The November 7th, 2011 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including the Mets want Bourjos for Wright (good luck with that), Scott Servais hired as assistant general manager, Bulger, Pettit and Navarro amongst 13 Angels granted minor league free agency and much more...
The Monkey Says: That's just laughable, especially when the article says the Mets would want Bourjos AND two of the top pitching prospects in the Angel organization. A Wright-for-Bourjos deal straight up isn't even one they would take at this point. I guess you can't blame the Mets for asking though. DiPoto is new to the organization, so they can always hope that he somehow undervalues Bourjos. Even if he does, the Mets have to also home DiPoto somehow is jonesing to get his hands on an expensive, poor fielding third baseman with declining production and a bad back that is one year away from free agency. I really hope this is just the columnist throwing crap against the wall because if the Mets think they are getting anywhere near this much value in return for Wright from any team, they are fooling themselves.
The Monkey Says: Servais was Texas' player development director which is impressive given how great the Rangers farm system currently is. Once again, DiPoto hires someone with more of a scouting background, but at least he made the Rangers weaker in the process, so scoreboard for Jerry.
The Monkey Says: The moves create a few openings on the Angels 40-man roster. Joining those three in free agency will be Gil Velazquez, the immortal Paul McAnulty, Freddy Sandoval, Eric Junge, Cole Armstrong, Anel de los Santos, Orlando Mercado, P.J. Phillips, Jeff Baisley and Kevin Melillo. Some of them will likely be re-signed to minor league deals, but nobody there is really a big loss.
The Monkey Says: Lucho had a big year in Double-A this season, so he could be in line for a September call-up and maybe a shot at the 2013 starting job at third base. The 40-man roster now stands at 36 players.
The Monkey Says: I like how Torii claims he was about to get busy with his wife before the quake hit but then his sons outed him for being mid-bowel movement instead. On a related note, I am never going to let my daughter use social media.
The Monkey Says: Between Lankford, who was pretty good in his day, and some of the other comps in that article, I think my budding mancrush on Speedy Petey is well justified, though I don't think Bourjos is ever going to his 30+ homers like Lankford did.
The Monkey Says: Hunter was a surprised to receive the award. I was surprised to learn the award existed.
The Monkey Says: Yep, it is officially prospect list season. Speaking of which, the MWaH/LAAI top 30 Angels prospect list continues with our #25 prospect later today.
The Story: Apply now for the 2012 Angels Strike Force.
The Monkey Says: Are you a pretty girl who has a always wanted to pelt people with t-shirts? Then this is the job for you!
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Looks like the Mets didn't hear that Tony Reagins doesn't work here anymore. To trade 5 years of a 4+ WAR, cost-controlled CFer for one year of a $15 million 3Bman with a bad back would be insane. At least Vernon Wells had a decent year before Reagins & Co. magnanimously agreed to take his contract off the BloJays' hands. At this point, I'm actually glad that the Wells trade happened. Reagins's sheer incompetence would have forced a change at some point, but the Wells-Napoli disasterpiece certainly hastened the process by at least a year or two. Sevais sounds pretty impressive. Looks like our new and vastly improved FO is shaping up quite nicely.
When I heard the Angels had signed Scott Servais over the weekend I half hoped it was actually catch. Jeff Mathis (lack of) ability with the bat makes Servais' career line look like it belongs to an offensive juggernaut.
@scioscialite I was extensively reading aobut that rumor and discussions about it in MLBTR, with Scott Allen taking part of it. While I like the idea of having David Wright and stuff, it's nonsense to part with Bourjos and Chatwood. Yet none of them are imprescindible to the team, at least not with Trout and Moore knocking on the door, our long-term will be prejudiced. People think Bourjos' stats are overrated, but if he learns how to steal a base (he has done it on raw speed so far) and improves his plate discipline, he'd be a great leadoff.
@scioscialite Back to the topic, for me, Wright is more than just a 4 WAR player, I think of him playing around 5.5 war, as he should be healthy again next season. If he's not, which I'm not inclined to believe, I'll reassess...
@alansmafra Hey, Alan. Is your gamer tag "asafra"? I played Multiplayer today with him just before noon PDT and I thought it might be you. Get it? Alan S mAFRA.
@alansmafra@scioscialite I'm pretty sure Dennis' point is that the trade just isn't worth it. There has already been indication that Wright will decline his option to go back to an east coast team. The Angels would be giving up too much. A flyball-pitching team like the Angels needs the best possible outfield defense and that includes Bourjos. Four More Years! That's my slogan, longer if they can keep him.
@Rick K. Socialism... Reminds me of some nicknames I've used in good ol' CS... "PIMP", "Stalin", "Bush" and my favori one: "Osama"... But I bet you're not talking about CS...
@alansmafra Awwww, MAN! You have to admit my deductive process at least *seemed* to have merit.
Look for Socialism. There's nothing quite so satisfying as seeing "Socialism Has A Killstreak Of 15!" on the ol' plasma game screen.
@Rick K. Sorry, man, it wasn't me. I'm not even aware of what game it was, but at 6pm BRDT I was on my way home.
You'll either find me as alansmafra (since 07) or aladdinlee (since 99), no matter where. Please tell me about what game is it so maybe we can play some time.