The November 14th, 2011 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including the Angels are talking to C.J. Wilson, they also might have made an offer to Ryan Doumit, Trumbo suffers a setback in his foot injury recovery and much more...
The Monkey Says: I firmly believe Wilson is too expensive for the Halos, but talking to his agent certainly can't hurt, especially since Wilson is from the area and might be willing to offer a discount to return home (though I doubt that as well). At worst, these talks will make Wilson more expensive for the Rangers to re-sign, so there really is no drawback here.
The Monkey Says: Doumit has good power for a catcher, but isn't much help in the OBP department, but you can't be too choosy at that position. It will be interesting to see if the Angels really are interested because if they do sign him, it will be sort of the first real display of whether or not DiPoto can convince Scioscia to use a player that he may not be comfortable with, since Doumit isn't much of a defender at catcher.
The Monkey Says: Looks like someone jumped the gun last week when it was declared that Trumbo was fully healed. This setback is bad news for the odds of Trumbo making a successful conversion to third base as every single week he can practice there is worth a lot right now. Instead, it looks like he might only get a few weeks of real development time at the hot corner before training camp opens.
The Monkey Says: ...including Mickey Hatcher. Sorry, everyone.
The Monkey Says: He once again threw water on the idea of Fielder and Pujols but didn't close the door entirely. Adding another starting pitcher seems to be his top priority right though, so it is possible they could be more active in that area.
The Monkey Says: Well, that's good news. That would have been the rich getting richer, but it also means that they are probably going to spend their money smartly, which isn't as good news.
The Monkey Says: The Angels do have a number of Venezuelan players, so it isn't likely they can do much to get them out of there anyway, but they do have other non-Venezuelans playing winter ball down there. One has to imagine that even though the players won't be recalled, the teams and MLB must be doing something to ramp up security.
The Monkey Says: OK, people. Enough. We get it. We got it the instant the Angels traded for him.
The Monkey Says: I don't link to most of the charity stuff (unless news is slow), but this is actually kind of cool.
Oh, it's not Angels news but the Marlins had some players prance around on stage to officially show off their new uniforms. Uh...I hope they didn't pay too much of a consultant's fee for the end result. Is it just me or do these things look more like something a single A team would wear? I thought the old uni's were pretty classy, especially once they bailed on the all-teal outfits. Teal was born to be an accent color and the black outfits looked really darn good, IMHO. I'm sure dressing in a clown outfit will entice the players to perform better. If Albert doesn't sign there it will be because he'd rather dress in the incredibly cool Cardinals jersey (I've wanted one since the eighth grade, dammit, after a Dodgers "53" jersey and Jim Fregosi's "Angles" jersey but they've always been more expensive than any other.).
Yes, we all knew the Wells contract was bad THE DAY IT WAS SIGNED a few years ago. Why is this "news"? Leave it to the MSM to dwell on exactly the wrong things. If they were reporting actual news we'd hear more about Fast And Furious and Solyndra. Too bad that's leaked into sports as well.
Anyway, KLaw had an interesting talk with Joe Sheehan last week. They are not happy about the idea of signing either Pujols or Fielder. Joe made an interesting comment that too many GM's think that just because they have money to spend they have to spend it and that standing pat is often the best course of action. This is a concept that I wish more Angels' fans understood. "Oh, look! We have $20MM to spend this off-season. We'd better find some bodies to spend it on." No, that's how you end up with a Takamine and a Wells. I can only hope Jerry DiPoto has the strength of his convictions to stand up to a few fans who want to spend Arte's money and then wash their hands of "his" bad investment.
@Rick K. Yes, it is a systemic problem in baseball. I am convinced this is why the Angels traded for Wells, because they had money that the MUST spend. Taka though was seen as a smart move at the time (not sure about a two-year deal, but the money was right). It is also why the Red Sox signed lackey, so, oops!
In a funny way, it is almost a good thing the Angels don't have much financial flexibility this off-season because it will make them think long and hard about the moves they make because they have to make them count.
@monkeywithahalo True and true. But I was worried about Histamine Takawhosis from the start and probably watched him a little too closely, not being forgiving in any way, because Mark Simon, a huge Mets fan, was so glad he was gone and mocking us from day one on the podcast.
BTW, I realized last week that MLBTR has updated their app so it looks better on an iPad and you can now track players by name so I have a few names listed so they will pop up when associated with whoever, especially the Angels. So...where's the MWaH app?
@monkeywithahalo BTW, I am aware that Takamine makes (very nice and inexpensive) guitars (although my "beach guitar" is an Ibanez) and histamine is an organic nitrogen compound. I can just never think of his correct name, probably due to the hatred of him that Mark instilled in me.