The July 12th, 2011 edition of daily news for the LA Angels including Heath Bell Mentions the Angels as a Trade Destination, Scott Boras stands in the way of Jered Weaver re-signing, comparing Mike Trout to fellow uber-prospect Bryce Harper and much more...
The Monkey Says: It was a casual mention, but one can't help but think it was something of a Freudian slip by Bell who has surely been briefed in some way on where he might end up being traded. That being said, I kind of doubt he winds up with the Angels, just because he will cost more than I expect them to be willing to play, especially since Bell could be highly sought after by teams like Texas.
The Monkey Says: We knew this already though. What I will say though is that much is made of the strained Boras-Moreno relationship, but at some point it would behoove Boras to mend that relationship so that he doesn't permanently have one of the top spending owners in the league pissed off at him. Ensuring that Weaver stays in Anaheim would be a great way to accomplish that.
The Story: Comparing Mike Trout to Bryce Harper.
The Monkey Says: This is one of those debates that is really kind of pointless because they really are very different players nor do they ever figure to actually ever do much battle head-to-head. That being said, I vote for Trout.
The Monkey Says: Damn, that would have been a steal for the Halos. Then again, trading Mathis for a used rosin bag would be a steal for the Halos too. Jones would be a pretty solid bench option for the Angels and would immediately make Russ Branyan obsolete, plus his name is Garrett and that is always a good sign. The Pirates do need a catcher, so they might come calling for Mathis again once the deadline draws closer.
The Monkey Says: Walden is in shock, probably because his selection really was a surprise to many, plus he's younger and more excitable than Kendrick who surely appreciates the All-Star selection considering he isn't far removed from being demoted to the minors.
The Monkey Says: How was he not inducted sooner? Without him, we'd all be Dodger fans right now, and what a cruel and horrible fate that would have been.
The Monkey Says: I never thought the Angels were a ratings juggernaut, but I find that pretty shocking. It wasn't long ago that there were rumors of the Halos being in line for a rich new TV deal, so it is odd to think that they could get that with such a low ratings share (even though they rate better in terms of total viewers).
The Monkey Says: What sucks is that they can't settle the bet until Bourjos gets healthy, but when that happens, Trout will get demoted to the minors and thus not be around to race. I guess we'll just have to wait until 2012. Oh, and my money is on Bourjos.
The Monkey Says: There is no news value here other than that being hilarious.
The Monkey Says: Funny how much better attended these signing events are when they don't send guts like Trevor Bell and Bobby Wilson.
The Monkey Says: Lots of good stuff here, though it is discouraging to here so many of the other top Angel prospects are struggling with injury issues.