The February 29th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Athletics interested in trading for Callaspo, Mattingly and Kemp say LA belongs to the Dodgers not the Angels, "El Hombre" campaign to be ceased and much more...
The Monkey Says: As the article states, they aren't interested in giving up much to get him. The Angels shouldn't be opposed to moving Callaspo, especially if Trumbo shows signs of promise at the hot corner, but depth is a good thing to have, so moving him for a middling prospect likely isn't worth it.
The Monkey Says: The Dodgers have a richer history, so it is hard to argue, but over the last decade, the Halos have the upper-hand. The mere fact that Dodger players are even being asked these questions shows just how much the Angels have closed the gap. Also, Matt Kemp is scared of the Rally Monkey. So there is that.
The Monkey Says: This really is just so dumb that this is even a story.
The Monkey Says: See, Bobby Abreu? This is how you handle a potentially diminished role. Suck it up, put in the work and everything will work itself out.
The Monkey Says: Arte said nothing terribly noteworthy, but at least he is talking again, though I'm not 100% positive that is a good thing.
The Monkey Says: They better given how much money he is making. Also, this only makes sense if they DH him at least a handful of times over the year. He is in tremendous condition, but it isn't going to hurt for him to get a little bit of rest.
The Monkey Says: Thanks for making this a story, Red Sox. What an interesting concept, allowing grown men to handle their own alcohol assumption responsibly and not treating them like children. It is so crazy that it might just work.
The Monkey Says: This means that Mike Scioscia is in... wait for it.... THE BEST SHAPE OF HIS LIFE!
The Monkey Says: That is 110% the right decision, but I don't think I've heard the team actually say it out loud yet. Good to know that they aren't stupid.
The Monkey Says: He doesn't control the strike zone very well, but he was very effective against southpaws last season, so it is possible he could get a taste of the leadoff spot on a part-time basis this season. Mike Scioscia flirted with it a bit at the end of 2011, so don't be shocked if he tries it again to start this coming campaign.
The Monkey Says: I'm quite glad to see that he did this as he did not part on good terms with the team once they let him go in free agency. It would have been a shame for him to hold a grudge about it.
The Monkey Says: Their first month actually looks pretty cushy, if you ask me. The Yankees and Rays are good, but every other April opponent looks like a powder puff, though the Indians might be a little above average potentially.
The Monkey Says: Long live the legend of the ostrich.
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the A's can have Callaspo IF they take Bobby too; we'll pay the shipping Mr. Beane, don't worry about it. I still say the "principals office visit" between Bobby, Soch & JeDi was just to buy time. I won't be shocked at ALL if BA is elsewhere before he is in Anaheim. I actually really like Speedy Petey in the leadoff if he can get a little better with the plate discipline/"strike zone management". I can hear "first to third with reckless abandon" already. As far as Molina is concerned I was thinking this morning how his game calling/catching skills wouldn't be a nice addition to the coaching staff. In his prime he was one of the premiere defensive catchers in the game. I'm stoked to see him back in Angel Red
"What an interesting concept, allowing grown men to handle their own alcohol assumption responsibly and not treating them like children. It is so crazy that it might just work."
Wellllll...this IS California, Land of Big Brother Is Going To Protect You From Yourself Whether You Like It Or Not so don't be surprised if the state legislature jumps in on this at some point.
@Rick K. When I first moved to AZ, someone said, and I will never forget "Arizona, the land of personal responsibility" . Say what you want about Arizona, but "Big Brother" carries a much larger stick in Cali than here...just sayin. Now, onto baseball :)