The December 1st, 2011 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including reactions to the Iannetta-Chatwood trade, Tim Salmon on the Hall of Fame ballot, Trumbo receives another rookie honor and much more...
The Monkey Says: If Keith Law actually says something positive and snark-free about something, then you must be doing something right. I really like his point about how Colorado could be the worst place for Chatwood's style of pitching to succeed.
The Story: Chris Iannetta has finally been freed.
The Monkey Says: An underreported aspect of this trade is that Iannetta got jerked around a lot by the Rockies management, kind of like Scioscia jerked around Mike Napoli. Naps clearly flourished once he escaped Scioscia's rule, so maybe Iannetta can do the same now that he is out of Colorado, but that assumes that Scioscia won't put the same kind of pressure on Iannetta that he put on Napoli,
The Monkey Says: Let's be honest, the King Fish has no chance in hell of making it to Cooperstown. The only thing I am curious about is if he will get the needed 5% to stay on the ballot for another year. I doubt he does since he never even got enough appreciation from the media or fans to get him into an All-Star game. One thing he has in his favor is that he is one of the "definitely no PEDs" sluggers, so he might get a slight boost there. I'm guessing he gets 3% of the vote.
The Monkey Says: I love the tidbit about Shawn Wooten being the last Angel to receive that honor. Talk about a blast from the past.
The Monkey Says: I'm going to try and put this delicately so as to not offend, but this is a very key point Dipoto is making and some people don't seem to get it. OBP is very important. It is much more important than batting average. If you don't like this trade because Iannetta hits for a poor average, you aren't seeing the whole picture. In his worst season, Iannetta's OBP was .318. In Mathis' best season, his OBP was .288. That's a lot of outs Iannetta can save and that doesn't even factor in the big power advantage he has over Mathis. If you want to dislike this trade, fine. Just don't try and hate on it based on his damned batting average.
The Monkey Says: That's interesting because it makes it sound like he is done upgrading the offense. Iannetta will definitely help, but this team needs more lineup help than that.
The Monkey Says: 19-year old me loves this post. My mancrush on Erstad in his prime ran so deep it is scary. This might even inspire me to write a long ode to my love of Ersty at some point later in the off-season when the news cycle slows down.
Batting average is extremely important if you're a middle of the order hitter whose sole job is to drive runs in, but even then it isn't that important. Chris Iannetta will hit at the bottom of the order, and all the Angels need him to do is get on base. Occasionally someone like Bourjos or Aybar will drive him in. any way you shake it, it's better than Jeff Mathis.
@ScottyAllenLAAI " any way you shake it, it's better than Jeff Mathis" This should be the official slogan of this trade. It perfectly encapsulates how wrong the people hating on the trade are. I was actually going to do a top ten on why this is a great trade for the Angels. All ten reasons are "Iannetta is not Mathis."
I don't understand how anyone could hate on this trade. They must not remember that sinking feeling every time Jeffery stepped into the batters box to ground into his signature game ending double play. I don't care if Iannetta comes in and does the exact same thing because, like you both said, Iannetta is not Mathis... and I couldn't be happier about that.
@monkeywithahalo I would read and cherish every letter of every word or of reason in that article lol.
While I agree with Mr. The Monkey completely about his comment on the "With catcher now upgraded" headline concerning OBP, I think he is really onto something with "this team needs more lineup help than that."
It may be that an over-reliance on stats that causes him to overlook the trouble at third. Just on OBP you'd say, "Hey! Dude is really helping the team. Now if we could just drive him in!" You really have to experience with your own eyes the wonder and joy that is Alberto Callaspo to fully appreciate the need to occasionally chuck the axiom "OBP rules all." This guy has to get the award for Worst Baserunner In A Starting Role. Not only does he way-too-often run into outs, he way-too-often does not advance when he should. You'd think he has an allergic reaction to the sight of Dino Ebel or something the way he runs/plods around out there letting his little nerve center excuse for a brain control his actions. And fielding. There is no stat yet that can cover that deer-in-headlights look he has sometimes after he successfully picks up a ground ball. The Angels should nicely ask the oppo if they can keep a coach at third with their guy so he can yell, "Go to first!/Go to second!/Double play!/Hold the ball!" or whatever.
Or maybe there's just no clear upgrade available. That choice is hard to believe. There must be a shortstop they can convert who would be an upgrade running and fielding without killing them with OBP. The OBP part was the only thing, sadly, that hurt BWood.
@Rick K. Personally, I prefer Maicer to Callaspo at third and won't cry if they end up splitting time there. The issue is there is no clear upgrade available unless you like Aramis Ramirez. He is a better hitter, but there are character concerns about him. Not to mention concerns over him mailing it in once he gets his contract, plus he is a below average defender. We'll see though, maybe Dipoto can get creative via trade.
@monkeywithahalo Sorry, I meant DiPoto's potential over-reliance on OBP to determine Callaspo's worth. And good point! If they have everybody playing where they should more often that will free up Izzy to play more third instead of spending so much time at second.
@monkeywithahalo@Rick K. Although I see Dipoto shying away from bringing in bigger hitters and sticking with contract shedding Izturis and signing Bell and Wilson (final payroll would be 141 million), I wouldn't put it past Jerry to pursue David Wright who when healthy is pretty good at getting on base. Actually when he's healthy he's pretty good at a lot of things.
@Rick K. @ScottyAllenLAAI @monkeywithahalo I don't know about Wright. I'd be wary of having a guy with back problems on my team. Acquiring him would probably involve trading Izzy or Callaspo. Any combination of the three would probably leave the Angels in the same situation. A guy who can't run and a guy with a glass back, or said guy with glass back and the walking China doll that is Maicer Izturis. Not to mention losing at least one other player in the deal.