LA Angels Thursday News Crash:

The Angels just designated Amir Garrett for assignment. I swear! Jose Suarez must have some compromising pictures of Perry. Davis Daniel was called up to take Garrett’s place.

The Angels seem to be at the top of this list of teams who might be sellers at the trade deadline. Go figure. Who do you build a franchise around? Mike Trout got mentioned as someone who was kicked off the list as too injury prone. Aaron Judge made the list of 50, I guess because he had that one healthy season in 2022.

Twins reliever Justin Topa has a tear in his patellar tendon and will miss at least six weeks. Rhys Hoskins has a strain in his right hamstring and will miss two to four weeks. Max Scherzer is now on the 60 day IL. Also on the injured list are Nick Lodolo, Alex Wood and Darrell Hernaiz,

The White Sox demoted Michael Soroka to the bullpen and gave Brad Keller his rotation spot. The Giants signed Curt Casali to a major league deal.

Ronel Blanco got suspended ten games and fined for his foreign substance ejection.

Photo credit: Rex Fregosi

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Eric_in_Portland
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1 day ago

this is all I needed to read….

“The 24-year-old Contreras was DFA’d by the Pirates on Saturday”

2GA2Join
Super Member
1 day ago

I just read a small excerpt that Juan Soto is really focused on winning, regarding his next contract.

Well, there goes any idea that we might sign him.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
1 day ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

Dang, and we were all waiting with bated breath for him to return to California-wait! There is always the team in Blue up the 5. 😄  Everybody wants to come to the Angels to play with Mike for a month every season.

halofansince1978
Super Member
1 day ago

So is it Andrew going to be Cy-Dog tomorrow?

Mia
Legend
Mia
1 day ago

I think they’d both be excellent managers. I think Pujols’ personality is better suited to it than Yadi, though.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
1 day ago

Notice Albert’s head size and neck size are considerably shrunk, he used steroids is my thinking, has been also accused of fibbing about his age to boot. I won’t hire him as a ballboy, but that’s just me.

Twebur
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1 day ago

Compareing his head/neck size…. You might be on to something GPB

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AngelsFanInHell
Trusted Member
1 day ago

Sanó is almost back. I am happy that our infield is starting to get healthy. We need Drury back so bad.

I know a few here are happy that Rengifo got over his bought with Herpes, but he should be trade bait for any kind of pitching.

halofansince1978
Super Member
1 day ago

Rengifo was activated today

BannedInLA
Super Member
1 day ago

Rengifo sucks.

Also, Rengifo is our best trade asset.

Twebur
Legend
1 day ago

Davis Daniel back to the Salt Lake Bees after a day. I worry about some of these guys getting The Bends or blood clots spending so much time in the air.

Not sure who the new guy is, the X Pirate Roansy?

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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Reply to  Twebur

Yes

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gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend

So. As it stands now we have a team full of scrubs and kids who get face blasted 2 of every 3 games. And a manager who is the first I’ve seen going back past Terry Collins who seems to have just about every player sit down next to him and talk to him during the game. Probably because he is stupid.

I’ll call it a win if the team manages to get the win percentage up to .500 for the last couple months of the season. Just get better. Figure out which kids and scrubs are worth keeping around for next year. I’m not an incredibly self assured asshole so I’m not going to declare who is worthy in mid-May. But hopefully about ten 2025 roster spots will be spoken for by September. Bonus, we’ll see a bunch of MiLB arms soonish and you can all stop bleating like a stabbed lamb about Suarez.

Roy Hobbs
Super Member
1 day ago

We will not see .500, but we will do the rest.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  Roy Hobbs

I mean going .500 for the months of Aug/Sep

Marcotor
Trusted Member
1 day ago

We all know Washington is stupid because after… what, 3 months? None of our infielders are instant Gold Glove winners. Never mind Texas, Oakland, Atlanta all got considerably better with patience while he was there. Stupid Wash. Stupid Perry for hiring him. Stupid pitcher draft and none are Cy winners yet.

max
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max
1 day ago
Reply to  Marcotor

YESH!

