The April 16th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Angels shake up bullpen, progress made towards an extension for Erick Aybar, C.J. Wilson upset at the Rangers for "wasting his time" this off-season and much more...
The Monkey Says: That seems a bit harsh to whack Chopper like that, but he does have a history of melting down anytime he pitches in a pressure situation. Hopefully he clears waivers and heads to Salt Lake where he can build himself up for another shot. As insignificant as he was, the Halos best hope they can hold on to him because they have almost no relief depth in the minors now that Carpenter is part of the pen. Carpenter could be very useful though as he can get a lot of grounders and miss some bats even though he doesn't have overpowering stuff. Other moves made were Brad Mills being activated and then sent down after one game to make room for Jerome Williams on the roster. Alexi Amarista was also sent to the minors to make room for Carpenter. Finally, I do believe that at some point in the near future we will see Bobby Cassevah get activated off his rehab assignment to try and bolster the bullpen, but that might only happen if David Carpenter struggles.
The Monkey Says: This is significant because Dipoto has been very non-committal about the Aybar extension up until now and generally plays everything close to the vest. Looks like this is going to happen. I'd have to guess that Aybar is looking at a very similar deal to the one Howie Kendrick signed earlier in the off-season.
The Story: C.J. Wilson told Dan Patrick that he was upset about the Rangers "wasting his time" this off-season by continually saying they were going to make him an offer but never actually presenting him with one.
The Monkey Says: This statement is going to be overblown because they are only going to focus on the part where he said they wasted his time, but it reads to me like he is just honestly recounting how negotiations went and not trying to insult them, though it surely will be taken that way by some. Of course, one could also argue he was wasting Texas' time by even talking to them even though it was pretty evident that he wanted to sign with the Angels the second the off-season began.
The Monkey Says: That means no Mike Gonzalez, who had been a popular suggestion in recent days. JeDi makes the salient point though that while he may want to acquire a quality relief arm, it is so early in the season that few teams are really in a mode where they would be willing to deal away anyone of significance. Looks like they are going to have to handle this in-house for the next several weeks before the trade market starts to open up.
The Monkey Says: Don't get too excited because Downs wants to make sure he doesn't push himself to come back too soon and screw his ankle up again. On the bright side, he is going to avoid the DL.
The Monkey Says: This is a wonderful slam piece on the Angels, though I am sure he could (and probably should) write similar pieces on all the other perceived contenders in the Majors because they would probably read very similarly.
The Monkey Says: Check the MWAH/LAAI prospect rankings and you will see similar comments about Carpenter, who ranked #16, largely because he has a limited ceiling. With the shameless self-promotion out of the way, it is pretty nice to see people sounding so bullish on Carpenter even though he has only pitched in 21 games above A-ball before he got promoted.
The Monkey Says: Two Goldstein pieces in a row, hope you all pay for BP and/or Insider. Anyway, Trout is obvious but it isn't going to happen until the Halos pull the plug on Vernon Wells who seems to be doing just enough to keep his job for the next few weeks. As for Richards, he is killing it in AAA right now and even Goldstein, one of the biggest Richards doubters out there, is coming around on him. I don't think the Angels should give up so easily on Jerome Williams yet, but it is going to be awfully hard to keep Richards in the minors if he pitches like a guy who could come in and be a quality starter right away.
The Monkey Says: Morales has gone cold since his hot start, which was bound to happen. It might behoove the Angels to rest him a bit more going forward, but really, he just needs to get used to seeing big league pitching still, so there was always going to be an adjustment period, though it might be best for him to move down a few slots in the order until he starts clicking again.
The Monkey Says: I'm not sure using spring training swing is the best comparison, but it does illustrate it well enough. There sure doesn't seems to be much of a visible difference in swings, though I do believe I have noticed more of a load in his swing this year, but I might just be imagining things. One thing is for sure, his spray chart is still horrible as he is pulling almost everything. Wells has always been a pull hitter, but last year he went overboard, much to his detriment and he seems to be making the same mistake this season.
The Monkey Says: I feel like this article was written three months ago, but Rosenthal forgot to submit it and then came across it in his My Documents folder and was like "sweet!" As you can tell, I am really tired of reading stories like this. We get it, ten-year deals worth a quarter of a billion dollars aren't a great idea.
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Yes, I'm sure glad the Angels determined the problem in the bullpen and acted decisively to correct it. Now we can move on, secure in the knowledge that...what's that? The bullpen melted down just as severely as ever yesterday? Huh, maybe the Designated Goat is just as good as any of these guys and they are just going through a rough patch. Which gets exacerbated when people think of Taka as being a left-hander. He doesn't get lefties out even as well as Chopper for their careers and certainly not as well as Downs. The ridiculously pro-Yankee broadcast crew last night even made the horrendous mistake of saying they had to bring Taka in to face that last (left-handed batting) out of the inning, which he was damn lucky to get (only reinforcing the mistake).
Kendry really does need to rest every few days, at least for now and until he returns to full strength. Didn't anyone else notice that limp when he was "running" to first in his final AB the other day?
Yeah, less than two weeks at 3A is definite proof these guys are suddenly ready for the big show. Classic overreaction.
Head Baseball God, shuffling papers on his desk on (the real) Opening Day and speaking to his secretary, "Let's have L.A. start the season 9-1." Monday morning, "You had WHICH team start 9-1??" *Sound of heads rolling.*