The January 23rd, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Luis Ayala considering an offer from the Angels, Haren's duel with Verlander was the best of the year, David Eckstein (sort of) retires and much more...
The Monkey Says: This article claims it is just the Orioles and Halos, but a subsequent version of the rumor claims two other teams are in play. I wouldn't wait on the edge of your seat for this to be resolved, mostly because Ayala isn't anything special. His ERA was great last season, but his FIP and xFIP were almost double his ERA, suggesting he had a lot of luck on his side. It isn't that Ayala wouldn't help, but he just doesn't fit the mold of a guy who will be that late-inning help Dipoto has been seeking.
The Monkey Says: And yet the Angels game against Verlander that everyone will remember is the one where Weaver went ape and got ejected.
The Monkey Says: So he didn't actually officially retire, but he didn't play last season and is only willing to play in the right situation this season. That situation probably won't arise, but it is a smart thing to say, especially when a contender like the Boston Red Sox just made a trade to create a giant hole at shortsop that he might be able to fill.
The Monkey Says: Lach is a great baseball man, but it is going to be hard for me to ever separate him from the 1995 collapse.
The Monkey Says: This is pretty dang awesome. Definitely a great resource, so let's hope they keep it updated.
The Monkey Says: I would go with Trout, partially because I am biased but also partially because of Harper's potential attitude problems. If I want an elite prospect, I want one that will stay with the organization forever and that is less likely to be the guy who thinks he is God's gift to baseball.
The Monkey Says: This really isn't even a debate, it is the Rangers in a walk. The only hope of the Halos winning is if Mike Trout gets called up and occupies the leadoff spot while performing as well as we believe he can.
The Monkey Says: He is in some pretty nice company, but Cron is really a first baseman in name only. Everything about him right now suggests he is destined to be a DH.
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I was just skimming through Mark Saxon's chat transcript from Thursday. Nice V-Dub reference, Mr. The Monkey! Anyway, I was struck by his comment indicating that Morales improved play at first (which it was) could be an indicator that he may make an improved third baseman. Yet there is a total blow-off of any thought that Mark Trumbo's improved play at first (which it was) could be any sort of indicator of same. I understand that Morales has more time playing third but all reports (and his switch to first even in a time of need at third) indicate that his advantage in playing time there still left him in the "Terrible" category. 'Sup?
Too true about whether I'd rather have Trout or Harper. Players suffering from Hochevar Syndrome don't endear themselves to anyone and the effort to refine the talent often doesn't match the effort to stroke the ego or run the mouth. It's Trout going away.