Cowboy26
Legend
3 months ago

2 off days in a row for the youngsters Neto & Schanuel?

Man when I was their age I could play everyday twice a day.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
3 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Some guys getting last looks?

BannedInLA
Super Member
3 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Did you also walk to school, up hill in both directions during a snow storm !!!

Angels2020Champs
Legend
3 months ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

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Angelz4ever
Super Member
3 months ago

The Angels are going to the ST World Series!! Woot-woot!!

Twebur
Legend
3 months ago
Reply to  Angelz4ever

Eat it 2020 Doyers!!

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend
3 months ago
Reply to  Angelz4ever

Wash better not use up his promised 15 WAR during spring training……

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
3 months ago
Reply to  Angelz4ever

 😂 

FungoAle
Legend
3 months ago

I sure do remember pre-husband, pre-dad, vintage Trout. My 12-year old daughter bought me the goofy cap with a Trout coming out of it because she knew my over the top fanfare for the Millville Meteor. It’s time to get after it again, Mike.

ihearhowie3.0
Super Member
3 months ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Mike’s second half of his career should just be entirely be about training his body for endurance over explosiveness. Swap out the power lifting stuff for yoga and pilates and just keep the base healthy. Get on base, hit doubles and play more games.

FungoAle
Legend
3 months ago
Reply to  ihearhowie3.0

I don’t know, is he power lifting? He has a rare back condition so I’m guessing he is training to keep fit over power lifts. Highly doubt he is trying to add muscle mass but training his body to keep an explosive first step is something he should be doing.

clover_black
Super Member
3 months ago
Reply to  ihearhowie3.0

barry bonds should be the template.

red floyd
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3 months ago
Reply to  clover_black

You’re saying Trout should use ‘roids?

Cowboy26
Legend
3 months ago
Reply to  red floyd

No. Just the clear.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
3 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

 😀 

Fleckstein
Trusted Member
3 months ago
Reply to  FungoAle

I think having to run around and chase his kid has put him back in running shape!

steelgolf
Super Member
3 months ago

I fully expect Rendone to play 8 games and then have to undergo a groin- ectomy and be out until the last week of the season.

WallyChuckChili
Legend
3 months ago
Reply to  steelgolf

That’s not enough games to get past his yearly slow start and get into a fan shouting match.

FungoAle
Legend
3 months ago
Reply to  steelgolf

I actually prefer that he not play. Until something better comes along, Rengifo takes over 3rd while Drury mans 2nd.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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3 months ago
Reply to  steelgolf

My sources have shared that Rendon is suffering from Dysmenorrhea and will be ready to resume baseball related activities in 7 to 10 days.

Angelstan
Trusted Member
3 months ago

The fate of those without further options will be interesting to see. Let’s get to the regular season before we start denigrating the team or certain players for injuries. It’s all about the games that count in the standings.

The Angels obviously could use a key dependable starter. Wantz and Soriano becoming starters doesn’t sound like outside FA help is coming. But it does sound like plenty of arms exist in the bullpen.

I’m unsure Pomerantz will be one. But there is still time left. It’s a great story if he makes it back and is effective. I expect Sano to make the MLB club. We will see though.

Cowboy26
Legend
3 months ago
Reply to  Angelstan

If Ren-Ren is healthy to start the season your expectations will not be met At least not in the beginning of the season anyways . Sano will go the Great Salt Lake to find his swing along with his previously dispatched buddies Hunter Dozier and Charles LeBlanc. I’m sure all 3 have out clauses in their minor league deals but I have no idea when they are and if any other team would even have interest.

Angels2020Champs
Legend
3 months ago

Matt Welch read was cool… what I wouldn’t give for a revhalofan hamilton-esque piece on hypochrisitan rendon.

Are there other years besides ‘61-‘63 for Welch?

RexFregosi
Super Member
3 months ago

He said he will be slowly rolling out the following years eventually

DowningDude
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3 months ago

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DowningDude
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3 months ago
Reply to  DowningDude

Gawddang – how did I remember this. Can’t remember something from yesterday, but I remember Matt Welch’s funky “bro-fist” gif from like 2008.

Angels2020Champs
Legend
3 months ago
Reply to  DowningDude

The iconic ‘boom goes the dynamite’

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