Cowboy26
Legend
1 day ago

Not sure what phantom disease struck Rengifo but hes finally recovered and back

https://getyarn.io/yarn-clip/a3dd5c61-87a5-4471-afaf-6c7ebe1b00c0

BannedInLA
Super Member
1 day ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Best Player On The Team’itis

AngelsFanInHell
Trusted Member
1 day ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

I hope you don’t actually believe that. He can hit fine, but every other part of his game is a disaster.

Roy Hobbs
Super Member
1 day ago

Best player on the team right now is not a high bar, pretty much every player we have on the roster is flawed. His strengths are as good as anyone else’s on the roster. No single player is the best but he’s one of the group with the best strengths. Using OPS+ he is currently the best hitter on our team and the best base stealer.

BannedInLA
Super Member
1 day ago

9-1 in stolen bases.

Position flexible with a cannon arm.

O’Hoppe is close, but day-in-day-out, Rengifo has been our best player on the field.

Twebur
Legend
1 day ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

Group of Adell, O’Hoppe and Rengifo, hard to argue with. Rengifo has a big point deduction due to availability, which is likely the new normal, just because. New trAdition

BannedInLA
Super Member
1 day ago
Reply to  Twebur

Fair enough. In any fair analysis, he’s one of 5 best players. The dragging that he receives from too many people is tiresome.

Particularly when you throw in things like production vs. salary and 80% of our roster.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
2 days ago

I must be Loney in being loyal, but I still love the Angels and watching them is a lot of fun still. Still, I think a new owner and rebuild is in order. I’m just not sure why Arte wants to hang out any longer, kind of a mystery like why do the Asstros seem to like cheating so much?

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend

Loney? No
Loony? Perhaps

RexFregosi
Super Member
1 day ago

Money

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
1 day ago

See I am Loony 😃 

Marcotor
Trusted Member
1 day ago

Still?

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
1 day ago
Reply to  Marcotor

Yep, still.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
2 days ago

I’m not so sure right now that streaming will be the answer all to watching regional baseball games, but right now MLB has to come through and keep baseball on the air. With all the network channels, cable TV offerings, and all the available streaming services available, there just isn’t enough advertising money available to keep everyone afloat. Add to that the rise in subscription fees to streaming services going up faster in price that a Big Mac, all might fall like a house of cards. Interesting as to how MLB comes out of all this down the road if folks have to purchase games like the NFL is doing. Is the end near for a downturn in attendance coming too?

smithy610
Super Member
2 days ago

So where do the Angels stand before their first series against a division rival:

The Angels rank 14th in the majors in OPS (.704), 15th in runs per game (4.27), 28th in ERA (4.77), 24th in starter ERA (4.50), 30th in reliever ERA (5.17) and 26th in FanGraphs defensive runs saved (-14).

According to FanGraphs, the Angels have a 1.5% chance to make the playoffs. Baseball-reference has them at 0.1%.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
2 days ago
Reply to  smithy610

Our chances are better than I would have guessed, so GO ANGELS!  😁 

2GA2Join
Super Member
2 days ago

Some is going to post the “so I’ve got a chance” GIF

Cowboy26
Legend
2 days ago
Reply to  smithy610

So as mediocre as our injury depleted offense is the real problem remains pitching and defense?

Got it

Pineapple12
Super Member
2 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Crazy lol

Roy Hobbs
Super Member
2 days ago
Reply to  smithy610

They were about in the same place offensively last year, so considering they lost Ohtani, that’s not bad. The problem is that the starting pitching and bull pen were also roughly the same and they spent money on the bullpen to be better so that is not good. The starters, if I remember, may have around 20th, so they have regressed.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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Reply to  smithy610

The Angels are off to one of the worst starts in franchise history because their plan for a winning team hinged on improvement from their young players and better health from their veterans, and neither has happened so far.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend

There was a plan. A stupid plan, but it was a plan nonetheless.

Roy Hobbs
Super Member
1 day ago

That’s a fact!

Roy Hobbs
Super Member
1 day ago

You could also add a failed rebuilt bullpen

Angelz4ever
Super Member
1 day ago
Reply to  smithy610

….so you’re saying we have a chance…..

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
2 days ago

Bally Sports is owned by Diamond Sports and Comcast said no thank you, so in doing the math it could be that our TV broadcast crew might be stuck somewhere on the road buying their own tickets home. Still Arte pocketed a lot of dough when the gettin’ was good.

smithy610
Super Member
2 days ago

Because it’s an off day and there’s nothing going on, from a few days back:

The Angels are something of a haven for players who otherwise might not be in the majors. It’s a team built on giving players second chances.

