The October 17th, 2011 edition of daily news for the LA Angels including Angels get permission to interview DiPoto, Angels discussing huge TV contract with Fox, looking at what Trout's AFL experience could mean and much more...
The Monkey Says: Some believe DiPoto is the front-runner for the Halos gig, but Buster Olney tweeted late last week that DiPoto was also the front-runner for the Orioles job. Normally, I would think picking between the Angels and the Orioles would be no contest since Baltimore hasn't been good for years and also has a meddlesome owner in Peter Angelos and controlling manager in Buck Showalter, but the Angels have Moreno and Scioscia, which makes it more a matter of preference, though I think the Angels still have the edge.
The Monkey Says: Assuming that is the figure, that would add $30 million in revenue per year for the Angels. Take this report with a GIANT grain of salt though. For starters, their current TV contract doesn't expire until after 2015, so there isn't a ticking clock on these talks nor would that big revenue boost be realized soon enough to make a major change in the current dealings. Most importantly, this is the second off-season in a row the two sides have talked and supposedly been near a deal, so this may stall out just like last season. Personally, I believe the report is emerging more as a PR stunt from either Fox or MLB to try and somehow put pressure on the Dodgers and their ongoing saga over their TV contract rights with Fox.
The Monkey Says: Not much, apparently. The only real reason I can see for the Angels sending him to the AFL instead of to a Latin American winter league is that the Angels can control his playing time and development a bit more. Plus, it may not be a great idea to send a 20-year old to go live by himself in the Domincan or Venezuela. There is some talk of Trout starting 2012 in Triple-A, but it doesn't seem his AFL performance will have any impact on that decision, which should be a no-brainer to just let him play in the majors, but that will partly be up to the new GM to decide.
The Story: Is Mark Trumbo the next Mike Jacobs?
The Monkey Says: That's not a good thing, if you don't know who Mike Jacobs is. This is a GREAT bit of analysis on how long the odds are against Trumbo having a long and successful career and why we harp on him so much for never walking. The great point he makes at the end about the Angels being foolish to consider first base filled for years to come because of Trumbo's presence is one I hope the new GM realizes too. It is possible he can address his plate discipline issues to a certain degree, but history has whosn that, for the most part, it is just one of those innate skills that you either have or you don't.
Boy, if that OBP observation in the Trumbo article is true then I'm happier than ever the Angels "fumbled" negotiations on Carl Crawford. Even if it works out that way for Trumbo, let's not blow a wad of cash on a seven year deal for some big-shot first baseman that we'll regret in the third year. Pujols may be productive throughout but you can't predict that and Fielder has no shot. Can you say, "Mo Vaughn"? Let someone else get eyestrain fighting the actuarial charts. Unfortunately, there will always be those who chase the sparklie. "Ohhhh, home runs!"
For those who pissed and moaned about the Angels not giving John Lackey everything he wanted, did you see the tidbit at MLBTR, "Zambrano could once again be a top-of-the-rotation hurler while some doubt if Lackey is even a No. 4 or 5 starter"? OUCH!