The February 2nd, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Dipoto's awkward dinner with C.J. Wilson's agent, preaching patience with Trumbo and Morales, looking at the DH logjam and much more...
The Monkey Says: Awkward! This story is so great that I almost feel like it is made up, but I don't know why anyone would.
The Story: Preaching patience with Trumbo and Morales.
The Monkey Says: Stop making so much sense, Alden Gonzalez.
The Monkey Says: I really don't think this that big of a battle. Abreu is pretty much just bench player or maybe part of a platoon with Trumbo if Morales can't get healthy. If Morales will play as much as his recovery allows with Trumbo picking up most of the leftover DH starts. Wells will get his shot at left field, but if he falters, Trout will be called up and Wells will be begging on the corner for at-bats. This really isn't that complicated.
The Monkey Says: "That small amount was the difference." Professional baseball, where $2.5 million is considered a "small amount."
The Monkey Says: Wait, what?!?!?! The Ranger bullpen is potentially stellar while the Halo bullpen was so bad last year that fans started calling it the Blowpen. Bullpen ERAs are very misleading things. Texas' relief corps is weaker than it was last season since they are replacing Feliz with Nathan and no longer have a lefty in the pen, but Mike Adamas is fantastic and Alexi Ogando has the potential to be just as good as a reliever. Meanwhile, in Anaheim, the list of trusted Angel relievers is Downs... and that's about it.
The Monkey Says: That's just incredibly nice that he would take the time to do that. It is also incredibly stupid because he is now inviting a flood of stupid trade ideas to be mailed to him. Don't people know that blog comment sections are where bad trade ideas belong?
The Monkey Says: Walden definitely sounds like he is relieved that the Angels didn't bring in anyone to pressure him for the closer gig, but maybe I am just reading too much into a hand-picked quote.
The Monkey Says: I made this!
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What? Wait, my Touch must be broken...*tap, tap*...I could swear Mark Simon just said pretty much the same thing Mark Saxon did about the bullpen during the first Power Rankings of the year. Just in shorthand. Did Simon really put the Angels at #1? And Texas at #7? Eric Karabell had Texas #1 and the Angels #3, if I remember correctly. Anyway, Simon gives the edge to Angels over everyone else because of pitching and mentioned bullpen superiority. Karabell tried to shoot him down but I have to admit that the Rangers' bullpen didn't look nearly as good as I thought it would be after those trades.
I guess I have to take his assessment with a grain of salt, though. Simon is a Mets fan so points off for that. I think I'd rather have the Angels unnoticed (or as unnoticed as they can be with Albert here now) so I'll go with Karabell's list. Simon's carries too much pressure. I could be completely wrong about the Rankings, it could have been a dream last night.