Though that reflects poorly on the Angels’ front office and its ability to develop robust minor-league depth, it’s cool for many guys who might be out of the sport if not for the Angels.

“(The Mariners) asked if I wanted to coach,” said utilityman Cole Tucker, recounting Seattle’s offer to him after they released him from their Triple-A roster this spring. Seattle knew they wouldn’t call him up. A month later, he was on the Angels’ big-league squad.

“There were some times I did doubt it,” said reliever Amir Garrett on his belief he’d get back to the majors after three teams released him in nine months.

“I kind of made peace with my career and was grateful for it. I thought I was probably done,” said reliever Hunter Strickland of his mindset last year. He didn’t sign with another team following a May release by the Reds.

Hunter Strickland has a 2.16 ERA in 15 appearances for the Angels.

The Angels’ roster is populated with players like this.

There’s outfielder Kevin Pillar, whom the AL-worst White Sox designated for assignment after he batted .160 in April. He went unclaimed, traveled home and then got a call from the Angels the day Mike Trout (knee) went on the injured list.

You have Goodrum, who was driving from Tampa Bay to Triple-A Durham after getting optioned. In the middle of his road trip, he found out he was DFA’d. He’d played in just 24 MLB games over the past three seasons when the Angels claimed him.

Willie Calhoun has been DFA’d three times in the past two years. After electing free agency on Aug. 1 of last season, no team signed him. Now, he’s back in the majors in Anaheim.

There’s Guillorme, who got just 20 at-bats with the Braves this year despite being on the active roster the whole season. The Angels simply needed him more. He started his first two games with the club, including after arriving on Thursday just hours before first pitch.

Carson Fulmer, much like Strickland, spent a good chunk of last season believing he was finished. He was days from retirement. After being DFA’d six times in his career, it seemed baseball had maybe run its course. Then the Angels buzzed him.

“I was pretty close to being done,” Fulmer said after his first call-up by the Angels. “This opportunity opens up a lot more for me.”

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GrandpaBaseball
Legend
2 days ago
Reply to  smithy610

Our pitching needs some work I see. 🙄 

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Legend
1 day ago
Reply to  smithy610

We’re an Independent League team at the MLB level.

Incapable of drafting and developing depth so we claim whoever is floating around out there. Really, a mess of a franchise.

2GA2Join
Super Member
1 day ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

The Angels are fortunate that “relegation” isn’t part of the system.

Twebur
Legend
1 day ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Land of the Misfit MLB roster

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Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Totally this.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend

Perry dumpster diving yet again for another pitcher who doesn’t know control or consistency. At least we know Perry is still employed by Arte.

Through Contreras’ first 56 1/3 frames last year, he was torched for a 5.91 ERA with a greatly reduced 17.4% strikeout rate and a bloated 10.1% walk rate. His fastball velocity, which sat just shy of 96 mph from 2021-22, averaged a noticeably lesser 94.4 mph. Statcast painted the picture of a right-hander who opponents had little problem squaring up: 90.3 mph average exit velocity, 9% barrel rate, 42.7% hard-hit rate.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2024/05/pirates-trade-roansy-contreras-angels.html

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Cowboy26
Legend
2 days ago

Oh Contrer as Senator

Roy Hobbs
Super Member
2 days ago

Is he really better than the guy we just released?

Cowboy26
Legend
2 days ago
Reply to  Roy Hobbs

With his Right Hand.? I would think so.

Twebur
Legend
1 day ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Which ever hand you use, if you use the opposite hand, it’s different.

2GA2Join
Super Member
2 days ago

Good grief.

Statcast painted the picture of a right-hander who opponents had little problem squaring up”

So he’ll fit right in!

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend

“We will win some games”

Wake me up when we can win a championship.

Roy Hobbs
Super Member
2 days ago

You’d have to be Rip Van Winkle

Twebur
Legend
1 day ago

Wake me when we can play .500.
It will be a long hibernation.

Angelz4ever
Super Member
21 hours ago
Reply to  Twebur

That may be as soon as the first two games of 2025….

