The November 29th, 2011 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Angels talk Guthrie trade with Baltimore, have "serious" interest in Aramis Ramirez, show interest in Iannetta and much more...
The Monkey Says: As I said yesterday, any of this stuff is really just Dipoto doing homework to see who is available and what the potential price is. Guthrie has seemingly been on the trade block in Baltimore for years, but they've never let him go. If the O's are serious about moving him this time, the Halos probably aren't overly interested since they have a number of other options in free agency to pursue before they would get to a pitcher of his level.
The Monkey Says: Which is exactly what you expect an agent to say, especially when few other big payroll clubs have expressed an open interest in your client. This one doesn't even make much sense though since Jerry Dipoto said in no uncertain terms a few weeks ago that he was not going to pursue Ramirez. This would seem to be a classic case of an agent claiming a team is interested in a guy for the sole purpose of driving up his price. Move along, folks. Nothing to see here other than an agent his is completely full of crap.
The Monkey Says: Yet another catcher the Angels have checked in on. I very much like the idea of Iannetta since he has power and patience, even if he will likely post a Mathis-like average. Still, just chalk this rumor up to Dipoto turning over every stone to see what he can do to upgrade the team's catcher situation.
The Monkey Says: OK, not this is just getting stupid. This post fails to cite where it was exactly that the Angels were "connected" to Ortiz. That's probably because THEY AREN'T. Not that I am the end all, be all of Angels news, but I scour every outlet for news on them on a daily basis for these Halo Headlines and I have not seen one single outlet even suggest that the Angels ever expressed any interest in Ortiz. Why in the world would the Halos want anything to do with Ortiz when they already have a giant logjam at the DH spot? And seeing how the butthead who wrote the post still refers to the Angels as the Anaheim Angels, I don't think she is to be trusted.
The Monkey Says: I never knew that non-playoff teams got any money from the playoff shares. That seems really weird, you know, because they didn't make the playoffs. One would think that is a basic requirement for getting playoff shares.
The Monkey Says: Trumbo's comparisons are all over the map now. I think it is pretty safe to say that nobody really knows how he is going to turnout in the long run, which to me is all the more reason for the Angels to trade him.
I like David Schoenfield's work, and found his analysis of Trumbo pretty enlightening. I can see Trumbo turning into a Matt Williams-type, good but never great player whose home run prowess obscures his more serious faults. I also found it interesting how Schoenfield seems to feel a Fielder signing would benefit the Angels most. I heard how the Cubs now are pursuing Pujols and Fielder despite not being contenders next year because of the dearth of available FA impact bats in the next few years. I still don't see Dipoto committing $20 million plus a year on one player, but I have to admit I am getting a bit nervous seeing some good players come off the board. I thought the John Jaso trade was a good one for the Mariners, and he seemed the type of catcher the Angels would be in on. Nathan is gone, and not it looks like Broxton is as well. Looks like CJ Wilson is kind of holding our winter plans hostage. I think I read that Wilson's agent did say that CJ will decide by the end of the winter meetings, so the teams that made him offers probably did put that as a deadline.
@scioscialite I like Dave, too, but that shot "thank you, Vernon Wells" was completely unnecessary and grossly inaccurate. Wells didn't hold the Jays down and force them to give him that contract. If anything he might have written, "thank you, Tony Reagins".
Nuance! More to the point, if he could field like Williams (or even close) I'll bet we could live with Trumbo at third until a viable replacement could come up through the system. It's all about the reps and it's too bad that broken foot kept him out of winter ball. I'm still not down with chasing either Pujols or Fielder. Most of the electrons used to write about these guys relates to which one would be the least toxic over the long run for the signing team rather than how great it would be to have him. And the writers who give Fielder the edge do so only because of his age. None of these analyses inspire enough confidence in me to even attempt to flush these guys out of the bush.
@Rick K. I can't really see Trumbo playing 3b, but I can see his bat being similar to Williams, though that wouldn't be as valuable at 1b. I'm thinking Kendrys is through, we won't get Fielder or Pujols, and that Trumbo is our 1b until Cron is ready. Schoenfield is actually chatting right now and said he thought the Angels were the front runners for CJ Wilson.
@scioscialite@Rick Well, I'd rather see them get a good pitcher (at a reasonable price, of course) than go through the contortions of finding another first baseman. If they do sign Wilson they are out of all running for Fielder and Pujols but I think they'd be stronger overall with the improved pitching. I wonder a little bit how much the lameness of the fourth and fifth pitchers placed an undue burden on the bullpen at times, reducing their effectiveness over the course of the full season.
It would still be kind of cool if Trumbo could play third. He has a much better arm than the average first baseman and he could probably catch the ball hit within reach. But you are probably correct, Morales may well be done so just plug Trumbo in at first, if only because there are no inexpensive obvious alternatives. Oh...Kotchman, I guess, if you'd prefer fielding and probably OBP.