The December 2nd, 2011 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Rockies also wanted Izturis, Angels expected to make an offer to Aramis Ramirez soon, Halos want to talk extension with Iannetta and much more...
The Monkey Says: I would've been pissed if the gave up Hellweg since he has "win the lottery" potential. As for Izturis, I feel like they can get more for him. In fact, I wouldn't be at all surprised if the Angels and Rockies talk Izturis again with the Halos possibly targeting Huston Street.
The Monkey Says: Dipoto severely downplays his interest in Ramirez whenever he is asked, so it remains to be seen if their interest is as real as reported. Part of me still think Ramirez's agent is overhyping the Angels' interest to drive up Ramirez's price, but this report seems pretty rock solid. I'm not a big fan of such a deal, especially since it would knock the Angels out of the C.J. Wilson bidding. Either way, it sounds like both players will sign during the upcoming Winter Meetings.
The Monkey Says: One can only assume that they will start extension talks with him as soon as possible. This news definitely does not bode well for Hank Conger's future with the organization.
The Monkey Says: Dipoto is playing coy with Mathis even though it seems Jeff will get non-tendered for sure now. However, today there were already rumors that the Orioles and Mets might have interest in Mathis. The O's ended up trading for the similarly skilled Taylor Teagarden instead. While Mathis' potential $2 million arbitration contract makes him less valuable, there is a tiny chance that someone would be willing to trade for Mathis before he gets non-tendered, thus explaining why Dipoto's cryptic statements on Mathis' future.
The Monkey Says: Not that this is an actual trade being talked about, it is pure fantasy designed to draw page views. Funnily enough, the vote is overwhelmingly in favor of the Mets being the ones to say no even though I think most Angel fans would vote no on it too. Heck, I'd vote no for Bourjos for Wright straight up. The whole idea of this just makes me angry.
The Monkey Says: If that comes to pass, then it means the Angels either failed to add any free agent starter help or Jerome Williams fell on his face early in the season. I'm going to go ahead and disagree on both counts.
The Monkey Says: OK, those are signings worth going to.
I understand over rating the players on your own team but I've found most NY fans are the mot unintelligent group of fans in baseball. Most haven't the slightest idea how this game works. They just know that if yu live over here, you love the Yanks and if you live over here, you love the Mets.
Completely unaware that Peter Bourjos is the best defensive CF to play this game in probably the last 2 decades or that Garrett Richards joins a group that includes only Tommy Hansen as pitchers who have 4 "plus" offerings. The guy is still learning how to pitch vs throw and he's still awesome at the upper levels of minors. Coincidentally they are also completely unaware that David Wright is not in fact God, makes 15 million and will be a free agent net year if traded.
The best package I could construct for Wright knowing all the details that I currently do, would probably be a package of many "fringe" or young prospects. The Mets have so many holes to fill and their minor league system is piss poor. I'd offer Jeremy Moore, Trevor Reckling (after a trade should be protected from Rule 5, would lose in the draft anyway) and Fabio Martinez.
Even that package may be too much.
I think we really have to go into this season with 6-7 viable starters. Williams and Richards could out-perform, but they are no sure thing, and since Richards is young he's liable to need to slow down near the end of the season. And somebody usually gets hurt part way through. I guess I'm confident DiPoto understands this.
If Ramirez can be had for cheap then he's probably worth acquiring, but this looks way too much like it could end up like the Vernon Wells situation: acquire older "star," watch him suck as his skills decline...
Well I'm voting no on that trade with the Mets. AND severely mocking whoever made such a ridiculous suggestion. There's humor and there's stupid. John Hughes had a good sense of humor while Judd Apatow and this dude OWN stupid. It's so bad I'm not even going to follow the link to see who it is.
Even John Hart seemed OK with the Ianetta trade the other day, extension or not. As all-around horrible as I think Callaspo is, I'd much rather see the team acquire a good starting pitcher than Ramirez. Build on strength!
@zachvandenberg Declining skills in a pitcher-friendly park. Oh, there's a winning combination!
Here's a wacky headline this morning: $27MM for three years of Heath Bell? Thank you, Jerry DiPoto, for not falling into that trap!
He would have been an Angel for sure under Reagins. Each day I am more and more grateful for Jerry Dipoto.
How about Not Halo Headlines? The Padres signed Matt Palmer yesterday and Omar Minaya today. Add in the Heath Bell signing and the Angels have dodged three bullets in two days. We should be even more grateful!