The February 8th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including predicting what the Angel batting order might look like, another bad Bourjos trade idea, wondering how many at-bats Trumbo will get and much more...
The Monkey Says: My preference would be to go Aybar-Kendrick-Pujols-Hunter-Morales-Wells-Callaspo-Iannetta-Bourjos with Aybar and Bourjos switching spots with a lefty on the mound. Really though, Scioscia uses over 100+ lineups each season (not an exaggeration), so worrying about this is a big waste of time.
The Monkey Says: The Bad Bourjos Trade Idea is becoming daily feature, and that isn't a good thing. This idea is at least a valiant effort but still doesn't do it for me because, as the writer said himself, "Trading a position player for a reliever is almost always a goofy idea." Clippard is really good, but Bourjos is much better and I would think that the Nats would have to sweeten the pot a bit more than a guy like Solis to get the Angels to even think about it.
The Monkey Says: That is impossible to answer right now. If Morales is healthy and productive, he might not get more than 200. If Morales needs another surgery, he might get 600 at-bats.
The Story: Previewing the Angels shortstop position.
The Monkey Says: Saxon (finally) nails this one. Aybar's impending free agency will be a big topic all season long, especially because Aybar has always been one of Arte Moreno's personal favorite players.
The Monkey Says: I love this series because we seldom get insight into how the lesser roles in a front office work. Also, I kind of love the idea that Hal Morris got Dipoto's attention because of fantasy football. That's a pretty abnormal way to get a front office job for a baseball franchise.
The Monkey Says: As you likely surmised, this list is littered with Angels and as such, it will make you laugh (Kendrick and Aybar) and make you cry (Mathis, Wood and MacPherson).
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@ScottyAllenLAAI finally!!! Someone who shares the "put Harp & Straus on the table before you even ask to talk" sentiment, especially when speaking of the PBJ & Trout. @monkeywithahalo in regards to the trival topic of "lineups" I think it is well understood that even if healthy, Trumbo AB possibilities are completely endless & somewhat out of his control. That being said I REALLY am afraid of Trumbomb getting the Napoli treatment. A Halos lineup with Trumbo & Morales in it is OBVIOUSLY the best case scenario. If Mark is healthy they HAVE to find a way to get him in there....can he catch??? LOL
Any trade involving Garrett's two favorite players (Bourjos and Thompson) would require a minimal return of Bryce Harper and Steven freakin Strasburg! Honestly I feel the same way, position players can make a difference every day of the week. Clippard would stabilize the pen and Soliz is a decent southpaw that may turn into a Joe Saunders type, but I say no for many reasons. The angels have a glut of minor league relievers that should arrive in the next year or two and they will stabilize the pen.