Angelz4ever
Super Member
2 days ago

Tomorrow we start feeding….I mean playing the AL West.

2GA2Join
Super Member
2 days ago

So… yet again Perry let go of cost-controlled good pitching!

https://twitter.com/milb/status/1790953216550547627?s=46

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend
Reply to  2GA2Join

Looks like a sold-out crowd at that game

AnAngelsFan
Super Member
2 days ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

Time to bring back “The next Knuckerballer” reality show contest.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
2 days ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

I still miss him, always was upbeat and smiling and running everything out to get on.

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Legend
1 day ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

I have the in Weekend Links.

2GA2Join
Super Member
2 days ago

Suarez has been released!

Andrew, that is.
From the Orioles.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend
Reply to  2GA2Join

That’s just cruel.

2GA2Join
Super Member
2 days ago

Y’all are the ones who keep posting “release Suarez, release Suarez”… well there you go…

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend
Reply to  2GA2Join

I guess we’ll need to be more specific

2GA2Join
Super Member
2 days ago

 😆 

Angelz4ever
Super Member
2 days ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

BAN WARNING!!

CAoldskoll
Trusted Member
2 days ago

Angels are bad right now but at least we have an excuse with our lineup and relief chokers. I feel for Giants, just from the fact their GM tried to make the team better spending $$ yet they are a flop. Soler, Snell, Chapman are all busts so far and the Korean star sure ain’t Ohtani. Speaking of, pussy ‘Easy Way’ should have signed with Giants, would have made National League west an interesting competitive division, not having the same F team who easily wins it every year. Giants lost on Ohtani and Judge sweepstakes cause nobody wants to play there. Are Angels heading into that same scenario?

RexFregosi
Super Member
2 days ago
Reply to  CAoldskoll

watching the Mets game everyday before the Angels play is a highly recommended therapeutic intervention

–they do shit nightly that make the Angels no matter what they do, look like a team of gold gloves.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
2 days ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

Yikes! I guess it was not money well spent then.

MarineLayer
Super Member
2 days ago

It will take me a long time to wash the stink off of Washington’s horrendous squeeze decision and unhinged press conference, while doubling down on the stupid the following day. At some point, he needs to come correct, but that does not seem to be in the cards. I don’t blame him for the awful roster Arturo/ Minasian gave him, but that sequence was one of the worst ever. Plus, we have got to do something about Suarez. Washington must insist on him not taking up a roster spot, or just never use him.

Last edited 2 days ago by MarineLayer
Cowboy26
Legend
2 days ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

Ehh I got over it 30 minutes after it happened.

And based upon how they played last night so did the team.

This team cannot produce runs to save their life. Even last night’s offensive outburst was marred with multiple failures to move and score runners with productive outs. I dont blame Wash for trying even if it was really stupid strategy. But we are ignorant as to his relationship with this roster and its impact. To conclude anything otherwise is beyond presumptuous.

I am more interested on how Wash is developing the young guys. It seems to be working with the position players. The pitching may be another matter.

Last edited 2 days ago by Cowboy26
halofansince1978
Super Member
2 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Indeed…it did more good than bad.

Boot up their ass is what they need.

MarineLayer
Super Member
2 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Other than Neto, I don’t see much progress developing players, and I think Neto would develop if anyone managed him. I don’t think Washington uses a roster much different than Nevin. Nevin had Loup, Washington has Suarez. If he wants to kick ass, he should do it behind closed doors. For me this game defines Washington the same way Nevin defined himself with you don’t try to win every night. His comments about his decision making are hilarious, and will go down in the annals of bad Angels history.

RexFregosi
Super Member
2 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

we hired him for IF and development, not to win the post game presser.

good reminder – NL All star infield this decade is pretty much Atlanta Braves

Pineapple12
Super Member
2 days ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

Per my post earlier, Schanuel and Neto looking gooooood.

Wash’s impact rests almost exclusively in the development of our young talent and building a respectable culture.

MarineLayer
Super Member
1 day ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

He hasn’t done either.

steelgolf
Super Member
2 days ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

Just never play Suarez is the route I would take. Make sure cobwebs are growing in his glove.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend
Reply to  MarineLayer

Wow. You’re dissatisfied with someone related to baseball strategy within the Angels and you’re taking them to task? Amazeballs.

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