The January 20th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Angels continue to show interest in Francisco Cordero, Halos tried to sign Darvish when he was a teenager, a cautionary tale for Angel fans and much more...
The Monkey Says: This rumor just won't go away, which troubles me deeply. I am convinced that Cordero is washed up. On the other hand, if no other teams show interest, at least they should be able to get Cordero for almost nothing, which makes his potential signing not all that bad. I'm just going to keep telling that to myself until I actually believe it.
The Monkey Says: As the article suggests, that was something of a no-no. It also is probably not as interesting as it sound because 29 other teams also probably tried to get him to skip the Japanese leagues.
The Monkey Says: See, this is why I keep all my Angels memorabilia in a storage locker that my wife doesn't know about. This is also why I am glad my wife doesn't read most of what I write on this blog. This might also be why I spend the weekend sleeping in the basement, should this be the rare occasion that my wife does read the blog.
The Monkey Says: Obviously, I have no real complaint about where the Halos rank. I cannot believe that the Rays aren't in the top five though, but at least he owns up to that omission.
The Monkey Says: Sadly, it is probably time for Vlad to hang them up. He can't really play the field anymore and his power pretty much abandoned him last season. I kind of hope some team gives him a shot, but that is just because I hate to see a guy who was once as great as he was go out with a whimper like this.
The Monkey Says: Those early 1990's uniforms that were most underrated actually are pretty sweet when you look back on them. I think the only reason they are not remember more fondly is because they were the uniforms used in the Angels in the Outfield movie, making it kind of hard to take them seriously. The right call was made about the current uniforms being the best though. The red Angel uniforms are classy and timeless. I'd be perfectly fine if the Angels never, ever changed them again.
The Monkey Says: This is a huge relief for me because when Scotty and I did the MWAH/LAAI top prospect list, I was a little concerned about ranking Maronde #5. It just seems so high for a pitcher who was just drafted, but at least now other people are making the same bold statement about him, so we won't look so bad if this blows up in our face.
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Oddly enough I was never worried about ranking Maronde so high. The Angels have so much depth in terms of fringe talent that having a guy with higher upside that was labeled a "steal" by Keith Law easily made him a Top 10 prospect.
The only part I worry about is putting too much emphasis on his performance in Orem that I saw. One side of me says he just dominated in an extreme hitters league and the other side says says it was against competition that BELONGED in Rookie Ball whereas he's more than likely ready for A-Ball.
Wouldn't be surprised if he ends up in the Cal League by the end of next season.
I think Vlad has that one more year left in him. Sadly, other guys get shots way past their prime to chase records et al, or appease a bet it seems. BUt about 8 teams may sign him, not sure why the ESPN story is so blah, after all the three times Vlad signed as a free agent it was late January/into February, why should this time be different?