The December 14th, 2011 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Moreno felt compelled to pursue Pujols, Albert's effect on the Angels defense, Wilson talks about his post-season struggles and much more...
The Monkey Says: Arte finally gets it. The money is a big risk for him, but he realized the marketing effect landing Pujols would have on a team that was developing a nasty reputation for beind too cheap and, let's be honest, too cowardly and/or stupid to make significant moves. There is no way he gets Albert without the massive TV contract, but at least he didn't just pocket the money like so many owners would and instead reinvested it in the on-the-field product.
The Monkey Says: Trumbo graded out well at first last season, but almost every scout insists that he is a poor fielder, so this seems like it should be an upgrade. I definitely can't see how this could turn into a negative defensively unless Trumbo moves to third and proves to be a disaster like so many suspect.
The Monkey Says: That sounds like a BS excuse to me. It also doesn't do anything to lead me to believe he'll be any better when the weather gets cold again... assuming there is even any truth to his excuse.
The Monkey Says: I like this piece if only because it reminds the general public that Dan Haren is a lot better than folks realize, but I still give the nod to Weaver. He's more consistent and seems to be, and this is strictly my subjective observations, more capable of rising to the occasion under pressure. That being said, I wouldn't exactly be broken up if Danny got the call over Weave in Game 7 of the World Series.
The Monkey Says: The spirit of Tony Reagins lives on! Deadline offers forever!!!! Actually, a deadline makes sense in this case. Pujols was close to making a decision as it was, so the deadline was largely meaningless. If anything, it put pressure on Pujols' agent to get a final offer from the Cardinals before the Halos got cold feet (which everyone knows is a real possibility dating back to last Winter Meetings). Dipoto shouldn't go getting into the habit of this deadline thing like Reagins, but at least he seems to realize it does have some utility when used responsibly.
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I have known Arte for 40 years! I worked with him in his advertising company, and know him personally as well. He is a shrewd, capable and ruthless guy. Arte is with you...WIN or WIN.
Just please remember the Vladimir Guerrero deal. VLADDY chose Anaheim because Arte spoke Spanish to him, and charmed him with being in the family! VLADDY was awesome, but when he got old and tired...Arte dumped him like a bad habit. Arte will do the same to Albert. That is just Arte's way. So, I hope Albert does well. Albert IS a great guy.
I keep reading and pondering, but my gut feeling tells me Haren would give more for the team than Weaver. I remember that game he won in relief, who else would simply prompt himself at almost midnight to play on a day he wasn't schedule to pitch, let alone start!
Furthermore, I felt bad for Haren when Rojas committed that damn gaffe last saturday, as he claimed Weaver the ace with so much hype, and them just mentioned Haren's presence like he was just a #2 or even #3 pitcher. He was visibly embarrassed.
@LOVEMYANGELS What you say MAY have some merit however Arte didn't sign Vladdy (NO disrespect to Vladdy at ALL) to a 10 year contract AND a 10 year post playing career contract either. Vladdy was, in my opinion, at the time, the biggest signing in Angels history and he was largely responsible for what I like to call the Angels "Golden Years" or "Glory Days" of 2004-2009. The Angels got the last of Vlad's awesomeness and when the contract was up, we didn't renew because he was just not the same. He may have done decent in Texas but what did he do in Baltimore and what will he do now... a mere two years later.
Albert's gunna be in Anaheim for the next 20 years, we all need to get used to it. It is a completely new era in Angels Baseball!