The December 20th, 2011 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Abreu wants to be traded, Pujols' wife is mad at God, projecting the Angels rotation and much more...
The Monkey Says: I love the notion that the Angels "should" trade Abreu, as if they are deliberately refraining from doing so. Does Rosenthal really think there is a big market for Abreu? This has a long rant written all over it, so I'll save it for a full post later today.
The Monkey Says: I'm not a religious man, but I am pretty sure God doesn't care about what kind of contract Albert Pujols gets, especially when he is already getting $200+ million no matter who makes the offer.
The Story: Just how good will the Angel rotation be?
The Monkey Says: The Angel rotation may not be the best in the league, but it should be pretty close. Determining who is best is more about fan pride than anything else. I just wish the Rangers hadn't won the bidding for Yu Darvish and put themselves right back into the conversation.
The Story: Angels gift ideas for rotten kids.
The Monkey Says: Funniest. Thing. Ever. I am actually insanely jealous of this because I had thought of doing a post to make fun of the terrible Angels store items, but Sam completely outdid anything I could have ever dreamed of. Damn you, West Coast Mark Simon!!!!!
The Story: A holiday video card from the LA Angels.
The Monkey Says: Lamest. Thing. Ever.
The Monkey Says: Just how much additional revenue Pujols' star power is going to bring in seems overstated to me. Obviously there is a short-term boost in ticket and merchandise sales, but the only way the increased revenue will be sustained is if Albert leads the team to success on the field for pretty much his entire tenure. That is what will make the Angels a team that can carry a national following, which is where the real money is.
The Monkey Says: That would be great, only there is a small problem, he can't be voted in anymore. The only way to get him in now, I think, is via the Veterans Committee and he just doesn't pass the smell test for guys who they usually vote in.
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I'm going to disagree with one of tomorrow's headlines while it's on my mind: Mark Saxon's blog post of this morning. Toward the end he seems to insinuate that the Angels could live without Peter Bourjos in center and it wastes one of Mike Trout's great assets, his speed. The inference being Bourjos would make expensive trade bait and it's time to troll the MLB waters for a good return. Let me re-read that to see if I reach the same conclusion and...yup, I still think that's what he implies.
OK, I'm ready to face the flaming I'm about to take but I just can't see Trout being overly wonderful in center. He just does not look as natural out there as Petey and it really doesn't look to me like he has the arm to play there every day. Once again, it may be his mechanics. He may be rushing his throws without his feet being in the proper position or something. It may be that having him incorporate some device, like the Dwight Evans hop, could straighten everything out. Also, let's remember the overall makeup of the outfield for the next few years. With Wells in left, both Trout and Bourjos can shade in his direction as age takes it's toll on the old wheels.
No, I vote that trading Bourjos now would be a mistake that could just get more painful over the next few years.
I know I've said it before but, somehow, the same answers seem to apply pretty regularly in sports. The first funny line is "[this guy] should be traded' and the secondary offshoot to this comment that we saw so often last off-season is "[this guy] should be traded for a third baseman". As Mr. The Monkey correctly points out, both of these comments are more easily said than done and, in the case of Bobby Abreu, both are patently absurd.
First, you have to find some GM desperate/dumb enough to take him. I'll bet this first part is close to impossible, even if the Angels pay $8.5M of his salary. Add in the part about somebody giving up a third baseman more usable than Prospect #6 and we've just entered an area requiring Xanax. For whoever mentioned it because that person is overly agitated and barely in contact with reality.
And, yes, it's a bummer about the Rangers winning the posting auction. What happened to those darn Blue Jays? The least they can do now is take said aging "outfielder" off our hands the way they took Jeff Mathis. Come ON! They STILL owe us for the whole Wells/Napoli thing!